Christmas in Barcelona is an exciting time of the year, come and experience the festivity! The colorful lights, many activities, and traditions it has to offer to make it a perfect place to spend these festive dates. Barcelona has a diverse program of activities to fit crowds of all ages; Christmas fairs, markets, nativity scenes and circus and fun-fairs for family fun. This year is packed with activities as Barcelona resides the same normality and peace as the rest of the years.
The nativity scenes are a traditional part of Christmas in Barcelona and can be found in squares, churches and most homes. They can be in a miniature form or as living nativity plays. The most famous open-air nativity scene is in Plaça Sant Jaume in the gothic quarter and runs throughout the festive dates. The oldest and most known Spanish Christmas market “la Fira de Santa Llúcia” is located just outside the cathedral of Barcelona. It offers a wide range of artisanal products like small nativity figures to make your own nativity scene, Christmas decorations, gifts and dolls for children. There are other smaller markets located in every neighborhood
The central square Plaça Catalunya hosts a Christmas festival which attracts families to engage in all types of activities and shows and a large mechanical ballet dancer. If you are interested in music there is also a wide selection of Christmas concerts like classical, gospel and ballet in Palau de la Musica, Liceu Opera House and the Basílica of Santa María del Mar church.
You will also be able to attend the Christmas Eve midnight mass at the majestic gothic basilica Santa Maria del Mar and the Barcelona New Year Chimes celebration if staying in Barcelona for this festive dates. The new year’s celebration is located in Montjuic by the magical fountains and consists of a countdown to the twelve famous chimes with human tower buildings, concerts, music, fireworks and the Magic fountain light and water display. In Spain, it is tradition to eat twelve grapes, one for each chime for luck and then drink cava. Join in and experience this tradition, you will definitely be entertained!
However, the most famous and traditional celebration in Spain is without a doubt the Three Kings Parade on the 5th of January. This is probably quite different from any Christmas celebration you have seen before. It represents the eve that the Three Kings of Orient arrive at Baby Jesus’ crib and gave him presents. The 6th is when the children receive their presents from the Three Kings instead of Father Christmas. This parade consists of a procession of floats, each with a different theme, full of costumed adults and children tossing tons of sweets into the public. The three most important floats are destined to the three Kings, with royal postmen who collect any child’s letters still left to send off to the Kings.
Of course one of the most pleasant things about spending Christmas in Barcelona is the temperature it greets you with. The evenings can get a bit chilly but during the day it is usually warm and pleasant. This is ideal as it is pleasant to be outside and visit all the outside activities. However, the cold still shows for those brave people who participate in the annual Christmas harbor swim, this is definitely something to be present at.
Come and stay with us for Christmas, we can assure you it will be a wonderful experience!
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