A Storybook Christmas in La Plaça de Sant Jaume

The original story book style nativity scene includes mother and child and carol singers

Each December Christmas takes to the streets and plazas of Barcelona in the form of markets, lights, trees and pessebres (nativity scenes). The word pessebre means crib in Catalan and most of the nativity scenes which can be seen in Barcelona follow the traditional format of stable, manger, 3 kings, cows, shepherds etc… One notable …

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Where to See Christmas Nativity Scenes in Barcelona

The three kings arriving at Barceino by boat in the giant nativity scene in Barcelona's Saint James' square.

Plaça de Sant Jaume If you’re in Barcelona at Christmas time you shouldn’t miss the large nativity scene in Plaça de Sant Jaume. The nativity occupies about a quarter of the plaza and the design changes every year. The nativity scene  shown below is from 2014 and was a recreation of the Roman city of Barcino. …

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Christmas Lights 2013

The Corte Ingles department store at Christmas

Barcelona’s Christmas lights were officially switched on by the mayor on November 22nd 2013 . This year there are a total of 85kms of illuminations and most of Barcelona’s main shopping streets have displays. The best known are in the centre of the city on Passeig de Gracia, Portal de l’Àngel, Las Ramblas, Carrer Aragó …

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Curling One Out For Christmas !

Rows of caganers for sale at a Christmas market

If you thought that Southpark’s “Mr. Hankey” was the only toilet related Christmas character – Think again ! The Catalan Christmas tradition includes 2 poo-related characters: The Caganer or “Shitter”- A cheeky figure that first appeared in Catalan nativity scenes during the 18th Century. Caga Tió – The Catalan equivalent of Father Christmas ! The …

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