The annual Christmas craft market, organised by the Federación Artesanal de Sevilla (FAS), has become a fixture on the list of seasonal events in Seville. This year’s is the 13th and is being held in the Plaza Nueva from December 14 to January 5 . It’s 72 stalls showcase the work of local craftsmen working in ceramics, jewellery, leather, textiles, wood, paper and bookbinding, glass, metal and artworks, making it an excellent place to come for a gift that’s just that little bit different from the standard fare in most of the shops. Browsing around these eclectic collections, you never know quite what you will find. It may be some colourful multi-coloured handbags or traditional wooden children’s toys, printed silks or eco-friendly cosmetics, but there’s always that “That’s the perfect gift!” moment waiting for you somewhere.
Jewellery is always one of the biggest sellers, and if you’re looking for some new earrings or a necklace, there’s plenty to choose from. Some very nice peices in silver, ceramic, and other materials can be found at Líbelulalíla (stand 72), all designed and made by owner Victoria Fuello.
Perhaps a brightly coloured ceramic bowl or jar with a renaissance or colourful mudejar (Islamic) style abstract design is more to your liking. You can find some striking examples at Isabel Parente (stand 65), who also restores old pieces too.
For a classy memento of your stay in Seville, pay a visit to Norler Grabados (stand 8), and have a look at his prints from original engravings showing scenes of Seville and other Spanish themes.
Go in the evening and you can also enjoy the Christmas lights along Avenida Constitución and Calle Sierpes, or see the Ayuntamiento as you’ve never seen it before with the “Mapping” projection show in Plaza San Francisco. The Christmas season in Seville is not to be missed.
Christmas Craft Market
December 14th, 2012 to January 5th, 2013
Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day