Christmas Markets in Madrid that you Must Visit this Holiday Season!

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You may have noticed a big change on the streets once it hit December, especially at nighttime! We have officially been transported to the winter wonderland of Christmas lights that the city becomes from November 23rd to January 6th! Now that the streets and skies are illuminated with Christmas cheer, it’s time to check out some of the most popular wintertime attractions, all of the cool Christmas markets that Madrid has to offer! Here is your comprehensive list of where you should be going this December!

Mercado Tradicional Navidad de la Plaza Mayor


This year the market has been reduced to roughly 50 red cabins

This is the big one. Already one of the most famous spots in Madrid, Plaza Mayor gets transformed into the city’s most popular traditional Christmas market for the entire month of December. The balconies are adorned with beautiful candle-shaped lights, and 104 tiny red cabins line the square selling everything from nativity scenes and Christmas ornaments toys jokes for the Day of the Holy Innocents, (Spanish April Fool’s Day- December 28th). The market is very historic and has been held on the main square since the 19th century. It is the perfect place for all of those last-minute gifts for family and friends! Check out more about this market here

Mercadillo de Navidad – El Corte Inglés Castellana


The Corte Inglés located near Nuevos Ministerios has really outdone themselves with this one! They have taken advantage of the large courtyard area in front of their store and set up a lovely Christmas market with a very traditional feel! The market is filled with cabins selling awesome gifts and decorations, but there are also many different food stalls for you to enjoy! From crepes and churros to burgers and croissants! But most importantly, this Christmas market has tradition Glühwein (mulled wine)! Check out more about this market here.

Feria de Artesanía de Recoletos


Head over to Recoletos to explore the famous Artisan’s Market! This market features showcases of art and over 180 artisan workshops. It is run in conjunction with the Professional Association of Artisans, and will be running between the December 15th – January 5th. Head over to check out very unique products from Madrid as well as 11 other autonomous communities around Spain. You’ll find everything here from toys and games, handmade musical instruments, woodworking, jewelry, ceramics, and clothing.

Feria Dulces de Navidad (Christmas Sweets Fair)


Unfortunately, this Christmas market will not be taking place this year due to COVID-19 restrictions

Nothing brings out a sweet tooth like the holiday season! For all of you sugar addicts out there, the Christmas sweets market in front of the Royal Theater in Plaza Isabel is not to be missed! Sample all kinds of traditional holiday candies, cookies, and treats specific to Madrid as well as from several different regions of Spain. Be sure to try some turrón, polvorones, marzipan, and pestiños! But it doesn’t stop at Plaza Isabel II. Each year Madrid adds new market locations at various plazas around the city. They are all similar, and some even offer delicious boiled wine – just like the Germans!

Mercadillo del Gato


Unfortunately, this Christmas market will not be taking place this year due to COVID-19 restrictions

One of the most diverse Christmas market in Madrid, Mercadillo del Gato is another must stop if you’re looking for that special unique gift this Christmas. This is definitely one of the places that you’ll want to do your shopping. The Mercadillo calls itself “a new concept in pop-up markets”. These unique shops are full of one-of-a-kind trinkets, DIY and vintage goods, jewelry, clothing, and MUCH more.

Mercado de Diseño


Unfortunately, this market has been postponed until February due to COVID-19 restrictions

Located in the Matadero cultural center, to the South of Madrid, the Mercado de Diseños is a super special, limited time pop-up market. It is a unique meeting that brings together, arts, design, street food gastronomy and live music under the same ceiling. The market, born in 2013, serves as platform for visibility and marketing of Spanish design, with the objective of bringing the designs of the emerging and veteran creators to the professionals, distributors and the general public.

Mercado de Motores – Christmas Edition


The famous Mercado de Motores will return to Madrid for the Christmas season. This market is known for amazing antiques, second hand clothing as well as artisan products! What sets this market apart from the rest is it’s incredibly cool location. The market takes place inside the historic Railway Museum near Atocha! This year the market will take place from December 12th-13th and then again from December 19th-20th.


Leah has been living in and exploring Madrid since 2013 when she moved to the city for a simple summer abroad. After falling in love with Madrid, she started the Citylife Blog in 2014 with the goal to share everything there is to know about her favourite place on earth! In her spare time you will find Leah at some of Madrid's many museums and cultural exhibitions.

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