There is so much to do and see during Christmas that it even attracts people who have nothing to do with Christmas, the vibrant Christmas markets to spectacular light shows are accompanied by cultural Spanish traditions within the framework of Christmas in Barcelona. Barcelona offers you a great Christmas experience during Christmas, with a surplus of delicious food and the strong presence of a Christmas atmosphere.
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Markets and shops:
Fira de Santa Lucia
Fira de Nadal at Sagrada Familia
There are many unique Catalan traditions associated with the holidays, Christmas starts here on December 8th Feast of the Immaculate Conception. During this festival you can find one of the largest and most impressive nativity scene which is annually organized Plaza Sant Jaume, this is no ordinary Nativity of its size and the theme changes from year to year. During this day it is wonderful to stroll through the Christmas markets and enjoy the great atmosphere that prevails there. In Spain, the Christmas Day less important, although it is still celebrated with a cozy family dinner, the actual handing over of gifts takes place on January 6. The night before, like a procession instead of the Three Kings that you can attend in the center of Barcelona from the Moll de la Fusta in Marina Port Vell in Barcelona. Where you can see a large nativity scene set up in Plaza Sant Jaume. This is no ordinary crib due to its size and the theme changes from year to year. During the day it’s great to browse the markets and enjoy the great atmosphere. In Spain, Christmas Day is less important. Although it is still celebrated with a family dinner together, the actual present giving will take place on January 6. The night before there was a procession of the three kings can be seen in the center of Barcelona from the Moll de la Fusta in Marina Port Vell in Barcelona. The Three Kings are those who distribute the presents in Spain and so that is why Santa Claus is less important during the Christmas period here.
Whatever part of the Catalan nativity scene is the unique tradition that normally associated with Catalan wear clothing which bears a figure (ancient) traditional Catalan dress and red ‘barretina’ hat. The tradition describes that the land fertilized by feces, in other words to defecate through to bring this seems happiness according to Catalan tradition. Today, you can also buy well-known and famous figures such as Spiderman, Elvis Presley and Barack Obama, you will find hundreds of figures with his trousers which can serve as a nice souvenir hilarious.
According to Catalan tradition seems that there is a theme around Christmas time. The Caga Tio literally means “pooping log” and this is certainly not a typo. This smiling log (timber) comes out on December 8 and that includes wearing the traditional Catalan red hat and covered with a red blanket. The log is every day filled with candy that is carefully looked after by the children, this is done until Christmas Eve and on Christmas night “poops” log all the sweets from which to enjoy the children now in turn. Christmas is a fantastic time to visit Barcelona because there is so much to see and do besides the usual sights. If you like accommodation you need for your stay in Barcelona during the Christmas period, please see the property below and more on our homepages.