Christmas Lights Go On As Madrid Prepares For Black Friday

Madrid´s Chistmas lights go on this evening at 7pm to herald the season of goodwill to all – and of course lots of shopping!

The shopping starts almost immediately with Black Friday tomorow, expected to be the busiest retail day ever, and shops across the country are expecting massive crowds taking advantage of special offers and reduced prices.

You can check participating stores on this Spain wide Black Friday link which include all the main brands and department stores such as FNAC, Corte Inglés, H&M, Casa de Libros, Bershka, Desigual, The Body Shop, Amazon, Nike, Media Markt, Ikea, Pull and Bear in Madrid.

Some 850 additional police will be on duty across the city tomorow as crowd control takes centre stage for the masses expected.

The Puerta del Sol metro and mainline cercanias station will be closed to reduce inflow to the epicentre of Madrid.

In addition all of the capitals major shopping centres such as La Vaguada, Plenilunio, Islazul, La Gavia and Plaza Río 2 will have access restrictions in place at peak times.

To encourage people not to take vehicles the city´s municipal EMT buses will be free to travel all day.

Although Black Friday originated in the United States in the 1970s ( taking place the day after Thanksgiving) it is now a global retail event.

In Spain it dates back only around 10 years  – but like that other American tradition, Halloween – it has cought on big.

Some three in four Spanish shoppers will be out and about looking for bargains tomorow – so get in early!


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