Christmas Markets in Barcelona 2018

Barcelona is a great place for Christmas shopping with a wide range of shops and department stores catering to all budgets and tastes. There are also several traditional Christmas markets that take place every year.

People shopping at a Christmas Market in Barcelona

The Fira de Santa Llucia is Barcelona’s Oldest Christmas Market

La Fira de Santa Llucia

The Market of Saint Lucia is Barcelona’s oldest Christmas market and dates back to the 18th Century. It is located in the plaza in front of Barcelona Cathedral.

The market takes place daily from late November until the 23rd of December and is open from 10:30 to 20:30.

Most of the stalls sell traditional Christmas decorations including trees, mistletoe, figures and accessories for nativity scenes, as well as caganers and cagatios.

There are also a number of stalls selling hand crafted items such as jewellery, ornaments and other gifts.

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Fira de Nadal de la Sagrada Família

The Sagrada Familia Christmas Market is held in the park beside the basilica and also takes place from late November until the 23rd of December. Opening times are from 10:00 to 21:00

It is slightly smaller than the Fira de Santa Llucia and has more of a local feel to it. In addition to Christmas decorations, there are also stands selling traditional winter snacks such as roast chestnuts, baked sweet potatoes, xurros and hot chocolate.

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Lots of colourful Caganers for sale on a stall at one of the Christmas Markets in Barcelona

A Selection of Caganers

The Fira de Reis

Unlike the other Christmas markets whose main focus is Christmas decorations, the stalls at this fair sell mainly children’s toys and other gifts. It is located on Gran Via between Plaça de la Universitat and Carrer Calabria.

The main day for giving and receiving presents in Spain is Kings Day (dia dels Reis Mags) which is January 6th. The fair runs from December 21st until the 6th of January. Opening times are from 11:00 to 14:00 then 17:00 to 21:00. As well as toys and presents there are also xurrerias selling fresh xurros and hot chocolate.

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