Lights and decorations on the streets; fairs and markets; the smell of traditional sweets and nougat, people everywhere, and many activities to be carried out in various parts of the city.
Yes, Christmas is here! A time of peace and solidarity seasoned with some holidays during which you cannot miss these 5 Christmas activities in Barcelona that are organised during these days.
Take a walk and enjoy the Christmas decorations
There is a common idea that Christmas is the time of the year where the most money is spent. However, there are many activities with which to enjoy the magic of these days without spending a dime. One of them is as simple as walking through the streets of Barcelona during these magical days.
Until 6 January, the main streets and façades of some buildings are illuminated with the aim of flooding the city with the Christmas spirit. And you cannot miss the opportunity to visit the Manger installed in Plaça Sant Jaume, in front of the City Hall, the best known square of the city: more on that later.
There are also several Christmas trees placed along the busiest shopping streets, and the ones in Portal del Àngel, the L’Illa or La Maquinista shopping centres are examples of this.
Therefore, we encourage you to get lost in the corners and streets that will be especially decorated, and thus enjoy the decoration, shop windows, lights and any other Christmas decoration.
Visit the Christmas markets
Barcelona becomes, on Christmas days, a true concentration of Christmas markets where you can find both handmade figures of Bethlehem (you can’t miss having a caganer at your Christmas), as all kinds of cuisine typical of these festive dates. Visiting them is one of the fundamental components to be able to know the culture of the territory during these times and soak up the magic of these special days.
The best known is the Fira de Santa Llúcia, one of the great emblems of the city, since it represents the Christmas spirit with its 232 years of history. You can find it in the Placita de la Seu, just in front of Barcelona Cathedral. However, it is not the only one. If you want to enjoy markets that keep their magic intact and without so many crowds, you also have the option of the Christmas Fair in Sagrada Familia, at the foot of the most emblematic building of Antoni Gaudí; or the Fira de Reis on Gran Via.
Let yourself be surprised by the mangers
One of the Christmas activities in Barcelona is to visit the mangers installed in different locations and in representative places of the city. The best known is the one located in Plaça Sant Jaume. This is perhaps the largest, with its quintessential Christmas representation.
On the other hand, if you fancy seeing more hand-crafted mangers, you can visit the annual manger themed tournament organised in the city, where mangers will be installed in places like the Parròquia de Ntra. Senyora de Betlem, the Museu Diocesà de Barcelona Pia Almoina or the Palau Mercader, among others.
Christmas at Poble Espanyol
During the month of December, Poble Espanyol becomes a purely Christmas scenario, where you can find a great Christmas market, both for decoration and traditional food-and-drink or crafts products; living cribs, and many children's activities; Santa's house, workshops, gymnastics, animation, performances, film screening and much more.
A good chocolate with churros
What would Christmas be without trying the typical delicacies of these celebrated dates? So, after a cold Christmas shopping afternoon, stop to replenish strength and calories with a good chocolate with churros in some of the great classics of Barcelona such as Viader, Dulcinea or Petritxol.
Don’t forget to visit them to enjoy the taste of their chocolate churros!
Don’t let the cold force you to stay at home and miss the opportunity to get drunk on the magical Christmas atmosphere of these days in Barcelona. And if what you have in mind is to visit the city, take the opportunity to stay at the Pere Tarrés hostel in Barcelona, and visit the main activities during these holidays.