Things to Do in Barcelona During Your Christmas Holiday

Christmas in Barcelona

Is fun for people of all ages. Finding the right things to do is key to enjoying the festive period here. You may visualize Barcelona as a hot city with wonderful architecture, beaches, and beer. Whilst this is true, there is more to Barcelona than cocktails on the beach. Maybe a Barcelona Christmas is what you need this year!

Visit the Sagrada Familia this Christmas

No trip to Barcelona is complete without a visit here and there is arguably no better place to visit in Barcelona over the Christmas period. If you’re a Roman Catholic and want to go to mass on Christmas Day, unfortunately, the church is only open for viewing, so you’ll need to find another church for Christmas Day – that’s not to stop you from going to say a few prayers, though! The Sagrada Familia hosts traditional Christmas markets throughout December, and who doesn’t love a Christmas market?

If you want to find other Christmas markets in Barcelona, you’re in luck. Fira de Santa Llúcia is Barcelona’s oldest market in the city and boasts a marvelous Christmas market.

Have a look at their websites for times and how to book tickets:

The Nativity Scene at Plaça Sant Jaume

Located in the Gothic Quarter, The Nativity Scene at Plaça Sant Jaume is one that most tourists add to their Barcelona Christmas list. The scene is huge and is enjoyed by many each year. Nearby you’ll find Palau de la Generalitat and Barcelona City Hall, meaning there are many other interesting things for you to learn about in the same visit.

Indulge in Some Great Food

Like many places in the UK, some restaurants are not open on Christmas Day in Barcelona. However, many will be; some restaurants even prepare the less traditional turkey Christmas menus! If you want to really experience Christmas Barcelona style, try some of the local Christmas foods. We recommend turrón (nougat), El Pa de Nada (Christmas bread) and Escudella i carn d’olla (pasta in a vegetable or meat stew).

Don’t Forget the Other Traditions

We don’t usually find many people who celebrate the 5th of January in the UK, which is a shame as it’s a great celebration and one to not be missed off your Christmas Barcelona itinerary! Children receive chocolate and sweets as part of the celebration of the arrival of Melchor, Gaspar, and Baltasar (the three kings). Don’t worry, though, Barcelona holds a wonderful Twelfth Night Procession for all to enjoy! For more information visit:

Barcelona has so much on offer over the Christmas period and the greatest thing is that there is something for all. It doesn’t matter if you’re male, female, what age you are, or what beliefs you may have, a Barcelona Christmas is all about enjoying the city, living well and feeling happy!

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