Christmas is the most awaited festival in many countries. But Spain holds a unique importance for it. The country has a strong religious history where the festival is seen as more of a holy day. Christmas doesn’t end on the 25th of December but goes on till the 6th of January. There starts a line of activities from Christmas Eve (called Nochebuena) to Christmas to New Years Eve (called Nochevieja) and the anticipation of the arrival of the “Three Kings” on January 6th. Accompanied to them, is a lottery event called “El Gordo”.
Like many other cities in Spain, Barcelona dresses and lits up in a way to cherish the most anticipated festival of the year. With decorated trees and Santa in red flurry coats everywhere, there takes place exciting activities which make Christmas a special yet out-of-the box occasion in the city.
Barcelona has a lot to offer during Christmas, from the scent of old streets to the narrow lanes of towns, the friendly atmosphere and the glittery marketplaces. Lets take a walk under the Christmas lights and take a nap under the cool breezin atmosphere of Barcelona.
Barcelona Cathedral:It isn’t hard to find the City’s main Christmas market in Cathedral Square where the market plays host to a special day dedicated to traditional Catalan. The wonderful streets in the gothic area of Barcelona have almost 300 stalls selling Christmas decorations and gifts.
Museu nacional d’art de catalunya: Barcelona’s most important museum with fine art collections dating back from the middle ages. The different sections ranging from metalwork to panel painting; stone sculpture to ivory carving present the European style trends in Catalunya.
Placa d’espanya barcelona: This is one of the most talked about monuments of Barcelona City, both historically and artistically. The two Venetian towers are beautifully lit up.
The Christmas ceremony takes place at Placa de catalunya. Here, a 12m Christmas tree is decorated with colorful lights along with other 300 streets and locations in Barcelona. Small L.E.D. Lights are used in order to avoid wasting too much energy. While solar energy gets stored up in daytime. The biggest ice rink in Europe is at Placa De Catalunya making way for 350 skaters. The ticket price which includes skate rental is €9 for 1 hour and €7 for 30 minutes.
Casa Batllo: Considering visiting Casa Batllo on Christmas Day? Pre-book tickets to avoid long queues. Exquisitely for Gaudi and art lovers, buying e-tickets would definitely serve as an advantage during the festive season. Also known as “The House of Bones”, Casa Batllo is famous architect Gaudi’s another unique and stylized work.
The entrance fee is €16.50 per person including an audio guide. Opening hours are from 9.00am until 8.00pm. However, it stays closed on X-mas and New Year’s Eve still you can pay it a visit.
Arc De Triomf: This is magnificently lit during the entire Christmas season. The night view just looks spectacular.
Sagrada Familia: Christmas Market opens up with 120 stalls during Christmas. Santa collects letters from little children and in turn gives them balloons and cookies. La Sagrada Família is only open from 9am to 2pm on X-mas Day.
Barcelona is one of the top shot cities of Spain for Christmas Shopping. Kick start your Christmas shopping with the city’s most amazing fashion Street- “Passeig De Gracia”. Introducing the annual Barcelona shopping festival, the Street is opened till midnight, on sundays and public holidays as well. Dress up warmly and enjoy a special light show in Torre Agbar between 6 – 11 PM.