Christmas parties are about to start. The streets are already decorated with lights and the classic tradition of finding and buying the most special gifts approaches. With the upcoming holidays, Christmas markets in Barcelona are also launching, which not only serve the desire to buy, but also constitute a lovely family visit.
The main Christmas market in Barcelona is the Santa Lucía Fair, held between November 25th and December 23rd in the surroundings of the Cathedral. It is the oldest fair that goes back to 1786, when the parishioners left the Cathedral and started buying cribs and figurines of the Nativity scene. Today, it has expanded considerably, with almost 300 stalls in which not only many christmas products are offered, but also lots of handmade gifts such as clothing and custom jewelery are sold.
Something less old, but also with a long tradition, is the Feria de Reyes de la Gran Vía. This market has been established since 1877, although at that time only toys and candies were sold and consisted of just 18 stalls. Currently, there are almost 200 stalls, which are mainly engaged in crafts and gift items. It is practically the continuation of the previous fair, since it begins on December 21st and stays until the Twelfth Night, ending at 3 in the morning on that day.
Santa Llúcia Market Barcelona by Getty
In addition to the above markets, there is another traditional market in Barcelona, called Feria de Navidad de la Sagrada Familia. This market was opened in the 60s and is less crowded and more recent than the previous two. The flea market, which takes place before the impressive Gaudí building between November 25th and December 23rd, features nearly 100 stalls dedicated to selling plants and Christmas trees, as well as Bethlehem figures, Christmas sweets, jewellery and handicraft products.
However, during these very special days, the traditional markets are not the only ones celebrated in Barcelona. There are others that are much more modern, but equally interesting to know and explore, such as the Palo Alto Market in Poblenou, a modern market with unique designer items. This market takes place on 17th and 18th December.
On 10th and 11th December, El Festivalet comes to life. This is an independent fair in Museu Maritim de Barcelona at its 9th edition featuring manufactured products with more than 100 exhibitors.
At the Enric Miralles Foundation, during the 17th and 18th of December, the fifth edition of Fantàstic Barcelona is celebrated. It gathers up to 40 fashion stores and other miscellaneous items, in an exhibition organised by creators who sell their products on the Etsy website.