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.