On 23rd November, over 400 lights sparkled over the streets of Barcelona to mark the start of the Christmas period. Barcelona might not be known for its mulled wine or mince pies, but what it lacks in Lapland’s magic it makes up for in Christmas markets.
Fira de Santa Llúcia
If you only have time for one Christmas market in Barcelona, Fira de Santa Llúcia is the one to go for. As Barcelona’s oldest Christmas market, Fira de Santa Llúcia dates back to 1786 and is set in a spectacular location right in front of the Catedral de Barcelona.
Christmas decorations such as the traditional caganer (the squatting man!) complete in every Catalan nativity scene.
Artisan hand made gifts such as crafts, jewellery, toys, leather goods and ornaments.
Where: Gothic Quarter
Metro: Jaume L4 Yellow
Dates: 24th November – 23rd December
Hours: 10.30-20.30 Mon-Fri. 10.30-21.30 Sat-Sun
Fira de Nadal a la Sagrada Familia
Underneath the stunning Sagrada Familia lies Barcelona’s most traditional Christmas market, the Fira de Nadal. Although it is smaller than Fira de Santa Llúcia you’ll find it hard not to be won over by its Catalonian Christmas charm, and the sensational smell of roasting castaneas and other Christmas treats!
Children’s activities such as arts and crafts and a bouncy castle!
Metro: Sagrada Familia L5 Blue or L2 Purple
Dates: 25th November – 23rd December
Hours: 10.00-21.00 Mon-Fri 10.00-22.00 Sat-Sun and public holidays
Fira de Reis de la Gran Via de Barcelona
First held in 1877, the Fira de Reis Christmas market was set up originally selling children’s toys. Naturally, the market has now expanded to sell costume jewellery, decorations, clothes and ceramics, but when the toy shelves of El Corte Ingles start to thin out, this is the place to go! On the final night, on the Cavalcada de Reys the market is open until 3am!
Traditional Catalan decorations and jewellery
Metro: Urgell L1 Red
Dates: 19th December- 5th January
Hours: 11.00-22.00 every day