Christmas markets in Madrid 2016

This year the trend is all about being cool, hip and creative when it comes to Christmas markets in Madrid. Of course, you can still find the traditional markets in Plaza Mayor, Plaza de España and Plaza Benavente, but now you can also find hipster markets, like Mercado de Diseño, Molly market and Ciento y Pico Market.

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Whatever your preference, here you’ll find an extensive guide to the options in the capital to get you into the Spanish Christmas spirit:

Plaza Mayor (and Plaza de Santa Cruz)

This is the most traditional market in Madrid. It’s perfect if you’re looking for figurines, Christmas decorations, or real Christmas trees. You will find some funny prank gifts, as well, and a carousel for kids.

Where: Plaza Mayor

Dates: November 24 to December 31

Opening hours: 9:00- 22:00

Metro stops: La Latina, Sol, or Opera

Feria de Artesanía de Navidad at Plaza de Santo Domingo

This is an outdoor market with several stands that offer craft products made of leather, jewelry, winter clothes and other typical Christmas gifts.

Where: Plaza de Santo Domingo

Dates: Everyday until January 8th

Opening hours: 10:00 to 22:00

Metro stop: Santo Domingo

Feria de Artesanía at Plaza de España

Very similar to the previously mentioned market and very close to it, as well. There are several stands that have unique, craft gifts.

Where: Plaza de España

Dates: December 12 to January 8th (Closed December 25th and January 1st)

Opening hours: 11:00-21:00

Metro stop: Plaza de España

Mercado del Gato

Some of the best stands from all over the world will be at this market with exclusive gifts for children’s clothing, cosmetics, vintage clothing, decor, art, designer jewelry and more. In the ‘Gourmet Section’, there is an exhibit of a nativity scene with figurines from around the world, art exhibits, and live music. The non-profit ‘Aldeas Infatiles’ will also be there to give information and raise funds.

Where: C. C. de los Ejércitos (an old military casino), Gran Vía 13

Dates: December 2 to January 5

Opening hours: 11:00-21:00

Metro stops: Gran Vía or Sevilla

Pop Up Chic

This is a series of limited, chic pop up stores that move around the Salamanca neighborhood with exclusive gifts and limited editions.

  • Chic Serrano
    Where: Calle Serrano, 2
    Dates and Opening hours: December 6-30 from 11:00 to 21:00; closed on Mondays.
    Metro stops: Retiro
  • Chic Claudio Coello
    Where: Calle de Claudio Coello, 53
    Dates and Opening hours: December 6-30 from 11:00 to 21:00; closed on Mondays.
    Metro stop: Serrano

Feria Dulces de Navidad at Plaza Isabel II

In front of the ‘Teatro Real’ there is a small market where you can buy typical Christmas and international sweets.

Where: Plaza de Oriente

Dates: Everyday until January 8

Opening hours: 10:00-22:00

Metro stop: Ópera

Nómada Market

This is a market that businesses use to promote their brand and original merchandise, have customers test their products, and connect with other professionals in their sector; whether it be fashion, design, art or the culinary sector. There are activities programmed with exhibits and workshops. Entrance is 1€ for adults and free for children.

Where: Plaza de la Cebada

Dates: December 16 to 18

Opening hours: Dec. 16, 17:00-21:00, Dec. 17-18 12:00-21:00

Metro stop: La Latina

Mercadillo at Plaza de Benavente

This is a traditional market that looks like a small medieval town market with unique gifts and crafts.

Where: Plaza de Jacinto Benavente

Dates: Everyday until January 8

Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00

Metro stops: Sol or Tirso de Molina

La Boca: Feria de Diseño Independiente

A market that showcases wonderful art, decor and jewelry designed locally. This is a bit of an alternative market filled with art and color .

Where: Calle Argumosa, 11

Dates and Opening hours: December 15 and 16, 19:00-23:00, December 17, 12:00-23:00, and December 18, 12:00-21:00.

Metro stops: Lavapiés or Atocha

Molly Market

An original market with art, decor and design which also includes a gourmet area, children’s activities, and live music. There will be an exhibit by Luis Berto and the non-profit, Asociación Nacional Voz, raising funds to research cures for cancer in children.

Where: Colegio de Arquitectos de Madrid, calle Hortaleza 63

Dates: December 10 and 11

Opening hours: 10:00-20:30

Metro stops: Alonso Martinez, Tribunal or Chueca

ALMONEDA Navidad

A special Christmas edition market at IFEMA that features an antique fair, art galleries, and is the ideal place to do your Christmas shopping for original gifts.

Where: Pabellón 1 de la Feria de Madrid, 8€ entrance fee

Dates: December 14 to 18

Opening hours: 12:00-21:00

Metro stop: Campo de las Naciones

New Town Market

This is a two-story pop up market with a patio and garden. It has the latest trends, accessories, fashion, gourmet food stands, and a bar to enjoy it all with a cocktail in hand.

Where: Calle Princesa 66, in front of the Palacio Real

Dates: December 12 to January 5 (closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1)

Opening hours: 11:30-21:00

Metro stop: Ópera

La Navideña: La Feria Internacional de Culturas

La Navideña is a cultural fair at El Matadero with over 250 activities organized by 75 embassies and cultural organizations. Every day starting at noon you can walk around the fair, where more than 60 countries sell traditional gifts and food, and offer authentic artisan products. You can find Southamerican empanadas, Central European chocolates, mulled wine and much more.

Where: El Matadero, Paseo de la Chopera, 14

Dates: December 15-23

Opening hours: Starts at 12:00

Metro stop: Legazpi

Mercadillo Solidario, Fundación Blas Méndez Ponce

This market is designed to help children with cancer so brands like Lacoste, Adolfo Domínguez, Cortefiel, Pikolinos, Playmobil, Hasbro, Chicco and Nuxe donate items to the cause at discounted prices. The items you’ll find might be random but all the money raised goes to the NGO.

Where: Calle Pio Baroja 10

Dates: December 2-11

Opening hours: Monday through Friday 10:00-14:00 and 15:00-20:00; Saturday and Sunday 12:00-20:00

Metro stop: Ibiza

Ciento y Pico Market

A few days before Christmas, this hipster pop-up store will open its doors. Everything at the market will be of designer quality and there will be an art exhibit on the bottom floor.

Where: Calle Velarde 14

Dates: December 15-18 and 20-23

Opening hours: Fridays 17:00-22:00, Saturdays 12:00-22:00, Sundays 12:00-20:00

Metro stop: Tribunal

Mercado de diseño

In this cool Christmas market Spanish celebs like David Delfin and the comic artist Moderna del Pueblo will attend with more than other 80 young artists that will showcase their creations. There will be live music, a daycare for the little ones to play and an electronic music party on Saturday, 17 December.

Where: Círculo de Bellas Artes, Alcalá 42

Dates: December 17 and 18

Opening hours: 11:00- 22:00

Metro stop: Banco de España

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