The Christmas and the New Year in Madrid are opportunities not to be missed! Christmas trees and nativity scenes lit and huge...Christmas markets, of which the most important, together with that of the Paseo de Recoletos, is the market of the Major Plaza, the largest in the whole of Madrid. Continue the exhibitions "The Macchiaoli", held at the facilities of the MAPFRE Foundation until 2014 January 5th, and "Da Bosch a Tiziano: arte e meraviglia dal monastero El Escorial" until 2014 January 12th, at the facilities of the Fundación Banco Santander. Big feast of New Year's Eve then to Puerta del Sol, where the watch of Royal Palace Casa de Correos, opened by Queen Isabella II and located right on the square, is the protagonist of a rite of the population. His 12 chimes, one for each of the months to come, accompany the arrival of the new year, and thousands of tourists eat 12 grains of grapes required by tradition, as a good omen for the future. It's a big party with music, fireworks and festivities.