Christmas is always a wonderful time to visit Barcelona. At this time of year, the city has a special light and magic that make it the ideal place to enjoy Christmas with your partner, family or friends.
Whether you’re looking for tradition, parties, Christmas shopping or fun, Barcelona has a great deal to offer at this special time of year, as you can see below. Don’t miss out!
Christmas officially begins with the turning-on of the Christmas lights. Barcelona’s main streets are decked in colourful Christmas lights in seasonal forms and motifs that create a unique and incomparable festive atmosphere. Its famous streets like Les Rambles, Passeig de Gràcia and La Diagonal are particularly resplendent at Christmas. The Hotel Condes de Barcelona’s Alaire terrace bar, in the heart of Passeig de Gràcia, offers spectacular views of the city lights.
SANTA LLÚCIA FAIR
History and tradition play a key role in Barcelona at Christmas. The “Fira de Santa Llúcia”, one of the oldest and largest Christmas craft fairs in Europe, dating back to 1786, takes place in front of Barcelona Cathedral every year from late November to 23 December. Thousands of local people come here to buy Christmas trees, nativity scene figures or traditional “Caga Tío” characters.
One of the best reasons to choose Barcelona as a Christmas destination is undoubtedly the shopping. The city is known as “the best shop in the world” for a reason. The main shopping areas, such as Passeig de Gràcia and Portal de l’Àngel, with their shops selling leading Spanish and international brands, are alive with the hustle and bustle of people doing their Christmas shopping. Whether you’re looking for fashion, technology, art or gourmet food, you’ll find it here.
NEW YEAR’S EVE
Barcelona’s New Year’s Eve celebrations are a key part of the city’s Christmas festivities. Many restaurants and establishments, such as Hotel España and Restaurante Loidi, organise dinners and parties to see in the New Year and celebrate the chimes at midnight. In other parts of the city, like Plaça de Catalunya, public parties are organised for the locals to gather, partake of the traditional 12 grapes at midnight and celebrate the arrival of the New Year.
PLAÇA DE CATALUNYA ICE RINK
BarGeLona, the ice rink in Plaça de Catalunya, has become one of the great attractions of the Christmas holidays. For the third year running, the Barcelona Commerce Foundation has set up an impressive marquee to house Europe’s largest temporary ice rink. More than 100,000 people enjoyed a day out at the rink last Christmas and it looks like that figure will be exceeded this year. We recommend taking a break from your Christmas shopping to pay a visit.
Experience Christmas at its best in Barcelona. Come and see for yourself, we’ll be here to greet you.
(Photo: La Granja Design)