Every year during the festive season, Spain’s vibrant capital city of Madrid becomes a true Christmas wonderland, with gorgeous installations lighting up the streets and an exciting variety of Christmas markets popping up across the city.
From more traditional craft fairs to unique events like a cat-themed market, the Madrid Christmas Market scene is an exciting and worthwhile attraction to explore for visitors of all ages.
So whether you’re currently planning your own trip, or simply curious about what Madrid’s Christmas Markets are like, then we’re here to help.
Read on for an overview of the Madrid Christmas Market scene, with official dates, hotel recommendations, and locations.
NOTE: This is a Christmas market we haven’t personally visited yet, so all the information below is taken from official sources for your reference! If you have any personal tips from first-hand experience to add, let us know in the comments so we can improve this guide!
Madrid Christmas Market Dates
Exact 2023 Dates TBA
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Madrid Christmas Market Locations
Looking for a list of Madrid’s top Christmas markets? You have a lot of choices at your finger tips. Below, you’ll find some of the biggest Christmas markets that run throughout the season, along with their locations.
NOTE: There are many smaller Christmas markets in Madrid that last for a few days, but there were too many to list here. You can check out the official Madrid tourism page for more info.
Plaza Mayor Christmas Market
The most famous Christmas market in Madrid takes place in Plaza Mayor, where 100+ vendors in wooden chalets sell all kinds of Christmas decorations, ornaments, gifts, and Nativity Scene figures.
The atmosphere here is especially magical thanks to the grandeur of the square itself, which is lined with red-brick buildings that add an extra festive touch to the surroundings.
Plaza de Juan Goytisolo Christmas Market
Additional Christmas market stalls can be found in Plaza de Juan Goytisolo, where you’ll find an assortment of vendors selling gifts and tasty Christmas market food to try.
Plaza de Isabel II Christmas Market
Another Madrid Christmas Market location is Plaza de Isabel II, where you’ll find a variety of vendors selling their wares.
Feria de Artesanía de la Comunidad de Madrid (Craft Fair of the Madrid Community)
Since the 80s, this market has been a signature event in the Madrid calendar, with over 150 artisans coming together to showcase their handcrafted products, from jewelry and leather crafts to pottery and ceramics.
While they usually host several editions of their market throughout the year, the Christmas edition of their event is especially noteworthy, thanks to its stellar selection of unique gifts.
NOTE: This event historically took place in Plaza de España, but relocated to Paseo de Recoletos in 2021. It is unclear whether or not the event will return to Plaza de España this year, but we will update this page as soon as a 2023 location is revealed.
Plaza de España
While not a traditional Madrid Christmas Market, it’s still worth noting the festivities taking place in Plaza de España, which include a 450m squared ice rink, refreshment stalls, and a small market.
As mentioned above, it is possible that the artisans’ fair will take place in this square once again this year, but that is still TBC.
Madrid Río Christmas Market
Another noteworthy Madrid Christmas market can be found by Casa del Reloj.
The Madrid Río Christmas Market is a charming little market with a variety of food stalls, a carousel, and a large Christmas tree – the perfect cozy place to spend a day or evening!
El Corte Inglés Castellana Christmas Market
In the parking lot of the Corte Inglés de Castellana, you’ll find another one of Madrid’s most popular Christmas markets.
Here, you’ll find a variety of vendors selling gifts as well as some gourmet food options to try out.
Parque de Atracciones
Last but not least, for one of the most exciting Christmas events in Madrid, don’t miss the Christmas festivities at Parque de Atracciones, an amusement park which goes absolutely all out for the holidays.
In addition to the park’s usual thrills (like seven rollercoasters!), you’ll find a large variety of festive programming, from shows and performances to beautifully illuminated decorations.
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