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Madrid’s Christmas Markets

Written by Laura

Here we are again – the holidays have returned to our homes as they do each December, and we are reminded how quickly time flies. During this festive and joyful time, there are a whirlwind of responsibilities to tackle, but there are also a number activities to participate in taking place here and there. It is one of the busiest times of year, but also one of the most enjoyable and beautiful – there are Christmas carolers, twinkling lights on every corner and best of all, the Christmas markets, set up each year to sell everything you may need for the holidays. Today in this article from ShMadrid, we’ll be telling you about the Spanish capital’s best Christmas tradition, the Christmas markets.

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Fall in love with the Christmas markets of Madrid

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At these small holiday-themed stands, you can find all types of items to decorate your house for whatever winter holidays you celebrate. These are traditional events that take place in both Spanish and international cities and municipalities, with some taking place in Vienna, Nuremberg, Prague and New York City. In the case of the Spanish capital, the magic and wonder of the Christmas markets is in no way understated. Some essential markets in Madrid worth a visit include the Christmas market at Plaza Mayor, one of the most popular markets in Madrid. At the site of this beautiful plaza, you can find all types of pine and fir trees, both real and synthetic, of all textures and sizes. In addition, you can find all types of decorative pieces for your Nativity scene, to put on your tree or to hang around the house. This market is open from the end of November to the end of December, from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. The market does not close for midday, so you can continue shopping with ease.

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At the Paseo de Recoletos, another beloved artisan Christmas market takes place. This is one of the most highly-anticipated events when it comes to artisan craft products in the Comunidad de Madrid. Here you can find all types of handmade gifts such as jewelry, sculptures, furs, goldsmith products, fabrics and linens, glasses and ceramics, among other products. This is the ideal place to find high-quality and lovely Christmas gifts, as opposed to more cheaply made products you would find at a larger store. Therefore, don’t miss out on the opportunity to find an unforgettable gift for a loved one at the Paseo de Recoletos Christmas Market. This market is open from December 1-31, with hours from 11-3 p.m. and closed on Christmas Day. These two markets are considered to be the most traditional and beautiful for this time of year, so we recommend visiting them at some point during the holiday season, whether you are a long-term madrileño or visiting for just a couple of weeks. Regardless, there is something there for everyone.  

Which Christmas market is your favorite?

About the author


American journalist writing about the beautiful country of Spain. Her passions include news and feature writing, Spanish language and culture and the outdoors.

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