Route of the traditional Nativity scenes in Barcelona

Nativity scenes and Christmas go hand in hand. For this reason, each year at the start of December, the city is filled with representations of the Nativity scene. There are many different kinds of Nativity scene: home-made, innovative ones, like the one in the Plaça de Sant Jaume, and also a good number made by Nativity scene fans. These are technically the best produced scenes, and this year in Barcelona you will find around thirty of them distributed throughout the city’s various districts.

They can be found in a wide variety of places: parish churches, public amenities, schools, markets, head offices, etc. The one element that they all have in common is that they are all classic Nativity scenes: they are made using cork and moss, the figures are made from clay or wood, they depict the traditional scenes and play with elements such as perspective. There are also some that take the form of dioramas, a centuries-old invention created by a member of the Barcelona Association of Nativity Scene Builders, the city’s most senior entity of this kind.

Classic Nativity scene at the Museu Frederic Marès Patio of the Museu Frederic Marès (Plaça de Sant Iu, 5)
From 23 November to 2 February
Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm. Sunday, 11 am to 8 pm. Closed Mondays.
From 26 December to 6 January, 10 am to 9 pm
Organised by: Barcelona Nativity-Scene Makers Association

Plaça de Sant Jaume Nativity Scene. (Plaça de Sant Jaume)
23 November to 6 January

Casa dels Entremesos (Plaça de les Beates, 2)
From 29 November to 2 February
Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 1 pm and 4pm to 7pm. Sundays and public holidays, 11 am to 2 pm. Closed Mondays.
Organised by: Associació de pessebristes de Ciutat Vella

Centre Sant Pere Apòstol (Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt, 25).
From 1 December to 2 February
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 9.30 pm. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 5 pm to 9.30 pm. Closed on Sunday.
Organised by: Associació de pessebristes de Ciutat Vella

Mercat de Santa Caterina (Avinguda Francesc Cambó, 16)
From 1 December to 12 January
Mondays, Wednesday and Saturdays, 7.30 am to 3.30 pm. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 7.30 am to 8 pm.
Organised by: Associació de pessebristes de Ciutat Vella

Parròquia de Santa Maria del Mar (Plaça de Santa Maria, 1)
8 December – 13 January
From 9 am to 1 pm, and from 5 pm to 8.30 pm

Ciutat Vella district headquarters. (Plaça de Bonsuccés, 1)
2 December – 12 January
Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 6.30 pm.
Organised by: Associació de pessebristes de Ciutat Vella

Mercat de la Concepció (Carrer Aragó, 313-317)
24 November to 12 January
Mondays and Saturdays, 8 am to 3 pm. Tuesdays to Fridays, 8 am to 8 pm.
Organised by: Associació de pessebristes de Ciutat Vella

Cloister of the Cathedral (access via Pla de la Seu, s/n)
30 November to 8 January
Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and from 5.45pm to 7.30 pm. Saturday, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and from 5.45 pm to 7.45 pm. Sundays and public holidays, 9.30 am to 1 pm and from 5.45 to 7.45 pm.

Parròquia de Sant Ramon de Penyafort (Rambla de Catalunya, 115)
From 17 December to 2 February
Monday to Friday, 9 am to 8 pm. Saturday, 11 am to 9 pm. Sundays and public holidays, 11.30 am to 2.30 pm and from 5.30 to 9 pm.

La Violeta de Gràcia (Carrer de Maspons, 6)
10 December – 20 January
Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm and from 4 pm to 11 pm. Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 11 pm.

Fundació Festa Major de Gràcia(Carrer de l’Alzina, 9)
From 3 December to 2 February
Monday to Thursday, 5 pm 9 pm. Friday 10 am to 1.30 pm.

Parròquia de Sant Miquel dels Sants (Carrer d’Escorial, 163)
From 24 December to 2 February
Sunday, 10 am to 2 pm

El Casalet (Carrer de Francesc Alegre, 19)
13 December – 7 January
Monday to Friday, 5 pm to 9 pm. Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, closed.

Moving Nativity scenes by Jordi Pallí (Rambla de Volart, 39)
15 to 16 December and from 4 to 27 January
Organised visits for groups and families: to book call 689 174 387

Parròquia de Santa Gemma (Carrer del Capità Arenas, 9)
4 December – 6 January
From 10.30 am to 12.30 pm, and from 5 pm to 8 pm

Parròquia de Santa Maria del Remei (Plaça de la Concòrdia, 1)
16 December – 13 January
Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 9 am and from 7 pm to 8 pm. Saturday, 8.30 am to 9 am and from 6 pm to 7 pm. Sundays, 8.30 am to 12 pm and from 7 to 8 pm.

Moving Nativity scene in Illa Diagonal (Avinguda Diagonal, 557)
3 December – 5 January
Monday to Saturday, 9.30 am to 9 pm.

Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes (Baixada del Monestir, 9)
From 15 December to 2 February
Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm. Public holidays, 10 am to 2 pm. Closed Mondays.
Organised by: Barcelona Nativity-Scene Makers Association

El Casalet del Turó Cultural Association(Passeig de la Peira, 30)
From 16 December to 2 February
10 am to 10 pm (can be seen from the street)

Els Propis Cultural Centre(Via Júlia, 201)
13 December – 8 January
Monday to Friday 6 pm to 8 pm.

Escola Sagrat Cor de Jesús (Carrer de Ribes, 65)
From 2 to 20 December
Monday to Friday, 9 am-1 pm and from 3 pm to 5 pm.

Orfeó Martinenc (Avinguda Meridiana, 97).
17 December – 7 January
Monday to Friday 5 pm to 8.30 pm.

Museu de la Música (Carrer de Lepant 150)
From 11 December to 3 February
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 am to 6 pm. Thursday from 10 am to 9 pm. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am to 7 pm.
Price: €6

Parròquia dels Dolors (Carrer de Begur, 8)
15 December – 31 January
From 6 to 8 pm

Centre Municipal de Cultura Popular de Sant Andreu – Can Galta (Carrer d’Arquimedes, 30)
14 December – 31 January
Monday to Friday, 4 pm to 9 pm.

Museu Etnològic i de Cultures del Món (Passeig de Santa Madrona, 16-22)
Permanent exhibition
Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm. Sundays and public holidays, 10 am to 8 pm.
Price: €5

Centre de Sarrià (Carrer del Pare Miquel de Sarrià, 8)
20 December – 10 January
3 pm-10 pm

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