15th December 2011
Counting down for New year’s eve?? It is a very special time in Barcelona. With the many traditions, wintry foods and the exciting festive atmosphere! Be Hostels invites you to spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Barcelona!
New Years Eve Barcelona 2011. NYE Parties and events in Barcelona. Feliç Any Nou 2011! Happy New Year! The 31/12 is called “nochevieja” or “Fin de Año” in Spanish and “Cap d’Any” in Catalan. There are many New Year Parties in Barcelona at all top clubs and many hotels. The biggest New Year parties in Barcelona is at the Fin de Año at Poble Espanyol – Barcelona’s Spanish Village on the plaza of Poble Espanyol. You can find another big dance party at Badalona just north of Barcelona called the Matinee Winter Festival.
New Year parties in Spain are often called “cotillones de nochevieja.” The Spanish word “cotillón” is the collective name for party paraphernalia like confetti, party horns, party hats and so on. You often see the word “cotillón” on restaurants and club party posters. This means that New Year’s party accessories are included in the party price. One or two drinks, called “copas,” are also usually included in the entrance price. NYE party prices vary from 15 euros to 40 for a club admission with cotillón and copas. For dinner and party the prices range from 75 to 150 euros depending on the locations. It is always a good idea to book in advance.
When the clock reaches midnight, everyone eats 12 grapes, one for each chime, and a toast with cava or champagne. In Barcelona you can follow this tradition either at home, in a restaurant, or outdoors. Placa Catalunya usually hosts an event to celebrate the countdown, and a lot of people go there to count together and eat these 12 lucky grapes.
Probably the most important day here is the day of 5th of January, when so called Three Kings come to the city to give presents. On 5 January every year, the evening before Twelfth Night (Epiphany, 6 January) the Thee Kings (or Three Wise Men of the New Testament) arrive by boat at the waterfront of Barcelona (Moll de la Fusta) to be greeted by the Mayor of the city and conducted to the nearby park of Ciutadella. From there the Three Kings depart in their carriages, the principal part of a grand parade that proceeds slowly through the streets and avenues of the centre towards the Olympic Stadium. The Kings and other participants in the parade throw barley sugar sweets and other sweets to the children lining the route. There are many stalls along the way, especially along Gran Via. The days leading up to the parade allow the opportunity for children to inspect the Three Kings’ boat and carriages, and to leave messages requesting gifts, which they (and adults, too) receive, traditionally, on 6 January.
And of course, besides parties, there are a lot of other things to do in Barcelona this time.
BARGELONA – In heart of the Barcelona, at Plaza Catalunya there is a huge ice rink so you can check out your skating skills. With 1,200m2 of ice and a 350 person capacity, this ice rink is covered by a semi-transparent dome which they will be projecting images onto at night. The rink also has a café where you can warm yourself with some delicious hot chocolate and churros. Where: Plaza Catalunya. When: The 2nd of December to the 8th of January from 10am to 9pm Sunday to Thursday, and 10am to 11pm Friday and Saturday. Price: 30 minutes 6 euro, 1 hour 8 euro.
You also should check out the lovely CHRISTMAS MARKETS around the city.
You can always find things to do in Barcelona. Enjoy this magic time here, have fun and stay with Be Hostels!