Brief guide to Barcelona’s Christmas markets
Brief guide to Seville’s Christmas markets
If you are in the Seville area, then make sure to go to the Feria del Belén Christmas market that is located between that Archivo de Indias and the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See. This fair running from mid-November through December 23 is famous for its nativity scenes along with miniature figurines. Since it first opened in 1993, shoppers at this fair are often amazed at the variety of nativity scenes that are available. You will also want to visit the Plaza Nueva that is a great place to find homemade crafts, toys and clothes. This market located in front of the Seville City Hall will be open from about December 15 to about January 5. Just like it has been since at least 1870, when not operating as a Christmas market, this area is still used by artisans to sell their art.
Brief guide to Madrid’s Christmas markets
One of the oldest continuously operating markets in Spain is the Mercado de Navidad de Plaza Mayor that originally opened during the 17th century. The booths that visitors see today selling Christmas decor and musical instruments were first used in 1980. This market that is open from November 24, 2018, to December 31, 2018, is located on Plaza Mayor. Another outstanding Christmas market to visit is the feria Mercado de artesanía de la Comunidad de Madrid located on Plaza de España. This market that opens on December 8, 2018, and runs until January 5, 2018, is a great place to find all types of handmade art including jewelry, toys and glass ornaments. 2018 will make the 31st year of this market that continues to grow each year.
Visiting these Spanish Christmas markets is a wonderful cultural experience. They also make a great place to pick up holiday presents for everyone on your list, and Santa says to pick up something nice for yourself.