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Madrid: The best Christmas markets

From late November, the capital begins to turn on the Christmas lights that announce the arrival of its traditional street markets and their irresistible offer of holiday products.

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  1. 1 Mercadillo Plaza Mayor

    This is the epicentre of Madrid’s Christmas market scene. Dozens of stalls offer visitors a wide variety of figures for nativity scenes, joke gifts and home decorations.

    Where: Plaza Mayor
    When: 24/11 to 31/12
    What: a star to top the Christmas tree

    Madrid's Plaza Mayor market has more than 100 stands
    This year its 104 stands will change the lighting in honour of the 4th centenary of the Plaza Mayor
  2. 2 Mercado de artesanía de la Comunidad de Madrid

    The largest fair promoting regional crafts is holding its 31st edition in the Plaza de España. The nearly 2,000 workshops participating over the years offer an alternative for Christmas gifts for those who prefer handcrafted items.

    Where: Plaza de España
    When: 8/12 a 5/1 (dates to be confirmed)
    What: a wooden jewellery box



    The largest fair promoting regional crafts in the Plaza de España
    In this market, a wide variety of artisan crafts is represented, such as potters, potters, hats or glassmakers
  3. 3 Mercadillo del Gato

    This central street market offers two Christmas editions featuring 120 to 150 exhibitors. Their stands will tempt visitors with an irresistible offer of cosmetics, accessories, children’s clothing and even items for home decoration.

    Where: Antiguo Casino Militar (Gran Via, 13) and Hotel Palace (Plaza de la Cortes, 7)
    When: from 14/12 to 15/01 in the Gran Vía and from 1/12 to 9/12 in the Hotel Palace
    What: a hand-painted silk handkerchief

    Mercadillo del Gato is held all year round
    Although Mercadillo del Gato is held all year round, in the Christmas edition the offer increases considerably and exhibitors arrive from many parts of Spain
  4. 4 La Navideña Feria Internacional de las Culturas

    Matadero Madrid adorns itself with the colours of diversity with its Feria Internacional de las Culturas with the participation of embassies and cultural institutes from more than 60 countries including Japan, China and India. It’s the perfect opportunity to discover how Christmas is celebrated in other latitudes.

    Where: Plaza de Legazpi, 8
    When: 14/12 to 23/12
    What: fair trade chocolate

    Feria Internacional de las Culturas offers more than 300 free at the Matadero
    Feria Internacional de las Culturas offers more than 300 free activities for adults and children
  5. 5 Nómada Market

    This fair showcasing independent design offers an alternative to those who are looking to give offbeat Christmas gifts. The stands feature jewellery, stationery, furniture and lighting by independent local designers.

    Where: Mercado de la Cebada
    When: 14/12 to 16/12
    What: a neon sign

    This fair showcasing independent design
    There will be free workshops for all ages and DJs throughout the weekend
  6. 6 Feria de Almoneda

    The ideal place for collectors, it stands out for its immense exhibition of curiosities and antiques priced for all budgets. There is an open house on Thursday, 13 December.

    Where: IFEMA (Pavilion 1 of the Feria de Madrid)
    When: 12/12 to 16/12
    What: an original centrepiece for Christmas dinner

    Camera collection
    Thursday, the 13th, open day in Almoneda