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Christmas plans in Barcelona - Enjoy its magic

Ocio Leisure 06/12/2023

Christmas in Barcelona is lived in an atmosphere of happiness, parties and outdoor activities, which delight the whole family. Theater plays, markets, Christmas lights, outdoor activities, traditions, parades and this year's typical food infect locals and visitors.

Are you ready to enjoy Barcelona's Christmas traditions? Here is a list of things to do in the city during the Christmas holidays. We hope you enjoy them.

1. Christmas lights in Barcelona

The Christmas lights beautify more than 100 km of the city, distributed in 400 points. The most spectacular are:

Streets around Plaça de Catalunya

The English Court

Majestic Hotel

Passeig de Gracia

Moll de la Fusta

2. Christmas markets in Barcelona

The Christmas markets are spread throughout the city, feeding the Christmas spirit with their trees, decorations, nativity scenes and everything related to Christmas decoration.

Do not miss:

Santa Llúcia Fair

Gran Vía Fair

Nadal Fair at Moll de la Fusta

3. Traditional nativity scenes in Barcelona

Nativity scenes are an important element of the Christmas tradition and are often included in the decoration of most homes. But you can also visit the larger versions that are installed in emblematic places in our city.

Do not miss:

Sagrada Familia Basilica

Barcelona's cathedral

Frederic Marès Museum

4. Typical Christmas gastronomy in Barcelona

Trying the typical gastronomy of Catalonia is, without a doubt, a delight for all palates. Seafood, sausages, escudella, cannelloni from Sant Esteve, without forgetting the typical sweets such as nougat, mantecados and marzipan.

Enjoy the best Christmas food at:


Shipping Set  

Ca l'Isidre

6. Ice skating

Ice skating is another essential Christmas classic. Our city offers multiple possibilities to have a good time with friends and family.

The best options are:

L'Illa Diagonal  

The engineer  


7. More plans

  • Take a dip in the sea

A classic of Barcelona Christmas. Hundreds of people brave the cold and jump into the water to participate in the Club Natació Barcelona Christmas Cup. They leave Port Vell and swim 200 meters in the Mediterranean.

  • Christmas bus tour of Barcelona.

  • Musical events of any musical genre, such as operas, symphonic pieces, chamber music, blues and jazz.

And you, how many plans are you going to sign up for?