Most foreigners who look for accommodation in Barcelona wouldn’t probably choose Christmas as their time to visit the city. However, as many other European capitals, Barcelona fills its streets and events with Christmassy environment in December.
From Friday the 27th of November on, the Christmas lights will be on all over Barcelona. The local government believes in a Christmas promotion model that merges the traditional Christmas lighting with outdoor activities that bring together local sellers and citizens beyond Christmas dates. For instance, the central Plaça Catalunya will host a fair of ethical trade and other social activities for all ages.
Coinciding with the turning on of the Christmas lights, Barcelona will also host the so-called ‘Black Friday’, a day for shops to offer special discounts and promotions.
At the same time, the 27th of November will also mark the start of the traditional Catalan Christmas market or Fira de Santa Llúcia, which will be open every day from 10:00h to 20:30h until the 23rd of December by the Cathedral of Barcelona. The Fira de Santa Llúcia offers to the public any kind of Christmas decoration you might need for your house. In this market you can from Christmas musical instruments, figures and moss for your Christmas crib, balls and garlands for your Christmas tree to Catalan traditional Christmas logs or ‘Caga tió’. This year’s edition will have almost 300 stands from which to select your favourite Christmas decoration.
So if you were wondering how to get the Christmassy spirit while visiting the relatively warm Barcelona in winter, now you know where you should head to.
More information on Christmas activities in the city can be found on the following website: http://www.barcelona.cat/en/christmas/