New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display

Tourists filming the Magic fountain with their mobile phones

Traditionally the Spanish see the new year in at home with their family. As the clock strikes midnight everyone eats 12 grapes and toasts the new year with cava. If you’ve visited Barcelona before, you …

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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 …

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The Nativity Scene at Plaça Sant Jaume

Queues at the nativity scene in Plaça Sant Jaume Barcelona

Every December a giant Nativity scene or “Pesebre” is installed in Plaça Sant Jaume. The design changes each year and never fails to surprise. In 2013 the Pesebre depicted life on Barcelona’s rooftops and is one …

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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 …

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Christmas Markets in Barcelona 2021

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

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. …

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