Christmas Markets in Barcelona

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Christmas Markets in Barcelona

When the Christmas season begins in the Catalan capital, the city is imbued with a magical and festive atmosphere. With the Christmas spirit in mind, the squares, streets and corners of all Barcelona host the traditional Christmas markets: spaces full of stalls where visitors can find products of all kinds, from gastronomy, crafts or elements to decorate houses during this time.

Every year, Barcelona installs different Christmas markets in different parts of the city. If you want to know which are the most popular Christmas markets in Barcelona, we tell you below.

 

Santa Llúcia Christmas Market

The most famous of these markets is, without a doubt, the Santa Llúcia Christmas Market, which we talked about in our post about New Year’s Eve in Barcelona. Located in the Plaça de la Catedral in Barcelona, this traditional market is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. Conceived as a market where you can buy all the things to prepare your home for Christmas, the Santa Llúcia Market can be visited from the 30th of November until the 23rd of December, just before the arrival of Christmas Eve. An essential visit for all those who also like to get lost in the labyrinthine and charming streets of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter.

In the Santa Llúcia Christmas Market you will find all the traditional Catalan Christmas decorations and some not so traditional. The typical fir tree, lights, candles, nativity scenes, Santa Claus and Saint Nicholas dolls, stars, mistletoe… and, of course, the most traditional Christmas touches of Catalonia: the “caga tío” and the “caganer”.

The “cagatió” is simply a hollowed tree trunk that is fed and covered with a blanket on the days before Christmas Eve. Once the tió has been “fattened”, the children sing a song typical of Catalan culture and beat it with sticks so that this “cague” (expulse) the small gifts that appear magically under the blanket.

The other typical Christmas figure in Catalonia, the caganer, is an important part of any traditional Catalan nativity scene. This figure is a man leaning and shitting on the floor with his pants around his ankles. The typical figure of the caganer is the man with the red cap (the traditional Catalan “barret”), white shirt, brown vest and trousers. However, it is becoming more and more common to find in the cribs of caganers houses much more “modern” or adaptations in the form of famous figures (both real and fictitious!): Darth Vader, Messi, Obama or Trump are some of the most common. However, the most demanded caganer this year is, as could not be otherwise, the singer Rosalia. If there is not a caganer figure made in your likeness, then you are not truly famous!

 

Sagrada Família Christmas Market

Leaving the market of Santa Llúcia we go to another interesting Christmas market, the Sagrada Familia. Inaugurated in 1962, the Sagrada Familia Christmas market was initially conceived as an extension of the Santa Llúcia Market, whose space in the Cathedral Square wads insufficient to house all the stops in the Cathedral Square. Today, the Sagrada Familia Christmas Market has become the most traditional market in the Eixample of Barcelona.

Like the Santa Llúcia market, the Sagrada Familia market The market is divided into four distinct sectors: that of Christmas trees and plants; that of nativity scenes, traditional figures (such as the caganer), the cagatió and Christmas decoration in general; food (with stalls selling cheese, sausages and sweets); and the gifts sector, with handmade products and clothing.

The Sagrada Familia Christmas Market is a great option for families visiting Barcelona with children. If you are there, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Sagrada Familia, one of the obligatory stops for all those who want to know more about Barcelona’s modernist route.

Like the Mercat de Santa Llúcia, the Christmas market of the Sagrada Familia can be visited from the 30th of November until the 23rd of December.

The “Three Kings” Fair

Barcelona has another great Christmas market: located along the Gran Via de Les Corts (between Muntaner and Gran Via, in the “Fira de Reis” (Three Kings Fair) we find a large number of gifts, products and items for Christmas shopping or last-minute gift of Kings. Unlike the two previous ones (Fira de Santa Llúcia and Mercat Nadal de la Sagrada Familia), the Three Kings Fair is installed in this iconic avenue of Barcelona from 19 December to 6 January.

The Christmas market has 243 stands with different themes: toys, gifts, crafts and, unlike the others, with different stalls of churros, very typical to warm us during a cold day or receive the gifts of Kings in the morning of 6 with some good churros with chocolate.

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Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

Daniel

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