Four Great Christmas Markets in Madrid

Christmas in Madrid is such a magical time of year, but for some original holiday shopping, explore these great Christmas markets in Madrid.

Whether you like traditional or artisan markets, or are looking for anything from ornaments to hand made olive wood cutting boards, there’s something for everyone on your list. But of course, don’t forget the food! There are also plenty of delicious snacks and traditional Spanish Christmas goodies to keep you going while you are shopping.

Christmas in Madrid is such a magical time of year. It’s chilly and sunny and everyone is in a festive mood. For some original holiday shopping, explore these great Christmas markets in Madrid.

1. Plaza Mayor Christmas Market

The classic Christmas market extraordinaire is in the Plaza Mayor. The young and young at heart don wigs or other festive hats, choose nativity scene figurines and hop on the brightly lit carousel. After wandering through the dozens of stalls in this historic square, you’ll be in the Christmas spirit for sure.

Insider’s tip: The market is packed with merry makers so go during the week or early in the evening to avoid the most intense crowds.

Address: Plaza Mayor

A father and son enjoying the festive mood in the Plaza Mayor, one of the great Christmas markets in Madrid
Young and old will love a stroll through the festive stands in the Plaza Mayor. Photo Credit: Manuel

2. Mercado de Diseño

To celebrate the holidays, the popular Mercado de Diseño is presenting a special two-day pop-up market featuring the best of Spanish design on Dec. 17 and 18. Shop for original gifts like sustainably sourced wooden iPhone speakers, original jewelry and handcrafted footwear. For your furry friends pick up a unique doggy bed, perfect for the design-minded pup! Doors open at 11 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.

Address: Círculo de Bellas Artes

Crumbly cookies, chewy turron, bonbons and more in Plaza Isabel II, one of the great Christmas markets in Madrid
Satisfy your sweet tooth with wonderful Christmas sweets from all over Spain.

3. Feria Dulces de Navidad

For those with a sweet tooth, the Christmas sweets market in front of the Royal Theater is not to be missed! Wander between the stands to sample traditional Christmas candies and cookies from all over Spain. To keep warm, try some steamy hot chocolate and freshly fried churros!

Insider’s tip: Tasting the crumbly polvorones cookies is a must, but keep plenty of napkins handy to avoid looking like a snowman, covered in cookie dust!

Address: Plaza Isabel II

4. Mercadillo del Gato

Located on Madrid’s bustling Gran Vía street, this market has it all. Find lovely baby clothes, vintage treasures, funky jewelry and luxury beauty products. There’s even men’s fashion! Check out music events and a great selection of gourmet products.

Address: Calle Gran Vía, 13 

Enjoying the Christmas lights in the Plaza Mayor, the location of one of the great Christmas markets in Madrid
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4 Comment

  1. Oh! I’d love to try out the traditional holiday sweets at the market in front of the Royal Theater. Nice list! Feliz Navidad.

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