Talking about Christmas and getaways means, immediately, having our mind mentally travelling to the capital: remembering its lights, its atmosphere, its streets and, of course, the unique Madrid Christmas markets. Above all, wanting to live it again. Has it happened to you too? Then, you need a mini-getaway to the city to discover its secrets during this time of the year.
Famous throughout the country, Madrid Christmas markets are the best answer to the question of what to do in the capital during the holidays. There you will find products and christmas-themed decoration, but also jewelry, crafts and, why not, fashion. In addition, there are options for every preference, age and wallet, making it possible to find that different, unique and original gift. With this said, it's time to discover which ones you should visit if you escape to the capital!
The best Christmas markets in Madrid
Plaza Mayor Christmas Market in Madrid
- Location: Plaza Mayor.
- When: until December 31st.
- Hours: Monday to Thursday from 10:00 to 21:00 Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and every holidays eve from 10:00 to 22:00 (it doesn´t close at lunchtime).
This is the most famous among all the Madrid Christmas markets. Not only that, it´s also the oldest. Since the 19th century, the square is covered with the Christmas spirit. This year, there are more than 100 booths present that dress one of the locations with more tradition in the capital during these dates. A market that is divided into two parts: on one hand, the booths with Christmas items and, on the other, the ones with joke items. A place where you will find everything ... and feel like you are inside a fairytale.
Thus, this market in Madrid fulfills its purpose and makes this place in the city the meeting point for citizens and visitors. In addition, it also boasts a solidary character through the many NGOs present that give visibility to their humanitarian projects.
Handicraft Fair of the Community of Madrid
- Location: Paseo de Recoletos.
- When: from December 1st to 30th.
- Hours: every day from 11:00 to 21:00. December 24th and 31st, from 11:00 until 15:00. December 25th and January 1st, closed.
The main goal of this fair is to promote the artisanal commerce of the community to the point of becoming one of the best Madrid Christmas markets. Its been widely recognized not only for the wide variety of its products, but also for their quality. Potters, jewelers, sculptors, goldsmiths, glassmakers ... meet on the Paseo de Recoletos.
The XXXII edition exhibits handcrafted art in its total of 155 stands. Beyond the artisans of the Community of Madrid, representatives of other autonomous communities will participate. It is, without a doubt, one of the best plans for this year´s Christmas in Madrid.
Mercadillo del Gato
Location: Gran Vía, 13 (Cultural Center of the Armies).
When: from December 13th to January 5th.
Hours: from 11:00 to 21:00
To enjoy an original romantic plan in Madrid, you must try getting lost in a different and elegant place. It´s the case of the “Market of the Cat”, which is becoming increasingly important during Christmas in the city. Divided into two floors, here you will find amazing items to make the best gifts. For this, it is worth checking the more than 100 exhibitors of fashion, decoration, accessories, jewelry, crafts and much more! The perfect proof that visiting Madrid Christmas markets will become one of the essential cultural activities during these holidays.
El mercado del gato also offers a gourmet area called GastroGato to snack, drink or buy delicious select products. It is served by the Westin Palace Hotel.
Pop up chic
Location: Claudio Coello Street, 55.
When: until January 5th.
Hours: from 11:00 to 21:00
Pop up chic is one of the best markets in Madrid for fashion, decoration, accessories, jewelry, gastronomy and lifestyle. Until January 5th, it dresses its special seasonal clothes for Christmas and, apart from finding the ideal gift, there you will also enjoy live DJ performances, tastings, workshops for children and solidary proposals.
There are plenty Madrid Christmas markets, but these are the must-see in your getaway to the capital during these dates. A trip that will be perfect if you stay at Intur Palacio San Martín, a charming hotel in the center of Madrid surrounded by an environment that invites rest, relaxation and disconnection. Enter the heart of the capital and enjoy the most romantic plan in Madrid.