This blog post was originally posted on November 13th, 2015, and was updated on October 15th, 2018.
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? 2018’s edition will take place from December 14 until January 5, so save the date and get ready to buy the perfect sevillano gifts for everyone on your list.
Mercados Navideño Sevilla Centro
Experience two of Seville’s must-see sights at a unique double Christmas market! The fun starts at Metropol Parasol, with the space below the famous “mushrooms” filled with stands selling handcrafted artisanal items. From there, follow the fun to the Alameda de Hércules, the main drag of one of the city’s most happening neighborhoods. This stretch of the market places a special emphasis on family fun, with plenty of kid-friendly activities and seasonal surprises. With plenty of holiday cheer encompassing two of the city’s most iconic locations, it’s no wonder why this is one of our all-time favorite Christmas markets in Seville.
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.
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!
Winter makes for the perfect time to discover the secrets of eating like a local here in Seville. Warm up inside cozy bars and chow down on traditional bites when you join one of our award-winning foodie experiences, like our Tastes, Tapas & Traditions Tour. The four hours will fly by as you devour three of Seville’s most iconic neighborhoods, tasting the best local bites that sevillanos have loved for ages. Get ready to discover your new favorite holiday tradition!
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.