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At LOCK & enjoy! we are counting down the minutes until the Year of the Dragon kicks off in style in Madrid. If you thought the holiday season was over, you’d be very wrong. This February, the capital is filled with dazzling parades, shows and activities that transport us straight to the streets of Beijing. Do you want to know more about how Madrid celebrates Chinese New Year in style? Keep reading!

Madrid is getting ready to welcome the Year of the Dragon

For the ninth consecutive year, the splendid city of Madrid is transformed into a stage where Chinese culture comes to life. To commemorate the start of the Year of the Dragon, which will take place on Saturday 10 February, the city council has put together an exciting programme of activities. From 2 to 29 February you have the chance to immerse yourself in Chinese culture and this magnificent celebration. LOCK & enjoy! shares the events that you can’t miss! Take note!

Spring Market

The Spring Market will take place on 9, 10 and 11 February. Plaza Junta Municipal del Distrito de Usera becomes a hub of the crafts and gastronomy of this fascinating country. Wandering through the various stands looking at all kinds of crafts and products is a must. Traditional painting and the art of Chinese calligraphy are also on display.

Chinese New Year Celebrations

As we mentioned, the Year of the Dragon will officially begin on Saturday 10 February. To commemorate it, a great celebration with music by DJ Yang awaits you in the Pradolongo Park from 6:00 pm to 8:15 pm. The festival will end with a fireworks display.

Chinese New Years Grand Parade

More than a thousand artists, live music, dances, traditional costumes and three imposing dragons will take to the streets of Madrid’s Chinatown. It will take place on Sunday 11 February, from midday to 3:00 pm. Three hours of performance, excitement and colours for the whole family to enjoy. The parade will start on Calle de Marcelo Usera and will end on Avenida de Rafaela Ybarra.

  • Information: There are LOCK & enjoy! lockers available just 5 kilometres from Usera neighbourhood.

China Taste Festival

Do you want to get to know Chinese gastronomy first hand? In that case, take advantage of the China Taste festival. To celebrate the New Year, 17 restaurants in the capital will offer a special menu with the most typical New Year’s dishes. As if that weren’t enough, you’ll have more opportunities to sample succulent dishes. For instance, at the Spring Market or at the food trucks in Plaza España. Finally, Usera also hosts a tea and pastry tasting.

Spring Run

Sports enthusiasts have yet another reason to visit Madrid. On 18 February, the Spring Run will take place, which is another way of welcoming the New Year. This activity will start and finish in Paseo de Recoletos and will pass through Plaza de Colón, Plaza Castilla and the near the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, depending on the distance you choose. You can choose between 5, 8 or 16 kilometres.

Chinese Temple Festival

On 24 and 25 February you have a date with Chinese theatre, art and culture. Theatre performances such as the Sichuan Opera, Kung Fu shows, acrobatics and much more await you in Plaza España. All this is complemented by the Chinese food trucks we mentioned earlier.

  • Information: There are LOCK & enjoy! lockers available just 1.5 kilometres from Plaza España.

Find our Lockers in Madrid

If you want to make the most of your visit to the capital, you should know that you can count on our locker service in Madrid. At LOCK & enjoy! we love to make life easier for you. Enjoy all the activities and shows of the Chinese New Year with total freedom and convenience using our smart lockers in Madrid. Where to find them

You can find one at Puerta de Atocha, very close to the station. If you’re travelling by train, it’s a great option to leave your luggage in Madrid and go sightseeing in the city with peace of mind. The station’s fantastic connections, bus service and metro service give you complete travel freedom to make the plans you want.

We would also like to remind you that we are located in the iconic Malasaña neighbourhood. Apart from being one of the most historic places in Madrid, it’s very well-connected to other spots in the city, such as the Chueca neighbourhood and Gran Via.

Are you up for the adventure of the Chinese New Year in the heart of Madrid? We think it’s a fantastic way to have a great time and learn more about this exciting culture without leaving Spain. With LOCK & enjoy!, you can explore at your own pace and without worrying for a second about where to store your luggage in Madrid.

Victor Salgado

CEO of LOCK & enjoy! and tourism expert, with experience in leading hotel chains such as Hyatt, Marriott, or IHG. His mastery of Oracle's Opera and its integrations drive excellence in management through any tourism software.