Year in, year out, there’s a modern nativity scene in Plaça Sant Jaume and a classical one in Museu Frederic Marès.
It’s time to bring out our nativity figures because the countdown to Christmas is already ticking. For over 300 days and nights, they're stowed away in attic, cupboards, drawers and lofts. However, one fine day in December, full of expectancy, we bring them out into the living room. This has been the starting point for Paula Bosch, the creator behind the nativity scene that will adorn Plaça Sant Jaume over the holiday season this year. She says that each home has its own characters like the tió (the Catalan Christmas log), baubles, coloured lights, the caganer, the shepherds, Mary, Joseph and Jesus, for example. This year, they’ll all be on the scene that will be set up in front of the Barcelona City Hall. If your tastes are more classical, at Museu Frederic Marès you can visit the traditional nativity scene created by the Associació de Pessebristes de Barcelona in homage to the mountain landscapes of Montserrat.
The nativity scene in Plaça Sant Jaume will be open from 29 November to 6 January, every day from 10 am to 10 pm. At the same time, you can visit the patio at Museu Frederic Marès from 30 November to 2 February, from Tuesday to Sunday, including public holidays, except for 25 December and 1 January. What's more, in this space the choirs in the Secretariat de Corals Infantils de Catalunya will organise carol singing events from 29 November to 4 January, every Friday and Saturday except 6 and 7 December
All of these activities are free and open to everyone. You can find more information on the Barcelona City Council website.
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