Christmas markets in Barcelona.
Christmas has come!!! And nothing better than living it by visiting the traditional Christmas fairs that we find throughout the city. For this reason, at Blanc GuestHouse we make a compilation of the 4 best Christmas fairs and markets in Barcelona, both the classic ones and the most modern, where nativity scenes, crafts, food and good drinks are not lacking. You dare?
SANTA LLUCIA FAIR
Since 1786, the oldest and most popular fair in Barcelona, the Fira de Santa Llúcia, has been organized in front of the Cathedral. It is called that because it had always been held near the Romanesque chapel of the Eleven Thousand Virgins of the Cathedral, where Saint Lucia was venerated, and which would later give the chapel its current name.
As a curiosity, in the years before the Civil War, it was celebrated in the Plaça Nova and in the streets of Bou and Corribia, but the bombings that the city suffered caused the disappearance of these streets and several surrounding buildings. This left an explanation that later, in the 1950s, it would become the current avenue of the Cathedral, where the fair is still held today.
Every year, we can find more than 200 stalls that are grouped into 4 sectors: nativity scenes and figures, handicrafts, vegetation and green, and finally the musical section, where we will find typical instruments of this time such as zambombas and tambourines. In addition, carry out many activities for both adults and children to enjoy: a giant uncle, musical performances, nativity scene courses, parades…
SAGRADA FAMILIA CHRISTMAS FAIR
It is the oldest fair in l’Eixample, here fir trees, decorations, cribs and artisan food products have been sold for more than 60 years. A group of artisans moved to Eixample Dret, when there was no longer room for new stalls at the Santa Llúcia Fair. This is how the Christmas market began, which currently has almost 100 stalls.
KINGS FAIR IN GRAN VIA
It has been celebrated since 1877 and this Christmas we will find more than 300 stops, between the streets of Muntaner and Calàbria. There are all kinds of products, from jewelry, decoration and ceramics, to sweets, churros and toys. On Three Kings night, you find many people buying gifts in a hurry, since they open until well into the morning.
PORT VELL CHRISTMAS FAIR
Barcelona opens a new Christmas fair very close to the sea, specifically in the Plaza del Portal de la Pau, in Port Vell. In fact, it will have a 31-meter tree with LED lighting, the largest ever installed in Catalonia, a floating nativity scene and a giant Ferris wheel. The stalls will be made of wood in the traditional style of European Christmas markets. In addition, every night the facade of the headquarters of the Port of Barcelona will be illuminated with a show to the rhythm of music and with more than 100,000 LED lights.