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Markets and shopping:
Fira de Santa Llucia
Fira de nadal a la sagrada familia
Although it is not as busy as the Fira de Santa Llucia, it offers another great place to do your Christmas shopping in a magnificent setting by the Sagrada Familia. It also offers many artisan products and Christmas decorations.
Metro: L2, L5 Sagrada Familia.
There is also a small artisan market in El Born where you’ll be sure to find lots of boutiques and stalls selling arts and crafts products.
For the third year running an outdoor ice rink will be set up at Plaça Catalunya and will be the biggest outdoor ice skating rink in Europe at 1400m2 beating New York’s Rockefeller Centre. Opening times are 10am – 9pm and on Fridays and Saturdays it is open until 11pm.
There are also two other rinks available – one in Passeig de Sant Joan and one at Pedralbes shopping centre, located on Avenida Diagonal 609.
There are many traditions unique to Catalonia which take place in Barcelona alongside a traditional Spanish Christmas. Christmas starts on the 8th December, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, during which you can see a large nativity scene which is set up in Plaza Sant Jaume. This is no ordinary nativity scene due to its size and the theme changes year on year. During this day it is great to browse through the markets and soak up the terrific atmosphere.
In Spain, Christmas Day is of less importance. Although it is still celebrated with a family dinner together, the actual present-giving takes place on 6th January. The night before there is a parade of the Three Kings which can be seen in the centre of Barcelona from the Moll de la Fusta in the Port Vell Marina of Barcelona. The Three Kings are the ones who distribute the presents in Spain and so Santa Claus is of less importance during the Christmas period here.
There appears to be a theme in Catalan traditions at Christmas time. The Caga Tio continues this as it translates as pooing log. Yeah, that is not a typo, a pooing log! This cheekily-smiling log comes out on 8th December wearing the traditional Catalan red hat and covered in a red blanket. It is filled with sweets each day and carefully cared for by the children until on Christmas Eve it poos out the sweets for them to enjoy.
Christmas is a fantastic time to come to visit Barcelona as there’s so much to do on top of the usual sights to see. If you need accommodation during your stay in Barcelona over the Christmas period, see the accommodations below and more on our homepages.