Yes, It is already that time of the year!
The Christmas lights are on, the city & town centers are brightly decorated, shops are displaying their beautiful Christmas decorations… making every corner as enchanting as a place can be during that time of the year!
Now it is the perfect time to visit the traditional Christmas markets and find everything you need for preparing Christmas at home!
Check out our top 10 list of our favorite Christmas markets!
Barcelona: Fira de Santa Llúcia
The Fira de Santa Llúcia is the biggest, oldest, and most emblematic Christmas market in Barcelona (1786). In its 282 stalls, which are installed on the Avenida de la Catedral in the Gothic Quarter just in front of the Cathedral, you will find handmade gifts, figures for nativity scenes, including the cheeky caganer found only in Catalonia, and lots of traditional Christmas decorative elements.
Bilbao: Christmas Market on Bailén street
The Christmas Market is held on Bailén street, in the city old quarter and in the city center.
Wander around it and let yourself be seduced by the Christmas spirit. Formed by close to 40 wooden stalls, Bilbao´s Christmas Markets offer a great variety of products: craftsmanship, Basque products, Christmas decorations, and of course, gastronomy!
Córdoba: Christmas Market at Tendillas Square
The emblematic Tendillas Square turns into a delightful Christmas wonderland. The different market stands offer Christmas items, including nativity scenes, wooden toys, and household items made from olive trees’ wood, as well as seasonal culinary treats. Indulge yourself in a wide range of Christmas pastries, candies, bread, cheese, and much more!
Of course, every year there is an entertainment program for kids, including theater and magic performances.
Granada: Christmas Market at Plaza de Bib Rambla
This small market provides a classic Christmas experience with stalls offering candles, flowers, unique handmade gifts, and sweets, such as the delicious convent sweets and pastries made by Granada’s nuns.
Madrid: The Plaza Mayor Market
It is Madrid’s main traditional Christmas and has been going on since the 19th century.
104 wooden stalls are set up on the plaza for the month of December, selling everything from nativity scenes to wigs and jokes for the Day of the Holy Innocents, Spain’s version of April Fool’s Day, which takes place on December 28!
But our favorite Christmas Market in Madrid is…
The Feria-Mercado de Artesanía
The Madrid Arts and Crafts Fair has become an important exhibition of artisan gifts and a major showcase for regional arts and crafts. Here you could find a wide variety of artisan trades such as ceramicists, potters, costume jewelers, leather goods makers, engravers, precious metal jewelers and silversmiths, fabric decorators, hatters, toymakers, and artistic glassmakers.
Mallorca: Puerto Portals Christmas Market
It is Mallorca’s most emblematic market!
More than forty stalls are located along the market with a wide range of products: clothes, accessories, decoration, toys… The market arrives loaded with an extensive program of activities for the whole family, and where the ice-skating rink can not be missed!
Seville: Mercado Navideño de Artesanía
The Christmas Market in Seville (Mercado Navideño de Artesanía de Sevilla) takes place in the square in front of City Hall, the Plaza Nueva, just a short walk from the Cathedral and the Giralda. This market, with around 80 wooden stalls, is dedicated to seasonal local crafts from artisans around the Seville area.
Valencia: Traditional Christmas market & the Ice-Skating rink
At Valencia’s Market Square, you will find the city’s traditional Christmas Market. It consists of around 80 stalls where you will find everything from Christmas candies to typical decorations, ideal as gifts or souvenirs!
And an unmissable experience for the whole family is the ice skating rink and the carousel that every year is located at the City Hall Square!
Zaragoza: Christmas Market at Plaza del Pilar
Zaragoza may not be the most popular destination, but it has a great Christmas market on the Plaza del Pilar, with 40 different stalls, an ice skating rink, a sledding ramp, and stages for musical and dance performances. There is also the biggest Nativity Scene (Belén) in Spain, with over 100 figurines!
Also, there is room for gastronomy at the market. Here you will find typical products such as hot chocolate, churros, turron, roast potatoes…