December is around the corner and with it all the magic that Barcelona offers everyone. Today at Xior Diagonal Besòs, your residence for university students in Barcelona, Christmas bells are already being heard and, in this blog, we will tell you which are the best Christmas plans in Barcelona that you cannot miss.
Visit the Christmas Markets
A Barcelona Christmas without taking into account one of its wonderful Christmas markets, full of a magical and festive atmosphere where you can find tree decorations, handmade figures for the Nativity scene, poinsettias, a “caga tió”, and many more options that will surprise you. The two main traditional Christmas markets that you should visit are the following:
Santa Llúcia Market
A synonym for Christmas in Barcelona is the Fira de Santa Llúcia, which is the Barcelona Christmas market par excellence, as well as being the oldest in the city with more than 235 years of tradition, if not because it is also the most emblematic. Located on Avenida de la Catedral, it has 175 Christmas stalls where you will find nativity scenes, trees, and handicrafts. Remember that the market will be available until December 23, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sagrada Familia Christmas Market
Another traditional Christmas market is the one near the Sagrada Familia, with all the magic that this implies of experiencing Christmas with views of the impressive basilica designed by Gaudí. This market was created when the one in Santa Llúcia no longer supplied its visitors. It is characterized by being a little smaller and has 100 stalls where you will also find cribs, trees and plants and Christmas decorations, gifts of all kinds and also spaces with food products such as chestnuts, nougats and churros. We remind you that this market runs until December 23, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day, and until 10 p.m. on the eve of public holidays.
Contemplate The Christmas Decorations of Barcelona
As of November 24, Barcelona is once again adorned with millions of lights that flood the entire city with the Christmas spirit. For this 2022 the most emblematic spaces and streets are Plaza Catalunya, Gran Via, Paseo de Gracia or Aragó street, which will also feature renovated lighting.
On the other hand, Christmas trees will also be installed in the main shopping streets of the city. Without a doubt, we recommend you stroll through the streets of Barcelona throughout December, as they will make you live a different experience and enjoy the decoration, the shop windows, and the great variety of lights.
Christmas with Chocolate and Churros
Churros with hot chocolate are already a classic in Barcelona. However, at Christmas time in Barcelona, there is no need to look for any excuse to enjoy this gift for your palate at a stop to recharge your batteries on a cold afternoon of shopping in the center. In this sense, you should not miss the great Barcelona classics in churros with chocolate such as Granja Viader, Dulcinea or Petritxol, Churrería Trébol, or Comaxurros.
Discover The Käthe Wohlfahrt Store
If you are looking for a magical corner in Barcelona for your Christmas shopping, this is the Käthe Wohlfahrt. A German store with many years of tradition in handmade Christmas decoration, which is also one of the most important in Europe. Located for more than three years in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, it has already become a place of pilgrimage for Christmas lovers.
In addition, you will also find exclusive pieces inspired by Barcelona with designs inspired by Gaudí, the characteristic yellow and black taxi, or the unmistakable caganer.
The Christmas Poble Espanyol
If Poble Espanyol is already a must-see in Barcelona, then in December it becomes a must for everyone. And it is that in December it dresses up for Christmas with many impressive details that will make you fall in love at first sight. We remind you that from December 4 to 8, December 11 and 12, December 18 to 30 (except December 25), and from January 2 to 5, Poble Espanyol becomes a giant advent calendar.
In this way, it will be filled with 24 thematic corners that will be related to characters, traditions, and typical Christmas scenes, such as the 24 windows of an Advent calendar. You can also visit the House of Santa Claus until December 23 or one of the Magi from December 26, to deliver your letter personally.
The New Year’s Eve Chimes
With the arrival of the end of the year, the classic fireworks also come to the city. These usual pyrotechnics shows that traditionally took place on Avenida de la Reina Maria Cristina, for this year will be done, but in a decentralized way, that is, throughout the city, so that residents of the entire city can enjoy the fires from your windows without having to travel to Plaza Espanya.
If you don’t know anything about Catalonia Christmas and its traditions yet, live the student experience in our Xior Diagonal Besòs residence and you will live all these experiences!