Christmas markets are sprinkled throughout Barcelona; if you don’t find anything in one you can always hop over to another to hunt down goodies and unique gifts. Be Hostels loves the winter time in Barcelona! The beautiful and plentiful squares and narrow streets of Barcelona are generally filled with various Christmas markets, offering a great place to stroll around as well as some useful products.
Fira de Santa Llúcia Christmas market
The biggest Christmas market in Barcelona is on “Avenida de la Catedral” in front of Barcelona’s cathedral in the Gothic quarter of the old city. 2011 is the 225 edition of the Santa Lucia market in Barcelona. The market has around 275 stalls with 100 of them selling the popular “figuritas de Belén” which are the tiny figures to make your Christmas nativity scene called “pessebres.” Also on sale are the Christmas crappers called “Caganers” and other Christmas decorations, gifts, arts and crafts. Special days on Tuesday 13/12 which both “Dia de Santa Llúcia” and the “Diada de les Tradicions i els Costums Nadalencs a Catalunya” and don’t miss Tuesday 20/12, which is the “Tió gegant” giant log day.
Location: Av. De la Cathedral in front of Catedral de Barcelona in Gothic area.
Dates: Open from Saturday 26 November 2011 to Thursday 22 December 2011 daily from 10.00 to 22.00.
Fira de Nadal a la Sagrada Família – Sagrada Familia Christmas market
Fira de Nadal a la Sagrada Família. Traditional Christmas market with around 120 stalls at La Sagrada Familia church in Eixample area of Barcelona. On two Saturdays from 18 to 20.00 Santa Claus will collect letters from the children and hand out balloons and cookies. Open daily from 10.00 to 22.00.
Location: Sagrada Familia church
Dates: Open from Saturday 26 November to Thursday 22 December 2011 daily from 10.00 to 22.00.
Fira de Reis a la Gran Via – The Three Kings Fair
La feria de Reyes de la Gran Via” is also called “Sant Tomàs i Reis” (St Thomas and Kings) – and also sometimes called the Twelfth Night Fair: This is one of the biggest Christmas and New Year markets for gifts and toys in Barcelona. It has around 300 markets stalls with toys and other traditional “Reyes” gifts like “carbon de azucar” (candy coal!)
Location: On street of Gran Via between streets of Rocafort and Calàbria.
Dates: Open from Friday 16 December 2011 to 6. January 2012 from 10.00 to 20.00 and on 5. January 2012 until 03.00
Col.lectiu d’Artesans de l’Alimentació
This is another market that is available all year round, but with a far greater frequency during the Christmas period. It is a delightful experience, in the small square, overlooked by the Church Santa Maria del Pi. There are around twenty stalls selling honey, chocolates, cheeses, patés, herbs, wines and cakes. There is a friendly atmosphere between the traders and with the customers. Prices are fair considering the central location and high percentage of tourists.
Mostra d’Artesans de la Ribera
This is a craft market in the Born area. It is small but it is worth a visit due to its location. The Born area in general is good for shopping, with many boutiques and independent shops and is also very pretty during the Christmas period, with dim lights and narrow streets.
The market itself offers classy products such as hand-made jewellery, scarves and ornaments.
Location: Carrer de l’Argenteria, 4 Metro: Jaume 1