Every afternoon when the daylight escapes, the artificial lights kick in and fill your heart with the Christmas spirit!
This blog will tell you about the Christmas Traditions and Christmas Markets in Barcelona.
Every year, there is a lighting ceremony; a tradition where the Mayor of Barcelona will switch on the Christmas lights. This year it will be held on the 22nd of November on Carrer de Sants, which is Barcelona’s longest shopping street in the Sants district of Barcelona..
At night, the Barcelona Shopping Night 2012 will take place on Passeig de Gracia. This represents the big kickoff for the Christmas shopping, from 8 pm till 1 am.
The Barcelona Shopping Night will feature different fairytale themes; Puss in Boots, Peter Pan and Hans Christian Anderson stories.
You can experience the Christmas feeling throughout the entire city; the Christmas lights and decorations, there will be a big Christmas tree on Plaza de Catalunya and a large outdoor covered Christmas ice skating rink.
In December there will be also a beautiful and special Christmas water and music show at the Magic Fountain.
It’s on Fridays and Saturdays (also on the 25th of December and 1st of January) between 7 pm and 9 pm.
Christmas markets in Barcelona
The oldest, biggest and most traditional market is “Feria de Santa Lucia”, in front of Barcelona’s Cathedral.
On the Avenida de la Cathedral and the small streets around it, there are almost 300 stalls with Christmas decorations and gifts.
The 24th and 25th of December will be celebrated with beautiful dinners and lunches. However, Christmas in Spain is until the 6th of January. This is the most important day of Christmas in Spain; the day of the Three Kings. The story tells that on this day the Three Kings arrived at the crib of Jesus, bearing their gifts.
The 5th of January is called the Night of the Three Kings, “Cabalgata los Reyes Magos”. On this day, the Three Kings Parade takes place; a procession of impressively decorated parade floats.
At night, the children put out their shoes with hay and water for the camels (from the Three Kings), hoping for some presents in it the next morning.
This is a cheeky, handmade figure of Catalan nativity scenes that literally means “the crapper”. “El Caganer” is very popular in Catalunya and thought to bring good luck.
You can buy them in many forms and public figures, which have the honour of being portrayed with their pants down at Christmas.
For more information about Barcelona in December, click here.