Commerce and markets

Barcelona’s shops and markets offer everything you need this Christmas, with all the precautions and necessary safety measures in place for the Covid-19 pandemic:  recreational and cultural activities in all districts, installations, Christmas fairs, the Responsible Consumption Fair, the Christmas Festival in Plaça de Catalunya and more. All this, and the chance to enjoy the illuminations and the Christmas atmosphere as you shop in your neighbourhood.

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.

Shopping in the neighbourhood has its reward

If you do your shopping in neighbourhood establishments or the city’s markets this Christmas, you’ll receive ‘Barcelona Commerce Christmas Scratchcards’, with a chance at a string of prizes. In all, 600,000 scratchcards have been distributed, and 20,432 of them have a gift for you!

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!

Christmas Fairs

This Christmas will also see fairs in Barcelona’s streets and squares, but in formats adapted to the safety measures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Enjoy them!

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.

Christmas at the markets

Over the Christmas period, the markets are some of the busiest places in the city. Check out all the activities planned for the festive season, such as workshops and tastings.

Christmas Sounds

Christmas Sounds

This Christmas, we have enjoyed 100 concerts in 50 different locations all over the city. These small concerts were kept a surprise for those out and about in the city’s neighbourhoods, so that ‘The Christmas City’ could be brought to everyone.

Christmas in Plaça de Catalunya

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
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

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