Christmas at Circo Price

The holidays are a good time to have a fun with the family. Today Friendly Madrid proposes a plan for the whole family, the circus! Kids love the circus and we love it too.

Every year the Price Circus Theater together with Smiles Productions present a unique Christmas show that runs through January 7.

This time the Circus has developed a theme around the story of a girl named Blanca who runs away from home to join the circus. Blanca becomes an expert in acrobatics and juggling. 

The circus is directed by Suso Silva, winner of the National Circus Award.

Address: Ronda de Atocha, 35
28012 Madrid

Price: Entrance from 10 euros (general) to 37 euros (balcony).

Special discounts

January 7 up to 20% of discount

January 6 at 19:30- up to 30% of discount

January 1 at 16:30, January 6 16:30- up to 50% of discount

Shows from 28 to December 30 and 2 to January 5 up to 10% of discount


Sunday 29: 12h, 16:30h, 19:30h.

Monday 30: 16:30h, 19:30h.

Wednesday 1: 16:30h, 18:30h.

Thursday 2: 16:30h, 19:30h.

Friday 3: 16:30h, 19:30h.

Saturday 4: 12:00h, 19:30h.

Sunday 5: 12:00h.

Monday 6: 16:30h, 19:30h.

Tuesday 7: 12h, 16:30h.

For more information and reservations:

902 876 870

Ticket office phone number: +34 91 528 81 22


Over the knee boots

This winter knee high and even boots that reach the thighs are more fashionable than ever.

Undoubtedly this is due to Mr. Stuart Weitzman and his famous model boots (highland and 5050).

Many times we love foreign designers and fashion houses without realizing that their products (especially footwear) are actually manufactured in Spain. This is the case with these made ​​in Spain boots.

Stuart Weitzman’s father had a shoe factory in Massachusetts in 1950. When he was 20, Stuart began designing shoes for his father.

When his father died in 1965 Stuart and his brother Warren took over the business. The brothers sold the business to a Spanish company in 1972 but SW still desigs shoes for the brand.

In 1994 Stuart Weitzman bought back his company and continues to manufacture his designs in Spain.


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Restaurant Triciclo

Today Friendly Madrid recommends Triciclo restaurant, in the traditional district of Las Letras, C/ Santa María 28 Madrid.

We loved the autumn mushroom cream soup with grilled foie gras with herbs and toast, ravioli with stewed meat, and steak tartare. For dessert try the rice with milk.

Reserve a table well in advance, otherwise be ready to eat at the bar.

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Nativity scenes in Madrid

Presenting Friendly Madrid’s selection of Nativity scenes in Madrid.

The Nativity scene from the Royal Post

This year the Royal Post has created a uniquely Spanish Nativity scene, with the contribution of more than 50 people between 5 and 70 years old from the Madrid Association of Nativity scenes with more than 90 people helping with the construction over four days. Measuring 150 square metres, weighing three tonnes, and with more than 500 figures made of clay and wood.

Until Jan. 6 in Puerta del Sol, 7.

From 10am to 9pm except Dec. 24 and 31 when open until 6pm, and closed Jan. 1

Free entrance


Nativity scene from the Messengers of Peace Foundation

A gift to Father Angel from the Philippine island of Cebu, this Nativity scene was given in recognition of the charity work done by the Messengers of Peace Foundation in the wake of typhoon Haiyan.

People can donate long-lasting food such as milk, preserves, olive oil, children’s food and cookies.

The foundation also accepts money donations through a vending machine that shows images of the food that will be donated for each monetary donation.

At Nuestra Señora de la Soledad Chapel, Calle Fuencarral 44 (corner of Augusto Figueroa) in Madrid, until Jan. 10. 24 hours/day.

Nativity scene at the Royal Palace

More than 200 Neopolitan figures make up this technically and stylistically impressive Nativity Scene.

At the Salón de Alabarderos in the Royal Palace of  Madrid.

This year, at the entrance of the city, there is an installation of an oriental campsite, which reproduces in small scale, the Ottoman tent kept in the Royal Armory.

From 10am to 6pm until Jan. 12.  Free entrance.

Nativity Scene at Casa de America

An exhibition of Latin American Nativity scenes from the colonial period, belonging to the artistic funds of the Association of Nativity Scenes of Madrid.

Until Jan. 6, Monday to Friday, 9am to 8:30pm, Weekends from 10am to 1pm, at Plaza de Cibeles, 4.

Free entrance.

Going to Christmas markets in Madrid

Madrid In Love

Pop up store where you can find designer clothes, accessories, decoration, furniture, illumination, as well as gourmet options.

From Dec. 13 to Jan. 5 at C/ Fernando VI, 10


The Hovse

Accessories, books, jeweles, toys, flowers, bicycles, a café and more than 80 brands distributed on three floors in a cozy environment for low-stress shopping.

Until Dec. 24, from 11am to 9pm, C/ General Arrando, 40


The offline Store

Original fashion pieces from independent designers, accessorie, sunglasses, vintage.

From Dec. 4 until Jan. 5, C/ Noviciado, 4

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The Christmas Market

Two  pop up editions, from Dec. 12 -15 and Dec. 19 – 22, fashion, accessories, emerging brands. C/ General Pardiñas, 50.

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Nómada Market

Independent design fair, celebrating its Christmas edition  Dec. 13 – 15 in the top floor of Chmartin train station. Workshops, a photocall and packaging area are new elements to this  year’s fair.

Open from 12pm to 9pm, Entry 1 euro.


