HOW TO SPEND CHRISTMAS IN BARCELONA?
Like many places in the world, during Christmas, Barcelona is full of lights, decorations and energy to celebrate the most magical holiday of the year. The vibe and traditions here are unique, exciting and fun, which you will never forget. The weather in Barcelona during this time is around 10-15 degrees, which is cold but not freezing so you can still definitely go out and enjoy the festive atmosphere through tons of activities. And SuiteLife would love nothing more than to share with you in our blog “Top things to do at Christmas in Barcelona 2014″.
Christmas market and shopping
Fira de Santa Lucia Christmas Market
This is the most well-known and largest outdoor Christmas market in Barcelona. It celebrates its 228 anniversary this year (1786-2014). The market is opened in front of Catedral de Barcelona in the Gothic quarter from 30th November 2014 to Monday 23rd 2014. With 287 market stalls, you can easily find traditional items for example the famous el Caganer (the pooper), Christmas Caga Tio (a smiley face log), moss, Christmas trees and other handicrafts.
Fira de Nadal a la Sagrada Familia
From 29th November to 23th December, in front of the famous Sagrada Familia, there are around 120 stalls selling traditional Christmas items. On two Saturdays from 6pm to 8pm, Santa Claus will collect letters from children and hand out balloons and cookies.
“Els llums de Nadal” is the Spanish name for Christmas lights in Barcelona. It will be switched on 29th November at 17:45 by the Mayor of Barcelona. The ceremony is held Plaza Catalunya. The lights will be on until 6th January at almost 400 locations on Barcelona’s streets and the illuminations cover a total distance of around 85km.
In December, on Fridays and Saturdays, there are special Christmas water and music shows between 19:00 to 21:00. There will be additional sessions on 25th ,27th, 31th December as well as 1st and 5st January.
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Pessebre in Plaça Sant Jaume
In Barcelona, nativity scenes play an important role in Christmas traditions. It is called as “Pessebre” in Catalan. You can find many different nativities in Barcelona, mostly on plazas and in churches. But among all of them, the most impressive nativity scene in Barcelona is the one in Plaça Sant Jaume which attracts thousands of locals all eager to see what has been created this year. The production of the crib is changed from year to year. In recent years, both traditional and contemporary styles are applied, but always with the familiar characters of the Holy Family, shepherds, Three Kings and angels,…You also can see the caganer, an elf or a gnome-like figurine who will be found in the scene, crouching down to defecate. It is quite a strange and unique tradition in Catalonia. This tradition means that the caganer drops his britches to “fertilize the Earth”. The fellow is believed to bring good luck.
Barcelona is always famous for its outdoor activities, nightlife and amazing food scene. The typical Christmas dish is “Escudella i carn d’olla”. This is a bowl of pasta shells “galets” in a meat and vegetable stew or soup. Another dish is the “carn d’olla” which is a meat dish of stuffed capon or turkey. About dessert, the typical ” Turrón” is on sale at Christmas markets and supermarkets in Barcelona. It is nougat made with almonds, hazelnuts and honey. “El Pa de Nadal” is Christmas bread in Barcelona and is sold all over the city. During Christmas, a lot of restaurants in Barcelona serve Christmas menus, which you can check on this link from bcnrestaurantes.
If you have any other suggestions about how to enjoy Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Barcelona, don’t hesitate to comment below.
So, this is probably our last blog of this year. We hope you have an amazing holiday season and New Year’s Eve ! See you in 2015 !