A large part of the Christmas charm in Barcelona is brought by the Christmas markets. The most impressive of these is the Fira de Santa Llucia, which is held in the cathedral square.
The Montjuic Magic Fountain is a highlight of Christmas and features a special display in December from 8 to 9 PM on Fridays and Saturdays. A Christmas tree is also present in the gothic area of Placa de Sant Jaume, which is a popular spot for the locals and guests to gather on Christmas.
On Christmas Eve, the Sagrada Familia holds the Midnight Mass, a ceremony that celebrates the birth of Christ. The ceremony begins at 7:00 PM, and attending mass is free, although capacity is limited.
Several classical concerts take place at the Palau De La Musica concert hall. This year, on Christmas day, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker will be played by the Orquestra Simonfica del Valles.
What better way to celebrate Christmas than with flamenco singing and dancing! Flamenco, with its passionate cantes, gypsy guitars and flamboyant dresses and castanets – is the first thing that springs to mind when one thinks of Spanish culture.
If you like celebrating Christmas like the locals, head to Poble Espanyol for a true Catalonian Christmas. You'll find here all things Christmas - the excitement, the good wishes, the festivities, carolling, Christmassy decor and more!
Dia de Reyes is celebrated on 6 January 2023 to honor the Three Wise Men. If you're staying in Barcelona until January, make sure to attend this Catalonian festival (even bigger than Christmas!)