Christmas in Barcelona: Christmas market

Who doesn’t like strolling around during Christmas season enjoying the lights and the happy faces? But when you are in a foreign city, sometimes you are a bit lost trying to find the local Christmas spots…

If you are visiting Barcelona in December and you want to experience the magic of Christmas in Barcelona, make sure to check out today’s post:

Here are my 5 suggestions to enlighten your Christmas in Barcelona!

Make sure to visit the Barcelona Christmas markets

My favorite is the one in front of the Old Cathedral: Nativities, Christmas threes and local traditions. The largest in town! I always stop over to check it out during my tours of the Old Town in Christmas.

Go “nativity-watching”

One of my favorite Christmas traditions in Spain is making nativities. Locals always find a moment to check out the real size Nativities in the cloister of the Old Cathedral and in the Plaça Sant Jaume. If you like them, next head to the Bethlehem Church in La Rambla to check out their Nativities Diorama exhibit.

Barcelona Christmas lights

In the evening, walk down Passeig de Gràcia, across Plaça Catalunya and continue down Les Rambles and into the Gothic Quarter. Lights on from 6pm to 9pm approx.

Buy a Ponsetia

During Christmas in Barcelona, La Rambla turns red and green from this plant. Get to the flower market to buy one and decorate your house (or should I say, your hotel room or your apartment!).

Attend Christmas mass

Barcelona Christmas

Even if you are not very religious, it’s one of the most important services of the year, and it has a special socializing atmosphere. If you are curious about how locals live, consider going on Christmas eve. It’s called the Rooster Mass (Missa del Gall), because it takes place by midnight. Some beautiful services are:

– Santa Maria del Mar church: 11.45pm (Sibilla chant followed by the Rooster Mass).

– Cathedral: 11pm (Vigil prayer), midnight (Rooster Mass).

AND BONUS! The Christmas food all locals buy for the holidays:

Buy artisan turron at a traditional shop

No Barcelona Christmas is complete unless you have a few turron bars to eat for desert. Head to Portal de l’Àngel, where locals stand in line patiently to get their sweets from the Planelles Donat and the Casa Colomina have their main shops, and choose your favorite flavors: Alacant (hard almond), Xixona (soft almond), Yema (crème brulée), Fruita Confitada (candy fruit), Nata-Nous (cream and walnuts), chocolate… Enjoy!

Merry Christmas!

What about you? Tell us on a comment below: Are you planning anything special for your Christmas in Barcelona?


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