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Celebrate Christmas in Barcelona like a local

Christmas is that time of the year when you want to enjoy and celebrate with your loved ones. This holiday fills us with optimism, hope and reminds us of values such as generosity, solidarity, and peace. Barcelona offers you a wide range of options for you to enjoy and celebrate this magical holiday.

So you may ask, What do you do or how do you take advantage of the Christmas holidays in Barcelona? Most locals stroll through the Fira de Santa Llúcia and have a hot chocolate with churros in Petrixol, visit the Nativity Façade at the Sagrada Familia, enjoy the tradition of the Tió de Nadal, and attend the New Year’s concert at the Palau de la Musica.

Fira de Santa Llúcia

The Fira de Santa Llúcia or Santa Llúcia fair is a Christmas market that is held in the surroundings of the Cathedral of Barcelona. Even when it is not the only Christmas market in town. However, it is more than 500 years old, making it the most ancient, to the point that it has become a tradition for tourists and locals alike to stroll through its lively stores. In this market, you will find all sorts of products like Christmas decorations, all the pieces for your nativity scene, Christmas trees, handicrafts, and many more.    

Originally, it was a fair that celebrates Santa Lucia’s feast every December 13th. However, it has evolved to a Christmas market whose celebration lasts 3 weeks starting in late November or early December, and ends one day before Christmas Eve on December 23rd. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of masks is mandatory and the maximum capacity will not be higher than 30% so try to schedule your visit during workdays or try to avoid rush hours to avoid long lines due to the capacity limit.

You cannot miss the Fira de Santa Llúcia, considered one of the 10 most unique Christmas markets in Europe according to Lonely Planet, or the Fira de la Sagrada Família, where the famous temple becomes the most impressive Christmas scene.

Information about the Fira de Santa Ll’ucia.
Open from November 26 to December 23
Schedule:
Weekdays: from 10:00 to 21:00
Holidays and vigils: from 10:00 to 21:00

Information about the Fira de la Sagrada Familia.
Open from November 27 to December 23.
Schedule:
Weekdays and holidays: from 10:00 to 21:00
Holiday eve: until 22:00

Carrer de Petritxol

Petritxol is one of the most emblematic streets of Barcelona, it is well known by locals and sought after by tourists. It is located in the heart of Barcelona, just a few steps from La Rambla. This street full of charm is known as the chocolate street because since the 17th-century different chocolate shops have started to set up and are still there to this day.  So if you are a chocolate lover (let’s admit it who isn’t) you can walk it during the winter days, have hot chocolate, the best in town, and eat a delicious churro.

When you visit it, take your time and enjoy the different ceramic plaques that decorate the façades of buildings and are known as “majolica”. They mention events that occurred in the street, illustrious people who lived there, everyday situations, and sayings of the time. There also are lots of chocolate shops, stores, galleries, and jeweler’s waiting for you there.

Nativity façade at Sagrada Familia

The basilica of the Sagrada Familia is one of Barcelona’s great attractions. its construction began in 1882 and continues to this day. The Nativity façade is the only part of the temple built directly by its designer Antoni Gaudi. was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. Like the other Sagrada Familia’s façades consists of four bell towers and three portals. It is full of sculptures from the bottom to the top of the bell towers. The bell towers are fully accessible by helicoidal staircases all the way up.

The sculptures narrate the birth of Jesus, so the Immaculate Conception, the Star of Bethlehem, the Three Magi, the Tree of Life, among other events are represented there. The sculptures were made by different artists, and they match perfectly with the gothic style of the basilica. So if you visit Barcelona during Christmas this must be a stop in your journey.

Tió de Nadal

Tió de Nadal or Christmas log is a Catalonian tradition widespread in many parts of Spain. According to the mythology, Tió de Nadal brings small presents on Christmas. The Christmas Log has a face, with an attached nose, two little legs, and a red barretina.

The interesting part is how the presents are delivered. Everything starts on December 8th, you have to start to “feed” the log every day and give it a small blanket to keep it warm during winter. Then on Christmas Eve every member of the family takes turns and hits the little Tió with a stick and commands him to defecate out the presents, by singing traditional songs. Then everyone reaches under Tió de Nadal’s blanket and takes all the gifts he “defecated”.                     

Els Llums de Sant Pau

Another great novelty in Barcelona for this Christmas 2021 will take place in the modernist area of Sant Pau in Barcelona.

There, every night from November 22 to January 9, you will be able to admire a landscape of light as out of a fairy tale with Christmas lights and an impressively staged flora.

“Els Llums de Sant Pau” follows the tradition of Christmas gardens that have been enormously successful in England or Germany. The hours are from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

A visit to Els Llums de Sant Pau is an experience that offers both adults and children everything that makes a winter excursion together special.

New Year’s concert at the Palau de la Música

This concert is one of the most anticipated events in the music season. This great production is backed by 30 years of success and more than 5 million viewers around the world. has been presented with great success in venues such as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Philarmonie in Berlin, the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, just to name a few.

This concert is inspired by the one traditionally held in Vienna, Included all sorts of known musical pieces of Johan Strauss like Napoleon, the Blue Danube, the Radetzky March, Champagne, Emperor Waltz, among others. This event brings together many people who fill the halls year after year for its festive atmosphere, so we recommend that you to buy or reserve your tickets as soon as possible following this link. They tend to sell out quickly. A ticket can be the perfect gift for your loved ones, friends or family.        

These are just some of the many activities you can do in Barcelona. This gorgeous city has a lot to offer to everyone who visits it, especially on Christmas. If you want to visit it accompanied by your loved ones and do not want to miss anything, contact us and book our private experience at the following link. Our staff will make sure that you and your companions have the perfect Barcelona experience, feel at home and enjoy the city at this time of the year.                   

From ICONO Barcelona we want you to have fun with your family and friends. In addition to the wide range of tours and activities for groups, we can design the perfect activity for you. Let us know what places you want to visit, on what dates, and with whom. We will take care of the rest.

If you want us to help you organize your next cultural experience in Barcelona or elsewhere in Spain, you must fill out the following form and explain your idea to us.

At ICONO Barcelona, we will help you make it come true!

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