Snapshots Of Madrid’s Christmas Market

Madrid’s Christmas market is one of the biggest in Europe.

Madrid’s Christmas Market
PHOTO CONSTANCE DENG

The only to-do item on my list last weekend was to visit Madrid’s Christmas market. Given that I live only ten minutes away by metro from Plaza Mayor, the central square in which the market is held, I managed to visit the market three times in three days, with three friends.

Madrid’s Christmas market starts to set up in mid-November, though most stands and shops don’t open up until end of November. It adds a Christmas charm to Plaza Mayor, with decorated gingerbread-house-decorated booths and whimsical Christmas lights strung above the plaza. There are always over 100 vendors and tens of thousands of visitors.

The market is an explosion of colors, particularly at night with booths that sell Christmas lights turn on all their wares to attract customers, like bees to a brightly petaled flower. The Plaza Mayor is always a lively, busy square but with the market taking up most of the space, it is especially vibrant during this time of the year.

Diners, shoppers, and street artists do not go away- instead they crowd around the edges of the market, lending it even more of a hectic holiday vibe. The music of the different bands and singers blends into each other, creating a Christmas-themed racket of background noise. Tourists swarm to the Spanish stockings that say “¡Feliz Navidad!” and the singing Santas.

Madrid’s Christmas Market
PHOTO CONSTANCE DENG

 

Madrid’s Christmas Market
PHOTO CONSTANCE DENG

 

Madrid’s Christmas Market
PHOTO CONSTANCE DENG

Article written by Constance Deng.

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