Discover the magic spots in the city

Use the magnifying glass to explore the Christmas City in detail and discover the magical characters hiding in every corner.

A very special Christmas

Barcelona will be celebrating a very special Christmas this year, conditioned by the safety and prevention measures needed to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. Traditional activities such as the Three Kings Parade and New Year’s Eve are being transformed through imaginative formulas, enabling the public to enjoy them safely. 

Christmas in Plaça de Catalunya

Plaça de Catalunya hosts Barcelona’s Christmas Festival from 19 to 30 December, with over twenty different cultural projects forming part of a programme of more than a hundred activities, with something for everyone.

  • Where: Plaça de Catalunya
  • When: from 19 to 30 December

The Santa Llúcia fair

In the heart of the Ciutat Vella district, the Santa Llúcia Christmas fair offers everything necessary to decorate the home at Christmas.

  • Where: in front of the Cathedral
  • When: 27 November to 23 December

The city gets lit up for Christmas

Barcelona will have close to four hundred lit-up street sections, thanks to collaboration from the city’s neighbourhood retailers. For the first time too the buildings of the city's 39 municipal markets will be brightening us all up with the Christmas spirit. Enjoy them!

The Magic of the Orient at the Fòrum

The Magic of the Orient at the Fòrum offers a unique experience where children can deliver their letters and toddlers hand in their dummies as they get a close-up look at the best-kept secrets of the Three Kings of the Orient and their whole magic entourage.

  • Where: Parc del Fòrum
  • When: from 28 December to 5 January
Social and Solidarity Economy Responsible Consumption Fair

Responsible Consumption Fair

Organisations and companies will be back once again for the Responsible Consumption and Social and Solidarity Economy Fair in Plaça de Catalunya. This year it will be a smaller affair, with controlled access and 30% capacity due to the situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Where: Plaça de Catalunya
  • When: from 18 to 30 December
Nativity scene, titled ‘Sleeping objects’ work of stage designer Paula Bosch

Nativity scene exhibition at the City Hall

The ground floor of the City Hall is hosting an exhibition offering a route around the nativity scenes from Plaça de Sant Jaume from the last ten years.

Street with Christmas lights

Christmas and commerce

This Christmas once again sees the city’s shopping associations combine with the City Council’s Directorate for Commerce, Restaurants and Consumption to offer cultural, recreational and artistic activities for everybody to enjoy Christmas in the city.

Classic nativity scene at the Museu Marès

Classic nativity scene at the Museu Marès

The Barcelona Association of Nativity Scene Builders has designed a traditional Nativity scene with handmade figures inspired by Catalan landscapes.

Advance reservation required.

Books on Barcelona published or jointly published by Barcelona City Council

Give Barcelona books as gifts

Christmas is a great time to visit bookshops and give Barcelona books as presents. Here are some of our recommendations.

A sustainable Christmas

A sustainable Christmas

Christmas is usually a time when people consume a lot, buying presents, food and drink, as well as ornamental plants, such as fir trees. People also make more journeys and use more energy in their homes. Follow these ten tips for preventing waste!

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