This blog post was originally published on December 16, 2015 and was updated on October 11, 2018.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year here in Madrid!
It goes without saying that Christmastime here in Madrid brings an unforgettable sensation of holiday magic, and nowhere does that feel more present than at one of the many Christmas markets scattered throughout the city. Whether you’re looking for traditional goods, artisanal handcrafted gifts of a delicious gourmet treat, you’re sure to find it all and more at the array of charming Christmas markets in Madrid. These are just four of our favorites!
1. Plaza Mayor Christmas Market
The most classic of all the Christmas markets in Madrid takes over Plaza Mayor starting in mid-November and lasts until after the new year. With more than 100 stalls, a brightly lit carousel and a festive atmosphere all throughout the historic square, you’ll definitely find yourself in the Christmas spirit from the moment you arrive. Plus, with a history stretching back to the 19th century, it’s also one of the oldest and most cherished Christmas markets in the whole country. There’s no better place to get in the holiday mood!
Insider’s tip: Merrymakers flock to this market in droves, making for pretty intense crowds. We suggest going during the week or early in the evening for a more relaxed experience.
2. Mercado de Diseño
As the largest emerging design market in Spain, the Mercado de Diseño also gets in on the Christmas festivities from their headquarters in Matadero Madrid (Paseo de la Chopera, 14). This year’s holiday event, Xmas Fun, will take place on December 8 and 9 as one of the most unique Christmas markets in Madrid. The pop-up event is the perfect place to buy one-of-a-kind gifts that you won’t be able to find anywhere else (think sustainably sourced wooden speakers, designer dog beds, and handcrafted footwear). Keep checking their website for more information about this year’s event!
3. Feria Dulces de Navidad
Got a sweet tooth? So do we. Luckily, you can indulge it at one of our favorite Christmas markets in Madrid: the Feria Dulces de Navidad, which takes place every year in Plaza de Ópera (also known as Plaza Isabel II). Come devour all the Spanish Christmas sweets your heart desires, from turrones to polvorones and everything in between. Products are sourced from all over Spain, so you can eat your way around the country without leaving Madrid! Be sure to cap off your experience with rich hot chocolate and freshly fried churros—the most delicious way to warm up!
4. Mercadillo del Gato
Nearly every month of the year, the Mercadillo del Gato sets up shop in the stately Westin Palace Hotel. However, at Christmas, the event truly escalates to another level, with not one but two markets taking place in early December. In addition to the regular market at the Westin from December 1-9, they’ll also host a second edition at Gran Vía, 13 from December 14-January 5. Both will feature a special holiday theme as well as all of the most unique products you could imagine: vintage treasures, gorgeous jewelry, high quality menswear and so much more. Don’t miss one of the most diverse Christmas markets in Madrid!
In between visiting some of these charming Christmas markets in Madrid, make your way to Calle Arenal and join us for an evening tapas crawl! Our Tapas Like a Local Tour is the perfect way to warm up on a chilly winter night. Discover the secrets of eating tapas like a born-and-bred madrileño as you eat your way around the best bars in the city center. We hope you’re hungry!
As the daughter of a barbecue master and a pseudo-vegetarian, Amy’s culinary obsessions run deep. She spent time in Galicia before settling down in Madrid, where you’ll usually find her browsing the bottles of a local bodega or ogling the produce at the weekend farmer’s market.