Each year as Christmas rolls around, Madrid’s historic Plaza Mayor turns into a sprawling Christmas market, which this year features 104 stalls filled with festive decorations, Christmas trees, nativity scene figures as well as a wide selection of gifts and children´s toys.
Organised by the Plaza Mayor Christmas Market Association, this hundred-year-old fair is one of the city’s most beloved traditions so expect a packed crowd and lots of festive cheer in the Plaza´s many bars and taverns.
Back in the 17th century, stalls selling fruit and vegetables as well as decorations and presents would pop up around Christmas in the neighbouring Plaza de Santa Cruz. Two hundred years later, an ordinance was approved to legalise the market, and it became the place to go if to you were looking for nativity scene figures, Christmas decorations or toys. If, however, it was sweets or a turkey you were after, then you would head to the market on Plaza Mayor.
Nowadays, all Christmas paraphernalia are sold in the century-old market in Plaza Mayor, in stalls that were renovated in 1980s, taking on the shape of small huts.
In the nearby Plaza de Santa Cruz you’ll find a vintage carrousel that has been entertaining the little ones for generations.
The market runs until 31st December so a great place to go with the kids.