Christmas is right around the corner, and Madrid’s city centre is the perfect place for families to enjoy a little Christmas spirit. There are fairs and flea markets with gifts, decorations and prank articles, and all this is for a jolly good season.
So today, this article by ShMadrid will spread some Christmas joy by presenting several Christmas markets in the Spanish capital.
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Madrid ‘s Christmas markets you might not know
The team from ShMadrid wants to share the most popular and trendy Christmas markets in Madrid with you, so you can visit them in December, anytime you want.
Mercadillo de la Plaza Mayor
Is there anything more traditional than Madrid‘s Christmas markets? Yes, there is the Plaza Mayor, known all over the world for its famous squid sandwiches, old arcades and points of interest, such as the Arco de Cuchilleros (archway) and the statue of Felipe III.
Well, for more than 150 years now, this place has been celebrating Christmas in a very unique way. The square of Plaza Mayor, with the closest metro stops of Opera, Sol and La Latina, is packed with stalls that offer all kinds of peculiar and fancy items.
Feria de Artesanía at Paseo Recoletos
This fair has established itself as one of the most popular, local craft fairs within the city. This year, it includes 155 stalls that showcase the best handcrafted objects to its visitors.
The Feria de Artesanía has become an annual tradition, and ever since its first start, it is located at Plaza de España. The fair will begin on December 1, and it will continue until December 30. Visitors are offered many special and attractive handicrafts from several of Madrid’s workshops and workshops from other communities.
You can buy all kinds of different items here, like ceramics, glass, hats, toys, pottery, jewellery, fabric items and more.
Mercadillo Santa Ana
As is the case every year, Mercadillo Santa Ana has announced this year’s Christmas edition, and it contains a spectacular programme. You can check all the events that will take place during the month of December on its website.
For example, December 7 there will be “La hora del churro”, and it lets you enjoy this sweet and tasty delicacy as a gift when you buy some chocolate.
Of course, there is also the option of visiting an incredible outlet in decoration items, and besides this, your pet can have a free tasting of pet sweets. Santa Ana market will take place every Saturday in December, and La Latina is the nearest metro stop.
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Mercado del Gato
Mercado del Gato (The Cat Market) is one of Madrid’s most exclusive and stylish markets with spectacular vendors and pop-up stores, that offer vintage clothing, art, accessories, fashion, handicrafts, creative jewellery and so much more.
In addition to this, they always have a surprise in store for the market’s visitors, like a miniature nativity scene exhibition, live music or art exhibitions.
Put the dates in your agenda, so you won’t miss the market this year. It starts on December 13 and lasts until January 5, right in Madrid’s centre.
Charity plays a big role every year at the Aladina Foundation. This year, a traditional Christmas market will take place at the NH Collection Eurobuilding Hotel on November 30 and December 1. The event raises funds to fight pediatric cancer, and it usually attracts a lot of famous people.
At Plaza de Ópera, next to Puerta del Sol, there is a small fair where you can try and taste typical Christmas sweets. This is a very special market, because most of the sweets sold here are made completely by hand. You can visit the Feria Dulces (sweet fair) from November 30 to January 8.
Are there other great Christmas markets to visit this year?