Christmas in Barcelona is a truly magical time filled with cheerful events and twinkling lights. Trees that line the streets of Barcelona are filled with sparkling colours housed in their branches. Shops stock up with festive items for the Christmas rush and shoppers rush into stores trying to find their perfect Christmas presents for their dearly loved ones. Enjoy our hotel in Barcelona during the holidays!
In Barcelona, on the 5th and 6th of January, the biggest Christmas events come along to celebrate the three kings by arriving with presents for the local children.
Besides festive Christmas festivals, there are also large Christmas markets that pop out all over Barcelona. The most impressive are those of Fira de Santa Llúcia (Santa Llúcia’s Fair) which is held right in front of the Barcelona Cathedral. The market is from 27th November to 23rd December and is open from 10:30am – 8:30pm. With around 300 stalls selling festive treats and items for locals and tourists, this market is by far the largest in Barcelona. The market sells, Christmas trees, candies, mistletoe, Christmas decorations and other local crafts. There are even organized children’s activities for younger ones to get into the spirt. It is recommended that you visit the market in the day and once in the night for the ultimate market experience.
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From December 19th to January 4th, Plaça de Catalunya’s fountains host a light and sound show for visitor to the park. It is in honour of Christmas and the winter solstice. There are also family activities for children and their parents which are sponsored by the Consumption Fair.
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Every Christmas Eve, Santa Maria del Mar church hosts a midnight mass for the public. Just before midnight you can hear the 5 minute “El cant de la Sibil·la” signalling the arrival of Christmas.
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For those who love circuses Circ Raluy Barcelona hosts a Christmas show ever year in December. The circus is a historic travelling circus as well as a travelling museum! Its yearly show is usually located at the north end of Moll de La Fusta and the Barcelona harbour Port Vell.
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If you have the honour of celebrating Christmas in Barcelona, why not join in the exciting events and markets that bring Christmas cheer to Barcelona.