If you want to experience a real Christmas market and the top one from Time-Outs Magazine’s last years list of Europe’s top ten Christmas markets. Yes we are talking about Fira de Santa Llúcia near the Barcelona Cathedral.
Fira de Santa Llúcia is an old and traditional market, dating back to 1786. Nowadays the market has expanded to a large market with about 300 stalls and traders selling different Christmas decorations and gifts, most of them handcrafted at that.
You can find all the typical figures for Catalan Christmas such as the Caganer (the pooer), Caga Tió (a log with a happy face that poop’s out presents if you hit him with a stick), figures for nativity scene and a lot more. You will find everything you imagine that belongs to Christmas there. Read more about the Caganer and Caga Tió.
The market really has a perfect Christmas vibration all over it and it gets really cosy at sunset, with all the street and Christmas lights plus the Cathedral rising in behind the market.
And when you’re at it you should visit the Cathedral, there is something magical about it during Christmas time, hard to explain but you should visit it on a Sunday afternoon.
Here in Barcelona there are several other Christmas markets as well, like the Col·lectiu d’Artesans de l’Alimentació, a smaller market with a lot of high quality edible and drinkable stuff like chocolate, cheese, meat, pate, wine, herbs, honey and so on, a perfect place to buy some delicious cheese to the Christmas dinner table.
There is also a Christmas market at la Sagrada Familia, smaller than Fira de Santa Llúcia with about 120 stalls. A good market for families as it is not as big as Fira de Santa Llúcia so the kids can run along without getting lost.
Fira de Brocanters is an antique market which takes place on Avenida Diagonal from the 15th to 23rd December.
Eat some Castanyadas, drink hot chocolate or mulled wine and walk in the different Christmas markets and enjoy the Christmas time and vibrations of Barcelona.