Is it really useful to remember that Barcelona is a very festive city ?
This dynamic city is the perfect place to celebrate your Christmas and New Year ! But do you know what we can do there during Christmas and New Year ?
Come on … Follow us, we told you all over Barcelona for successful holidays !
Christmas markets are always nice to discover with friends or family as we plunge immediately into the local atmosphere of the festive time. In Barcelona, Christmas markets are not lacking !
- Fira de Santa Llúcia: This is the Christmas Market the oldest and most famous of Catalonia. He settled on the steps of the cathedral, it is a great occasion to visit this famous monument.
From 27th November to 23th December
Monday to Thursday from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm
Friday to Sunday from 10:30 am to 9:30 pm
- Christmas Market of the Sagrada Familia: Nearly 100 stalls are installed around the Sagrada Familia. You will find plenty of Christmas decorations and gifts to offer to all yours friends and families !
From 28th November to 23th December
From 10:00 am to 9 pm
- Christmas Market in the Gran Via (or Fira de Reis): Along the Gran Via Corts Catalanes you will find the Fira de Reis. This market is divided into two parts: one is dedicated to toys near the Plaça de Catalunya and the other for handicrafts near the Plaça Espanya.
From 18th December to 6th January
From 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
- Children’s Festival: If you are in Barcelona with young children for the holidays, take them for a ride to the Children’s Festival. They will love it! A host of games and activities are spread over 40,000 square meters within the Fira de Barcelona, near the Plaça Espanya.
From 27th December to 4th January
Price: 9€ until December 1st, then 12€
The Caganer: is part of the Catalan folklore at Christmas. This is actually a figurine which is found in all Christmas cribs. Each year, the stars, politicians and other public figures are entitled to their caganer’s statuette. The Caganer is a person who defecates. You might tell us that it is original or weird, you right, but it is traditional !
The Tió Nadal: is a small hollow log that represents a man. It is filled with sweets that fall when children give it a knock (it is quite same as the famous piñata but local) when they are singing the song of “Caga tió”.
Where to spend a perfect New Year in Barcelona ? Actually everywhere ! Indeed, passing from bars, restaurants and nightclubs, you will find your happiness ! However, let us suggest an atypical New Year :
New Year’s picturesque Poble Espanyol: You may have heard of Poble Espanyol that has a singular space in Barcelona built for the 1929 Universal Exhibition. It is represent small independent town since its streets and squares are actually representing other iconic Spanish cities. This place is really picturesque and charming, Perfect for a the New Year !
Three areas could suit to your tastes and your desires:
The Plaza Mayor (the largest square of Poble Espanyol)
The Main Tent
The VIP area
All these areas are taking place between 10pm and 6am
General admission: € 35 in advance, € 40 at the box office | VIP Admission: € 50 in advance, € 60 at the box office (seats limited to 200 entries)
New Year Traditions
Do you you that Barcelona has some traditions of Spain ? History adopt them to follow local custom !
The 12 grapes : it is the best known and most tradition followed . It ‘s actually eating a grape at each stroke of midnight so 12 in total . If you spend Christmas Eve at a restaurant or a nightclub , grapes will be certainly delivered.
A ring in your glass of cava : In Catalonia you do not drink champagne but cava ! It is a local sparkling white wine which the Catalans are very proud. To attract money and prosperity in the new year, raise a glass with ring inside of your glass of cava .
Red lingerie as superstitions: wearing red lingerie for New Year would bring luck and happiness in love .
And finally, do not forget your list of resolutions ! It’s decided : this year you hold them all !
Let’s go Skiing !!
Yes you read it well ! Barcelona has a real advantage : You can enjoy snow sensation and chill on the beach in the same day !