Crunchy snowflakes, glittering ornaments, the sweet smell of pine–the month of December carries some spectacular moments, and there are some incredible events in Barcelona in December. As the year winds down and the holidays edge closer, we at Lifestyle Barcelona have compiled a list of the top five most magical activities. If you’re not quite ready for activities in Barcelona in 2017, then this list of last-minute adventures might inspire you to find some fun before the New Year.
Number five on our list of the best events in Barcelona in December is a night under the big top. Grab the kids and head on down to Port Vell, where you’ll find the Circ Raluy. Stretched across the port, unique Barcelona activity boasts an authentic tent and beautifully painted cars as part of its setup, enticing families, students, and daytrippers to come join the fun. This family-owned circus group puts on a show each year and brings just a little bit of magic to Barcelona during the holiday season. Contortionists twist themselves into impossible shapes to do magic tricks, clowns perform laugh-out-loud sketches, and acrobats soar high above the crowd on trapezes, all to the flash and color of a lights show. While the show isn’t performed in English, you don’t need to know Spanish (or Catalan) to watch a breathtaking high-wire balancing act. Looking for things to do in Barcelona in December? This takes the cake–or pie.
For some Barcelona citizens, it isn’t Christmastime until they’ve paid a visit to the Fira de Santa Llúcia; few other events in Barcelona in December compare. Located just outside the cathedral, the Fira de Santa Llúcia is a charming tribute to the city’s history of craftsmanship. As far as unique activities in Barcelona in December go, it’s a staple amongst the locals. Since its inception in 1786, the Santa Llúcia fair has provided a venue for Barcelona-based artists to showcase their wares and for the citizens to mingle and enjoy some holiday cheer. Like some other Christmas markets, you can buy trinkets like jewelry or handicrafts; but you can also buy traditional Christmas greenery and nativity figurines. Since the market is right outside the city’s main cathedral, you and your friends can enjoy the ringing bells and bustling crowds of the Gothic Quarter, as well. If you’re going to be in the city during December and need to know where to go in Barcelona, this market is a must.
3. Fira de la Sagrada Familia
Farther than the cathedral’s Fira de Santa Llúcia is the Fira de la Sagrada Familia, a Christmas market against the scenic backdrop of Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia. This lovely market was once designed to accommodate the artists who had applied to have their work featured at the Santa Llúcia fair, and over time, it has grown into a stunning holiday tradition in its own right. With artisans boasting jewelry, greenery, figurines, and handicrafts, you can spend hours getting lost in the hundred stalls. One of the most enchanting activities in Barcelona in December, this market outing is sure to fill you up with Christmas spirit.
4. Els Grans del Gospel Festival
Do you love the rounded, pure vowels and enthralling resonance of a gospel choir? Then look no further than Barcelona’s own gospel festival, taking over the city for the month of December. Part of the International Jazz Festival, the Els Grans del Gospel (Gospel Greats) festival showcases some of the most impressive gospel choirs in the world. It takes place over the course of the last three weeks in December, featuring special performances. From a showstopping performance by American powerhouse group the Black Heritage Choir to local shows by fan favorite groups like the Soweto Gospel Choir. If you love poignant harmonies, amazing voices, and choral music, then this activity is a must. Tickets are available here.
This December, you can check out the coolest, greenest art exhibition in Barcelona. Drap-Art began in 1996, with a recycling festival known as the Creative Recycling Marathon of Barcelona. From there, the festival produced a few workshops before finally becoming an annual festival again in 2004. This year, the International Festival of Recycling Art of Catalonia will be held from December 16th-31st, and it is a spectacular, whimsical look into art crafted from recyclables. As Spain takes pride in its commitment to the environment, this exhibition serves as a reminder of the importance of reducing extraneous consumption and improving the state of our planet. This year, you can come see over sixty artists present stunning artwork, spend a few hours learning to make a holiday reindeer out of wine corks, buy unique gifts at the Christmas Market Drap-Art, and take part in a protest against wastefulness. This green activity is sure to imbue you with a mindful approach to recycling, and you’ll get to experience some amazing art while you’re at it.
Have you explored any thrilling events in Barcelona in December? Let us know in the comments!