Coronavirus will not be gone any time soon, but that won’t stop Madrid’s cityhall to install the traditional “Christmas Market” at Plaza Mayor. The traditional stalls of decorations, nativity scenes and joke items will remain faithful to a custom that has lasted for more than a century in the central enclave of the capital, where all ‘madrileños’ gather to enjoy this holydays. Of course, this year there will be restrictions.

The Christmas Market will remain open to the public from November 27 to December 31, and its hours will be from Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., extending Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until 10:00 p.m. and only will allow 50% of the booths/spots to be open.

The Madrid City Council will discount 100% of the rates for the stalls of the Christmas market, which is equivalent to an amount close to 12,000 euros.

Already in the XVII century, the Plaza de Santa Cruz hosted a Christmas market where you could buy fruits and vegetables, as well as decorations and gifts. In the 19th century, the location in this space was stabilized and regulations were issued to regulate the sale. From that moment, the Plaza Mayor will be the market for the sale of turkeys, nougats and sweets, while the Plaza de Santa Cruz was focused on stalls of Bethlehem figures, zambombas, toys, or joke items.

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