The Christmas spirit is spreading all over Barcelona streets and plans multiply for those who are visiting our city. Markets, fairs, concerts and much more to experience the Christmas holiday like locals do!
In Barcelona there are many Christmas markets but three of them stand out; the Santa Llúcia market (in front of the cathedral), the Sagrada Familia market (at the foot of the famous Gaudi building) and Fira dels Reis in Gran Vía Avenue. The first two are open until December 23rd and the last one until January 6th. Although you probably have already decorated your home, you can always pick some typical souvenirs of our Christmas tradition as the Tió or Caganer.
And as in Twentytú we can’t stop thinking about Sustainable Tourism, we recommend you the Responsible Consumption Fair that takes place in Catalunya Square, where more than 40 stands are showing their sustainable products and services as leisureor educational activities, poetry reading and musical performances.
The poetic Nativity Scene by the Barcelona City Council
The traditional Nativity Scene, set by the Barcelona City Council at Sant Jaume Square, has arrived with controversy this year. That’s because baby Jesus, Saint Joseph and the Virgin Mary rest in bubbles along with other elements that aren’t related to traditional Christmas; a calf with skis, a couple dancing or a tree with hanging houses.
Snow in Barcelona
In our city this year it is expected to snow, but not in the way are you imagining. Until 9th January the façade of Casa Batlló, one of the symbols of modernism in Barcelona, is covered with more than 3,000 snowflakes throughout the day. The colour white also has a leading role inside the building as snow falls on a large Christmas tree that you will see only if you buy the entrance ticket. In addition, you should know that all money collected from the sale of tickets between 19th and 9th January is going to be donated to the Fundación Aldeas Infantiles SOS Catalunya, a charity for orphaned children.
Ice skating and a giant slide
Who says that you can’t ice skate in Christmas in Barcelona? In Hospitalet, just over 15 minutes from the center of the city, you will find is Kaliu Park, a playful space that has a 1,600 square meter ice rink and a 50 meter long ice slide. In addition, in the same enclosure there is a Christmas fair for children where you will surely live Christmas again like when you were a child!
Kaliu Park is open from 11am to 2pm on weekdays and until 4pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Holiday Eve.
And if you want to start the Christmas day with energy and contribute to the history of Barcelona, you can join the Copa Nadal, a swimming race that has been organized for more than 100 years to welcome the holiday season. You still have time to register!
Let’s go to the theatre with “Els pastorets”
The Gran Teatre del Liceu organizes each year for Christmas the most typical concert of these dates; Els Pastorets de Folch i Torres, the Catalan piece that has been played most times until the date. This play is the most typical representation for these dates throughout Catalonia and it explains the origin of Christmas from the point of view of the shepherds.
The Three Wise Men Parade
And to finish and say goodbye to Christmas in Barcelona, there is nothing better than to get close to seeing one of the most magical shows of these days: the Three Wise Men Parade of Barcelona, which is going to begin on January 5 at 16.30 in the Moll de la Fusta.
We just have to wish you a Merry Christmas from the Twentytú team. We hope that we can enjoy the holidays all together!