With Christmas 2021 at the gates, all the classic preparations for these dates are ready to go on. More if possible after the strange 2020, in which most events, acts and festivities had to be stopped by covid-19. And if a population group was affected by all these Christmas cuts, it was children , with an emphasis on Madrid and those who visit the capital during these days, Cortylandia was one of the great losses when it had to be suspended for the first time in 42 years of history .
” Cortylandia, Cortylandia, let’s all sing, joy in these holidays because it is already Christmas “. Together with the Christmas carols and the songs of Mariah Carey, it is possibly the most repeated verse in Spanish homes during the days that accompany Christmas. A letter that returns to El Corte Inglés de Preciados in 2021 to illuminate the more than 3,000 children who gather on its stage.
A massification that was the main cause that in the 2020 edition the machinery of this show had to stop. Due to the restrictions due to the coronavirus , the Madrid City Council and El Corte Inglés decided not to take out their big event in order not to encourage the little ones to concentrate with their parents.
Origin of Cortylandia
But now back to normality little by little, Cortylandia returns to continue repeating his famous refrain as he has been doing since 1979 . At that time, El Corte Inglés premiered this show to promote the expansion of its Preciados-Callao shopping center . Such was its fame that it became one more Christmas tradition, as well as it reached other cities such as Seville or Valladolid.
But it is in Madrid where this tradition is centered, which has left memorable scenes such as the African jungle that was used in the first edition, the 18-meter-high Gulliver from 1985 or the montage of The Lord of the Rings from 2001. A machinery that every year they set up their own department stores with a different theme, but always with the intention of reaching the children’s illusion from free admission.
What is the theme of Cortylandia 2021?
Therefore, for the return of 2021, Cortylandia has decided to opt for the classic. Specifically, for a typical German Christmas nutcracker that will sit on a 40 meter long and 16 meter high stage crowned with a castle and a background screen that projects an animation short.
How to get to Cortylandia?
As usual, on Calle Preciados, 3 , on the façade of El Corte Inglés, the closest Metro stations are Callao (L3 and L5) and Sol (L1, L2 and L3). In addition, the Sol / Gran Vía suburban area , the bus stops 001, 1, 2, 3, 46, 74, 75, 147, 148 and SE712 also leave the location very close.
From Wednesday, December 1 , until Wednesday, January 5, 2022, Cortylandia will turn on its lights for free in the following 15-minute passes:
- Monday to Friday : 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00 and 21:00.
- Saturdays, Sundays and December 6 and 8 : 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00 and 21:00.
- December 24 and 31 : 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 18:00, 19:00 and 19:30.
- December 25 and January 1 : 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.