- Santa Lucia
29 November to 23rd December 2019, open daily from 10.30 to 22.30.
This market is one of the most famous in Barcelona. It is located right in the front of Barcelona Cathedral. This is one of the oldest fairs (233 years) with up to 300 stalls where you can buy Christmas decorations, traditional sweets, souvenirs and other gifts for the Christmas and New Year. Most of the goods that can be found at the fair are handcrafted and unique.
- Sagrada Familia
End of November to 23rd December 2019, open daily from 10:00 to 22:00
Another CHRISTMAS Market, but a little younger is located on the square in front of Sagrada Familia, the famous creation of Antonio Gaudi. Here you will find hand made souvenirs, watch Christmas performances and taste variety of wines, cheese, desserts and other gastronomic delicacies. On Saturdays from 18:00 to 20:00 Santa Claus visits market to collect letters from the children and hand out balloons and cookies.
- 3 Kings Fair (Fira de Reis a la Gran Via)
19 December 2019 to 6th January 2020, open daily from 11.00 to 22.00
This market was first organized in 1877. There are about 200 stalls where you can purchase everything from jewellery to ceramics and other design interior items, as well as toys and traditional “Reyes” gifts like ‘carbon de azucar’ (candy coal).
A walk along the avenue accompanies shopping and the opportunity to enjoy a traditional mug of hot chocolate with churros. This fair is located on Urgell and Muntaner streets.
Delicious Christmas treats
Warm up this winter with some traditional Spanish Christmas dishes! We recommend trying Sopa de Galets, a flavourful soup full of giant pasta shells that is traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve.
If you prefer to eat something sweet, try the traditional treat Turrón with various versions of nugat with nuts, chocolate or dried fruits, or the undoubted favourite of the Spanish winter streets, Churros Con Chocolate – hot chocolate accompanied by thin hot donuts sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Barcelona is definitely a wonderful place to celebrate the New Year. Whether you prefer to dance the night away in trendy clubs , or spend the night watching the Magic Fountain of Montjuic and the spectacular new year fireworks.
Barcelona will not disappoint you! No matter how you decide the New Year, be sure to take part in the Spanish grape tradition: at each stroke of the clock, you need to eat one grape, and so 12 pieces until the New Year comes!
The Parade of The 3 Kings
On the night of January 5th Barcelona celebrates the arrival of the Reyes Magos (Three Kings) with a Grand parade.
Children and adults line the streets along the procession route to see the Kings perform a 5km victory lap through the city centre and catch candies that is generously scattered from moving colourful platforms.
Starting from Port Vell, kings Baltasar, Gaspar and Melchior will arrive at the port of Santa Eulàlia at around 17:00 and embark on journey around the city that will end at the Magic fountain of Montjuic at 21:30.
Do not miss this celebration for children and adults!
El Dia de Los Reyes
On January 6th it is the most important winter holiday for all Spanish children. Families and loved ones comes together to enjoy the holiday, open gifts and play games.
If you are in the town on this day, be sure to try Roscón de Reyes. It is a sweet cake decorated with a paper crown and candied fruits, filled with buttercream and two surprises inside: one bean and one small king figure.
According the tradition the one who gets a portion with a figure of the king, wears the crown, and the one who finds a bean – pays for the dessert!
So, if you are planning to celebrate winter holidays in Barcelona, at Barcelona Best Services we offer comfortable centrally located apartments for families and large groups of friends, which are perfect for a cozy break in the city!