If you like Christmas as much as we do, then you must be a fan of the romantic and rustic atmosphere that can be experienced in the traditional Christmas markets throughout Europe’s major cities. And if you’re planning to come to Andorra during December, we can tell you which markets you should visit to treat yourself at one of the craft stalls or just to wander around while you soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a delicious hot chocolate to fight off the cold.
To get you in the Christmas spirit, the country’s capital will be offering a dream trip through Andorra la Vella for the third year in a row. Beginning on the 1st of December, the Avinguda de Meritxell (the main artery of the city) will be filled with games, performances and shows designed for adults and children alike, providing every visitor with an unparalleled Christmas experience. The magic tunnel of light and sound in the Plaça de la Rotonda promises to be one of the most spectacular attractions for this year. And let’s not forget the light labyrinth in the Plaça de Guillemó (also known as the Plaça de Les Arcades), the Magical Post Office that lets the little ones post their letters to Santa Claus, and the endearing Christmas market in the Plaça del Poble where you can find a great selection of high quality craft products on the traditional stalls.
From the 30th of November until the 2nd of December and the 6th until the 9th of December, the Plaça de les Fontetes in La Massana will be hosting its annual Christmas market (to coincide with the December long weekend).
The setting is a cosy space with wooden huts arranged around a synthetic ice rink, so the little ones can skate to their heart’s content while the adults enjoy the entertainment, gastronomic, cultural and craft offerings at the different stalls.
As the big day approaches, the calendar in the Plaça del Consell in Encamp will open one of its windows every evening at 6 to offer sweets to passers-by. In addition, from 6:30 p.m. onwards on the 1st of December, cake and hot chocolate will be given out to celebrate the first day of Advent.
You’ll have to wait a little longer for Encamp’s Christmas market to open. But starting on Saturday the 8th of December, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., craftspeople will be selling traditional products from the stalls in the Plaça Sant Miquel in Encamp. Visitors will be able to peruse the wares while they enjoy the various activities and events that will be there to liven up the Christmas market.
In Sant Julià de Lòria the Santa Llúcia fair is traditionally celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of December, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., in the Plaça de la Germandat and the Lauredià Cultural Centre. In addition to the stalls selling traditional wares, there will also be activities for all ages, such as a gastronomic area with oyster tasting and other products, craft workshops, film screenings, DJ sets and traditional storytelling…
New for this year, the Playmobil Fair will be held under the marquee in the Prat Nou car park from the 30th of November until the 2nd of December between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. (free admission). It’s the perfect opportunity to feel like a child again with your kids.
If you’re passionate about Christmas markets, this year in Andorra you’ll have the chance to soak up the traditional atmosphere and visit the stalls of artisanal gastronomy products while you enjoy the complementary activities that are filled with magic and charm.
And as the finale to your Christmas experience in December, don’t miss out on a night in Caldea’s thermal waters!