Barcelona is an eventful place during the Christmas season. There are a variety of shows, activities, concerts and installations people can appreciate and interact with around the city. Something that is traditional in Barcelona during this season is the appearance of Christmas markets, where you can find Christmas themed food, gifts and decorations.
Let’s explore some of the most famous Christmas markets in Barcelona, shall we?
Fira de Santa Llúcia
Initially created as a celebration of Santa Lucia, on the 13th of December, Fira de Santa Llúcia is now a Christmas market that begins in the end of November and ends on December 23rd. There you can find a variety of items to create your nativity scene like moss and small representations of Jesus, Mary and Joseph; Christmas trees, Christmas sweets, and Christmas decorations.
Fira de Santa Llúcia takes place at Plaça Nova, right by Catedral de Barcelona.
Fira de Nadal a la Sagrada Família
Starting also in de end of November and ending on December 23rd, the Fira de Nadal a la Sagrada Família takes place in the garden in front of La Sagrada Familia. There you can purchase several Christmas-related items and participate in a variety of activities, some of them particularly appealing to children, like the Saturdays when they can make a list of gifts they would like to receive for Christmas and send their letters.
Related article: A Catalan Christmas in Barcelona
Feria de Reyes de la Gran Vía de Barcelona
Staring on December 18th and ending on January 6th, the Feria de Reyes de la Gran Vía de Barcelona is a fair that happens in different points of Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, one of the city’s major avenues and the longest street in Catalonia. The fair’s stands (over 200!) sell items like toys, candy, hand-crafted items, clothes, jewelry, decoration items and more.
If you plan on paying a visit to Feria de Reyes de la Gran Vía de Barcelona, take the opportunity to enjoy a churro, a tasty fried-dough pastry that can be typically found in fairs across Spain. And if the weather is really cold, ask for churro con chocolate caliente, and enjoy the sweet tastes while you slowly start warming up.