A very Spanish Christmas! Festivities, food & traditions – WIS025



If you’d like to see as well as hear the sights in this episode, check out this episode as a video on the new When in Spain YouTube channel.

I hit Madrid’s Christmas market to see what’s on offer and talk about the Spanish Christmas and New Year timetable. I head up to Doña Manolita’s – the place to buy a lucky Christmas lottery ticket and look at why ‘El Gordo’ is an essential part of the festive season.

Then a stop at ‘Cortylandia’ a slightly tacky spectacle and a must see for families and their kids at Christmas. I wander through a quieter than usual Puerta del Sol to see where thousands of people gather to see in New Year, counting chimes and eating grapes. Finally, food! I look at what Spaniards eat at Xmas, sweet and savoury! Feliz Navidad!

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The When in Spain show is a weekly podcast show, recorded in Madrid (and other parts of Spain) where l talk about my ‘warts and all’ observations and insights on life and culture on the Iberian peninsular.

I cast an eye on everyday life, people, places, politics, culture and history and attempt to give an honest opinion from a Brit who has a love-frustration relationship with Spain. I shall attempt to dispel or indeed confirm Spanish stereotypes through my ramblings and see if I can delve into the Spanish psyche.

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