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Shopping and Christmas markets Granada Spain

The Christmas season begins on 4th December in Granada and runs until the 6th January.  Each year the 6th & 8th of December are national holiday, to celebrate 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 most popular ones are:

Christmas Markets Granada

Mercado de Navidad in Plaza Bib Rambla

  • From 4th December 2014 until 5th January 2016.
  • Closed: 25th December & 1st January
  • Timetable: Mornings from 11am to 2pm. Evenings from 5pm to 9.30pm

Puerta Real de España outside the Theatre.

  • From 4th December 2014 until 5th January 2016
  • Closed: 25th December & 1st January
  • Timetable: Mornings from 11am to 2pm. Evenings from 5pm to 9.30pm

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.

Craft Markets in Granada

Zoco del Salon

This event is next to the River Genil along Paseo del Salon. This is on monthly. At Christmastime, this will be on 7th December. The stalls will be open all day from 10am until 6pm. They sell cosmetics, decorative items, jewellery and fashion accessories. To entertain the crowd there will be a jazz band on at midday.

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. The next edition is on Sunday December 20th. As the name suggests the people are Granada crafters and sell items made with paper, wood and textiles.


Guejar Sierra Christmas Market

On from 11am to 7pm on 19th December Chrsitmas Craft Market. Guejar Sierra is a town on the road to Sierra Nevada. As well as the market there is a carols concert on at 6pm.



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. In December this year there won´t be an EcoMercado so the next one is due on January 2nd 2016. Updated information here: Ecomercado 

Christmas markets granada Bib Rambla

Christmas lights in Plaza Bib Rambla

Christmas lights in Granada

The city switches on 1.652.791 festive lights at 6.30pm on Friday 4th December. The lights will be on each evening until the 6th January 2015.
The opening ceremony will be at Fuente de las Batallas (just above El Corte Ingles) this year.

Shops in Granada

Many independent shops in Granada have small items for stocking fillers. Some special 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.
  • 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.
  • Lycka Calle Moral de la Magdalena have lots of toys, home wares and the cutest nativity scene that looks just like wooden Russian dolls
  • Natura – Calle Salamanca 4, just off Plaza Bib Rambla. They heaps of ideas for gifts. Things like travel accessories, jewellery, scarves and cosmetics. I particularly like this shop to choose Secret Santa presents. As they have many fun gimmicky things that will surprise your friends. (Natura has stores across Spain and online too)
  • Gift idea? Monopoly – The Granada Edition The classic board game Monopoly was launched this special version in November 2014. You can find it in toy stores around the city. It could make an original souvenir or gift.
  • Find 5 more cute shops in Granada here

High street stores in Granada

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.

2014 special opening days are:

  • Monday 7th December – Most shops opens 11am to 4pm
  • Sunday 13th December 2015 – Most shops opens 11am to 4pm
  • Sunday 20th December 2015 – Most shops opens 11am to 4pm
  • Sunday 27th December 2015 – Most shops opens 11am to 4pm
  • 5th January 2016 – The shops will be open until late. Some right up until Midnight
  • Sunday 10th January 2015 – First Sunday of the winter sales. Most shops opens 11am to 4pm

A month of Christmas. The season kicks off on 5th 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.

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 7th of March 2016 in Andalusia.

Did I miss a Granada craft market or Christmas shopping event out? Do let me know in the comments.

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