This blog post was originally published on December 16, 2015 and was updated on November 2, 2017.
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 at the Christmas markets in Madrid. 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.
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: This market is packed with merry makers! Go during the week or early in the evening to avoid the most intense crowds.
Address: Plaza Mayor
2. Mercado de Diseño
To celebrate the holidays, the popular Mercado de Diseño is presenting a special pop-up market featuring the best of Spanish design on December 9, 10, 16 and 17. 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. This is one of the most unique Christmas markets in Madrid!
Address: Círculo de Bellas Artes
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 at one of the most diverse Christmas markets in Madrid.
Address: Calle Gran Vía, 13
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