Portofino Market

Clothing articles with 100% Cashmere, mohair and merino lamb coats, gourmet products, leather bound computer cases and other products from PJ Salvage, Spanx

From Dec. 6 to Jan. 10, C/ Serrano 56, interior patio. Open from 10am to 9pm

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And lastly Solidarity Beauty, for a 15 minute makeup session if you bring 1 kilo of food (with a long lasting used by date) to be dontated.

Beauty Bar at Kiehl’s, Calle Claudio Coello, 52

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The Navibus is a great way to see the beautiful Christmas lights of the main streets of Madrid, until January 6, 2014.

The buses depart from Plaza Colon (Serrano Street, opposite the number 30, next to Discovery Gardens) and the ride terminates at the same location.

Go over calle Serrano, Independence Square (Alcalá Gate), Alcalá Street, Cibeles Square, Gran Vía, Jacometrezo Street, Santo Domingo Square, San Bernardo district, and fashionable Velázquez and Ortega y Gasset streets.


About 50 minutes.

Buy tickets on the bus 

General: 2€

Over 65 years: 1,50€

Children up to 7 years: Free
The schedule:
Monday to Wednesday from 18:00 to 10:00 p.m.From Thursday to Sunday from 18.00 to 23.00. On 25 December from 18.00 to 23.00. On 1 January from 18.00 to 23.00. Except December 24 and 31 and January 5.

The buses depart every 5 to 7 minutes, leaving until 30 minutes before closing time.

The Christmas Wishlist by Friendly Madrid

Running out of time to buy Christmas gifts or don’t know what to buy this year? Friendly Madrid can help.
Here are some affordable suggestions for gifts:
1. Barcelona based Mr. Wonderful makes very original and fun agendas and mugs. Available through their online store.

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2.  Mobile phone cases like these wood or Pantone options make for great gifts.





3. Diptyque candles: we love this brand, especially Baies and Santal fragrances.






4.  A jacket in fashionable pink, from Stradivarius, just in time for Christmas.





5. Attractive home decor from Natura.





6. Lipstick and blush from Nars or Chloé Roses perfume.

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7. Sneakers from New Balance.




 And our other list of more expensive gifts:
1. High black boots by Stuart Weitzman (available also in grey).



2. Black leather boots (with wedges) by Jimmy Choo.





3. We love these shoes by Carolina Herrera in black and white.




4. Givenchy Antigona bag available in different colours.



5. Madrid based Becara has lovely home furnishings.




6. The new Iphone 5s.





Hi everyone,

Here are some suggestions from Friendly Madrid for weekend plans if you are in Madrid.

Starting with markets for charity like the Carmen Lomana market that donates her clothes and the procedes of the event goes to local soup kitchens. Moda Shopping Center this Saturday, Sept. 7 at 11 – 21h. At the corner of Paseo de la Castellana 95.


Molly Market supports talent development in design, art, decoration, music, fashion and gastronomy. From Dec. 7th at 11am to Sunday Dec. 8th at 3pm in COAM Calle Hortaleza, 63. Here you can find original presents for the holidays and support small shops and local artesans. Besides the exhibitors, Molly Market dedicates a booth to charity. This year the market has collaborated with the charity Saharaui Aminetu Haidar, the Madrid food aid, and Isabel Gemio Foundation.


Fernando Alonso Collection. An exhibition of the sporting career of the double world champion of Formula 1. Find trophees, karts, cars and other objects from the private collection of Fernando Alonso. Until the 5th of January the exhibition will be at the Canal Art Center. Workshops and education activites are also offered. Monday to Thursday from 10am to 9pm. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10am to 10pm. General entrance price 7 euros and reduced price 3,5euros.




Terry O’ Neill The face of legends. An exhibition of 62 images in black and white of music groups like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, actors and models. At the Telefonica Foundation until January 12th. Second floor. Free entrance.


Stop to eat at the Galician Shellfish Fair in the old Madrid North train station (Príncipe Pío) next to San Vicente, until Sunday, Dec. 8th. Open from 12pm to 4:30pm and from 7:30pm to midnight, free entrance.

Feria Gallega del Marisco

Finally an activity for children. Dabadum, Children’s and Family fair.In the Ifema fairgrounds until December 8th. A large covered space to enjoy with the family. Offering shows and educational activities. For families with children up to 12 years old. Family pass 25 euros, individual entry 8 euros.




Museums and exhibitions in Madrid

These are the distinguished exhibitions from Friendly Madrid for the next days in Madrid.

At Museo Nacional del Prado we can see:

  • Natural Histories. A project by Miguel Angel Blanco ( Until April 27, 2014).









  • Evil Vanishes, Egusquiza and Wagner’s Parsifal (Until September 7, 2014).






  • Roma in your pocket. Sketchbooks and artistic learning in the XVIII Century (Until January 19, 2014).


  • Velázquez and the family of Philip IV (Until February 9, 2014).




Museo Thyssen- Bornemisza:

  • Surrealism and the Dream (Until January 12, 2014).



Fundación Mapfre:

  • Machiaioli 1850-1874. Impressionist Realism in Italy (Until January 5, 2014).


  • Contemporary Spain. Photography, Painting and Fashion (Until January 5, 2014).





  • Georges Méliés. The magic of cinema (Until December 8, 2013).

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  • The fascination for Japanese art (Until February 16, 2014).

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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia:

  • The hinge between the 1970s and 1980s (Until May 18, 2014).

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  • Between late modernism and globalization: artistic practices during the 80s and 90s (Until January 5, 2014).

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  • Chris Killip Trabajo/Work (Until February 24, 2014).

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