Weeks before Christmas Madrid turns its twinkling festive lights on like every city around the world. Plaza Mayor, the city’s main square always a buzzing spot regardless of the year. Christmas markets in Madrid are fairly different compared to other European Christmas fairs, but in essence they are all the same. December brings warmth in the hearts and sparkles the days with a hint of Christmas magic. We all look for the Christmas spirit to brighten up the days and fill them with joy and laughter.
Christmas Market at Plaza Mayor
More than 100 Christmas market stalls transform the square into a Christmas scene to get visitors into the spirit of the seasonal joy and create a wonderful atmosphere. They offer traditional handcrafted items, Christmas decorations and a huge selection of nativities. All tempting one by one!
You can create your own nativity scene that I found a great idea. They sell a great variety of Nativity scenes and characters to choose from. You can make your own Nativity scene by choosing the parts and characters you like the best.
Suddenly, many entertaining joke items appeared in front of me! I tried to make connection between these products and Christmas. Why do they sell a tremendous collection of wigs, fake ink, firecrackers and joke items just before Christmas? I have never seen them at the Christmas markets in other European cities! The reason they sell these products, because right after Christmas, on the 28th December Spaniards also celebrate the ‘Day of the Holy Innocents’, a day when everyone allowed to make fun of each other. It’s like 1st April in other countries when joke after joke people make each other laugh.
If you are searching for hand made artisan items the best place to make your way towards the Plaza de Cibeles. At Feria Mercado de Artesania you could find beautiful hand crafted items, such as ceramics, jewelleries, leather goods, hats, shoes, home decorations and many more tempting gifts for your loved ones.
Try something new! For example, the famous ‘Turrons’. ‘Turrons’ are Moorish heritage from the 15th century and mostly enjoyed at Christmas, but of course you can buy them all year round in many shops.
‘Turrons’ made of toasted nuts. They have a distinctive taste, not like any other sweets. You can buy them also in the famous Lhardy, Vicens or at La Mallorquina.
La Mallorquina is located at Puerta del Sol. It is extremely popular at Christmas. They also a huge variety of delicious ‘Turron’ cakes! If you wish to enjoy they cafe upstairs you might need to wait for a few minutes.
Vicens offers big assortments of ‘turrons’, nougats, caramelised nuts in many flavours and in beautiful packing. If you haven’t tried ‘turrons’ yet, you must-try them while visiting Madrid.
What is it like visiting the Christmas market with a toy poodle puppy?
There are lots of people and constant buzz, so for a puppy it is far too much. Most of the time Millie, our toy poodle was carried in her travel bag. She had lots of admirers in Madrid. In some restaurants and cafes she was’t allowed inside, so we had to seek for other options. The weather was cold in Madrid, but not freezing temperature therefore we still could enjoy lunch on the outside terrace.
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