From the end of November to the end of December, Barcelona streets fill with various Christmas markets. We have selected a few of them to enable you to discover the different products to be found.
Barcelona Christmas Markets
Discover Spanish and Catalan Christmas traditions while wandering among the stalls for a pleasant evening.
Fira de Santa Llúcia :: Christmas Market
Located in front of Barcelona’s Cathedral, Fira de Santa Llúcia is Barcelona’s most well-known Christmas Market. It is typically Spanish, therefore don’t expect to taste mulled wine hot dogs like in other markets that were influenced by German culture.
Spanish traditions have the place of honor. Indeed, you can buy figuritas de Belén, small figurines to recreate the nativity scene, which is very common for Christmas in Spain.
Traditional musical instruments such as tambourines will also be available in one of the sections of the market to bring some music in your family gatherings.
Also, different sizes of caga Tió can be bought in Fira de Santa Llúcia Christmas market. Caga Tió is a Catalan tradition that may seem curious. It consists of a log which has a friendly face and a blanket. From December the 8th, people “feed him” every day until Christmas day, then children beat him with a stick to make him… defecate (hence the name “caga Tió”) candies, nuts and turrón (kind of nougat).
Of course, it doesn’t replace the traditional Christmas tree. Therefore a section of the market is devoted to the sale of natural or artificial trees or mistletoe among others.
Finally, one of sections is dedicated to hand-crafted products, you can find many different stalls such as jewelers or toys makers.
Fira del Col·lectiu d’Artesans de l’Alimentació
This market is available all year, but the frequency higher in December. Located in the Pi square next to the Basilica Santa Maria del Pi, this market is dedicated to food. There are not many stalls, but they sell high quality honey, chocolates, cakes, wine and many other delicious products. If you have trouble in deciding what to buy, here is the good news: most of the stalls enable you to taste products before making your decision.
Fira de Reis a la Gran Via
Located in Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, the name of this market refers to the Three Wise Men and is dedicated to toys and candies, because according to the Spanish tradition, the presents for children are brought by the Three Wise Men on the Epiphany day.
Fira Solidària de Nadal
Located in the Jardinets de Gràcia, Fira Solidària de Nadal is a charity Christmas market organized by Barcelona city council. You can find hand-crafted products, and the benefits will be given to charity. A good way to make a good deed while indulging yourself.