There are over a hundred kilometres of streets and squares with Christmas lights to enjoy until 6 January, decorated with new low-consumption designs to foster energy savings. The Barcelona Christmas Tour is back this year too, offering a route around the main sites in the city and the most iconic buildings, decorated for the festive season.
The Christmas lights will be on for more hours in total, coming on at the same times as last year: 5.30 pm to 10 pm, except for weekends, when they will stay until 11 pm. On New Year’s Eve and Twelfth Night, the lights will stay on until 1 am.
While the lights will be on for more time in all, energy consumption should be lower. Resources have been invested in improving the efficiency of LEDs in all municipal lights and practically all the lights promoted by associations and shopping hubs.
Shops with innovative designs
The Christmas lights are also something to experience in shop windows. This year, thirty establishments in the districts of Nou Barris, Sant Martí and Ciutat Vella are taking part in “Christmas illuminations light up commerce”. The goal is for the most traditional and iconic shops and businesses to adopt design as an ally, giving visibility to the city’s creative talent.
Passeig de Sant Joan is also getting lights for the first time this year, joining Plaça d’Urquinaona, Avinguda del Paral·lel, Via Laietana, and La Rambla, with a design chosen through a competition by the ADI-FAD. Finally, the façades of the city’s municipal markets are also being decorated.
Lights at Christmas fairs
The traditional Christmas fair in Sagrada Família and the Three Kings fair in Gran Via will have a new artistic appeal for visitors, with installations offering an artistic experience using light modules in geometric shapes that people can interact with.