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Traditional festivals

Santa Llúcia Christmas Fair

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Written by Daniella

The Fira de Santa Llúcia is one of the most important Christmas fairs in Barcelona. With a tradition that goes back centuries, the Fira de Santa Llúcia is a Christmas market where you can enjoy one of the largest collections of Christmas related products, like different types of Christmas decorations, lights, Christmas trees and nativity scene figurines.

Today, this article by ShBarcelona will tell you more about the Fira de Santa Llúcia, the products you can buy here and the history of this wonderful Christmas market in the Catalan capital.

Related article: Decorating Your House For Christmas

A traditional Christmas fair: Fira de Santa Llúcia

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Santa Lucía Christmas Fair begins at the end of November and has more than 270 stalls selling Christmas items (cribs and figurines, plants and trees, and handicrafts). This fair traditionally takes place on Avinguda de la Catedral, opposite of the Pla de la Seu in the Gothic neighbourhood.

The fair offers all the products you could possibly need to decorate your home for Christmas, and visiting this traditional fair feels magical. Excitement for the Christmas season can be felt everywhere.

According to tradition, in the eighteenth century young seamstresses from Catalan villages went around town singing songs on the day of Santa Llúcia. From that moment on, the girls were called “llucietes”.

At other times, a group of girls went door to door to sing their songs and collect alms. One of the girls represented St. Lucia and wore a wreath of flowers, and the others were her “cardinals”.

Dressmakers started meeting in Parque de la Ciutadella in Barcelona, where they organized a party, and this is how the Fira de Santa Llúcia originally began.

Since 1786 the Christmas fair has been organised in front of one of the most popular cathedrals in the city. You can find handcrafted products here and a great assortment of decorations for the Holiday Season.

The importance of the Fira de Santa Llúcia also became clear because of texts by two Catalan culture personalities: aristocrat Rafael Amat, also known as Baron de Maldà, and folklorist Joan Amades.

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What to see and buy at Fira de Santa Llúcia?

Nativity scenes and figurines

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You can buy all kinds of cribs and accessories for the crib at the fair, but also figurines, Christmas lights, candles, balls, and other Christmas decorations. These are not just for your Christmas tree, but also to decorate your entire home.

Trees, plants and flowers

You will discover all kinds of trees at the fair’s stalls. Besides fresh-cut Christmas trees, you can also find fake decorations, and moss, trunks in different sizes to make a tió, cork, branches of eucalyptus and other plants and flowers for the most wonderful time of the year.

Handicrafts

You can see several types of handcrafted products and accessories at the Christmas market, like clothing, decorations and gifts, jewelry and other textile Christmas products.

Other typical Christmas items

Most of the time that families get together for Christmas, they sing carols and enjoy Christmas meals. So the fair also sells some musical instruments, like the popular zambomba, but you can also find tambourines and other musical instruments at the Fira de Santa Llúcia.

When does the fair take place?

From 29/11/2019 to 23/12/2019

What times can you visit the fair?

Weekdays: from 11:00 to 20:30

Weekends and vigils: from 10:00 to 21:30

Location:

Avinguda de la Catedral

Nearest metro:

Line 4 (yellow), stop Jaume I

Have you visited the Fira de Santa Llúcia before?

About the author

Daniella

Daniella enjoys everything the city of Barcelona has to offer. She writes, translates and loves discovering Catalonia and its beautiful nature.

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