This year’s Christmas activities have been designed to be carried out as safely as possible, by following all the instructions issued by the authorities.
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.
Given the exceptional circumstances due to Covid-19, online booking will be essential this Christmas to take part in person in some of the activities organised by Barcelona City Council.
Please note that the night-time curfew from 10 pm on is still in place. Even so, spectators at cultural events may travel back their home without fear of being fined, provided they can show their ticket confirming their attendance of the show in question. What is more, curfew times for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve will be 1 am, and on Twelfth Night, at 11 on. Consult the COVID-19 website for special measures approved by the health authorities during the Christmas festivities.
As usual, the traditional switching on of the Christmas lights gets the festive season under way. The ceremony to switch this year’s lights on will be held in Plaça Comercial, in El Born, on 26 November. Sol Pico’s dance company will be performing Covinal, a show paying homage to citizens and offering a cry for hope and contained celebration.
Children in the city can rest assured that the coronavirus will not affect the delivery of gifts from the Three Kings. Proof of this can be found a few days before, from 28 December to 5 January, when the royal cargo arrives at the Fòrum and young children will be able to take along their letters detailing their wishes and discover the magic of the Orient in an immersion installation for which advance bookings are needed.
New Year’s Eve
In addition, this year’s New Year’s Eve chimes will also ring out in all city districts, with a decentralised occasion where everybody can eat their lucky grapes at home in a safe and different celebration. After the chimes, a series of fireworks will follow from Montjuïc to bid farewell to 2020. The display will have no audience and will be broadcast live.
Plaça de Catalunya
Plaça de Catalunya will once again be the epicentre for the city’s Christmas programme over twelve days. In the mornings there are family activities, where literature, science, the visual arts and sport all take centre stage. In the afternoons, there will be dance, circus and live music. Street arts follow in the evenings, the universal appeal of Charles Dickens taking the form of life cinema made in Barcelona.
All activities are designed to be carried out in the safest way possible. A booking system will be in place for people to reserve their tickets a few days in advance via the Christmas website, ensuring the traceability of those attending. As with the Three Kings activity at the Fòrum, the rest of municipal activities will also use a booking system and limited capacities, scrupulously complying with the indications established by the health authorities and respecting distances between spectators. In addition, all activities are designed to be carried out respecting the logic of distances, hand washing and face masks. Finally, activities in Plaça de Catalunya will be certified by the Global Safe Site seal, guaranteeing health and safety.
This year’s traditional Christmas fairs, such as the Santa Llúcia, the Sagrada Família and the Fira de Reis [Twelfth Night Fair] on Gran Via, will go ahead. According to the health authorities, such fairs are regarded as comparable to travelling markets and therefore need to meet specific conditions and restrictions for access-point and perimeter controls and customer capacities.