This blog post was originally posted on November 13, 2015, and was updated on November 27, 2019.
The winter holidays will be here before we know it, and we all know what that means: Christmas markets!
A timeless tradition that springs to life in any major city in Europe, Christmas markets in Seville take on a special kind of magic. These quaint, charming markets become the epicenter of holiday shopping and a must for anyone visiting the city in December.
Whether you’re shopping for Christmas or Hanukkah gifts for friends and family back home or prefer to immerse yourself in local tradition on Three King’s Day in January, Christmas markets in Seville are the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Here are four that you can’t miss!
Feria de Artesanía Creativa
Out of all the incredible Christmas markets in Seville, there’s one that should definitely be on your list: the Feria de Artesanía Creativa. And with such a perfect location right outside the town hall in Plaza Nueva, there’s really no reason not to check out this fabulous market!
With nearly 80 stalls selling traditional Andalusian handcrafted goods (think ceramics, jewelry, wooden toys and more), you’ll be supporting local artisans as you partake in a cherished Christmas tradition. What could be better than that? Get ready to buy the perfect sevillano gifts for everyone on your list.
2019–2020 dates: December 17–January 5
Feria del Belén
No matter where you go in Spain at Christmastime, there’s one tradition you’ll see just about everywhere: the belén, or nativity scene.
However, these aren’t just your typical setups featuring the Holy Family and a handful of farm animals. Spanish nativity scenes go all out, often depicting the entire town of Bethlehem (“belén” means “Bethlehem” in Spanish).
One of the best and most cherished Christmas markets in Seville is the annual Feria del Belén, an entire market dedicated to ornate, handcrafted decorations with a special emphasis on belén figurines. From mid-November until just before Christmas, this lively cultural market takes over Avenida de la Constitución, with dozens of stalls selling these one-of-a-kind items.
2019 dates: November 12–December 23
Gran Mercado de Navidad Nervión
Seville’s massive Nervión Plaza has earned its claim to fame as one of the city’s best shopping areas. That still rings true at Christmas, when one of the newest Christmas markets in Seville sets up shop just outside the mall.
Despite only being around since 2011, the Nervión Christmas market has quickly earned a name for itself as a verifiable winter wonderland. With stalls set up to look like miniature log cabins, with no two looking quite the same, you’ll feel as if you’re in a fairytale as you browse jewelry, art, clothing and more.
The market typically begins in early December and lasts until just before Reyes in early January, so you’ve got a full month to experience this unique new tradition!
2019 dates: TBD
You don’t even have to be in Seville to get what’s sure to be one of the most sought-after gifts from the Andalusian capital: a Devour Tours gift certificate, perfect for the curious traveler in your life. As a bonus, you can get it right from the comfort of the electronic device of your choice—no need to get out there and brave the holiday crowds!
After studying in Andalusia, Jaimie made sure he was on the first possible flight back to Seville—the day after graduation! Many years later, he is fully immersed in Spain’s culinary world and has shown thousands of guests the secrets of sherry and tapas.