Christmas Markets begin to appear in the city centre

The Christmas season kicks off on 1st of December. This day is the start of the long Spanish bank holiday.

In the Spanish calendar the 6th & 8th of December are national holidays. Marking the celebration of the Day of the Spanish Constitution and the Immaculate Conception.

Around those dates as there are several days off work for most Spanish people, they start to prepare for Christmas and begin shopping.

Several Christmas and craft markets are set up every year in the city centre around the December holiday weekend or puente.

The festivities over the Christmas period in Spain last until the 6th January 2018.

More information about Nativity Scenes, Restaurant bookings and concerts here> A Granada Christmas Guide 

 

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The most popular ones are:

Christmas Markets in Granada

Mercado de Navidad in Plaza Bib Rambla

  • From Saturday 2nd December  until 5th January
  • Closed: 25th December & 1st January
  • Timetable: Mornings from 11am to 2pm. Evenings from 5pm to 9.30pm
  • Located close to the Cathedral, on Bib Rambla Square.

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Puerta Real de España outside the Theatre.

  • From 1st December until 5th January
  • Closed: 25th December & 1st January
  • Timetable: Mornings from 11am to 2pm. Evenings from 5pm to 9.30pm
  • Located close to Calle Reyes Catolicos, in front of Isabel La Catolica theatre.

These markets have a selection of artisan and locally produced items. Plenty of items that make good secret Santa gifts or stocking fillers. Leather goods, Puppets, Ceramics, Wooden toys, Jewellery, Organic cosmetics, Glass decorations, Paintings by local artists , Hair accessories, Pyjamas, Christmas decorations, Nativity Scenes, Traditional cakes and sweets, and the traditional musical instruments at Christmastime Tambourines and zambombas.

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Craft Markets in Granada

Zoco del Salon

This event is next to the River Genil along Paseo del Salon. (below the Corte Ingles)  This is a monthly event. The Zoco del Salon at Christmastime will be on . Stalls will be open all day from 10am until 6pm. They sell cosmetics, decorative items, jewellery and fashion accessories.

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Made in Granada

Stalls are set up on Campo del Principe in the Realejo district. This small market is held the one Sunday per month. As the name suggests the people are Granada crafters and sell items made with paper, wood and textiles. The next edition will be published soon on their Facebook page.

La Expositiva

Just off Plaza Nueva La Expositiva has a market with Vintage accesories and clothes.

Organised by the Granada Swing dance group, this is on Calle Carcel Alta

Christmas Markets Granada Spain

Maga Market

MagaMarket is a newbie on the market scene. This craft market has a facebook page with the upcoming dates. In wintertime the market is held inside  the Serrallo shopping centre but locations change so check out before you go. 

We Love Granada

We Love Granada have been around the city for a while now. Find latest events on Facebook.  Christmas markets Granada often get publicised just a few days before they are happening.

Granada Pinta Bien

On Plaza de la Romanilla (close to San Miguel Market and the Cathedral) this Art Market is on once a month. The December date hasnt been published yet. Look out for updates on their Facebook Page Granada Pinta Bien

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EcoMercado Organic Market

This organic and slow food market is set up outside opposite the Palacio de Congresos. It´s on the first Saturday in each month. Head over to this Granada style farmers market to buy local cheese, bread, fruit and vegetables. Updated information here: Ecomercado

Guejar Sierra Christmas Market

Each year Guejar Sierra has a festive Market. This quiet town on the road to Sierra Nevada is one of the more popular Christmas markets outside the city.

The last one was on 15th December 2018 on the Plaza Mayor. Timetable from 11am to 8pm

Christmas Markets Granada Spain

Christmas lights in Granada

The city switches on the festive lights the last Friday in November. The lights will be on each evening until the 6th January.
The opening ceremony will be at Bib Rambla.

Granada Christmas Lights

Gift Shops in Granada

Many independent shops in Granada have small items for stocking fillers and Secret Santa ideas.
As well as the Christmas markets some other places to hunt out great gifts ideas are:

      • La Madriguera on Calle Cruz 2 – If you are a stationery junkie or an artist you will love this store. Packed with pens, pencils and lots of paper, this is an original place to choose a gift. Bags, scarves, mugs, diaries and calendars. All of them would make lovely Christmas gifts.

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  • Material Revolution Calle Moral de la Magdalena lots of original ideas like wooly soaps and scrabble magnets. They have funky flasks to keep your tea hot this winter too. I have just bought two wonderful scratchable maps to track my travels. One worldwide and the other in Spain.

 

 

  • Lycka Calle Moral de la Magdalena have lots of toys, home wares and some unusual gift ideas for those people who just seem to have everything. A coyk globe where you can pin your travels is something that caught my eye this season for a stocking filler.

 

 

 

High street stores in Granada

The commercial area of Granada are amongst the streets of Calle Reyes Catolicos, Calle Recogidas, Calle Alhondiga, Calle Puentezulas and Calle Mesones. Here you will find the Spanish high street stores such as Zara, Springfield, Oysho, Massimo Dutti and Bimba & Lola. The Corte Ingles Department store is on Acera Del Darro just below Puerta Real.

Christmas Opening Hours

The usual timetable for large stores is from 10am until 9pm Monday to Saturday. Smaller stores will open from 10am to 1.30pm and then from 5.30pm to 8.30pm Monday to Friday. Saturday they will open just in the morning.

In Granada, the shops will open on most Sundays throughout December.

A month of Christmas. The season kicks off on 1st  December and lasts until 6th January so it really is a month of Navidad. The celebrations run from 24th December until 6th January. Family parties and gift exchanges are not concentrated just on one date. The main event of Christmas in Spain is celebrated on the night of 5th January and lunchtime of 6th January when the three kings bring their gifts to the children.

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January Sales in Granada

Christmas ends on the evening of January 6th. On the morning of 7th January, the winter sales begin.

So the shops will be extremely busy during those first days of the sales. The first Sunday of the sales shops will open from 11am until 4pm. The winter sales will end officially on the 5th of March 2018 in Andalusia.

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Did I miss one of the Christmas markets or Local craft events out?

Do let me know in the comments so I can add it to the list.

 

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