Dates : . December 2018
Hours : 10:30 to 20:30 (holidays till 21:30)
This is probably Barcelona’s most well-known and classic Christmas market. It is very specific to Christmas time, with a large percentage of the stalls selling Christmas trees, decorations and mistletoe. It is also a place to buy your Christmas Caga Tio- a log with a friendly face that is an important part of Catalan Christmases. Barcelona’s Santa Lucia Christmas market begins early in December until Christmas Eve in the Plaza de la Catedral and spreads onto the Placa Nova. There are some impressive nativity scenes dotted around the square and stallholders sell hand carved nativity figures. Another item often seen in Barcelona’s Christmas market are the piñatas in the shape of yuletide logs filled with goodies like sweets and small presents. The city is decorated with lights and ornaments at this time. There is also a section of the market named ‘Artesania’. Within this section there are a wide range of stalls selling various hand-made and artisan products such as jewellery, toys, leather goods and ornaments.
Dates: Begins late November or early December and can be visited until Christmas
Hours: 10:00 to 21:00 ( eves of public holidays 10:00 – 22:00)
This market runs around the gardens outside the Sagrada Familia. It is more spread out than the Fira de Santa Llúcia but it has similar products on offer . As it is smaller than the Fira de Santa Llucia it is not quite as atmospheric. However, sitting at the foot of the Sagrada Familia it makes for an impressive setting and offers the opportunity to see the building and the market in one trip.
This is a small antique market located just off Plaza de Catalunya. It takes place all year round on Thursdays in front of the market (from 10:00 – 21:00 ), however it is overtaken by the Fira de Santa Llúcia during the Christmas period. It is a smaller market, consisting of approximately twenty sellers. Every table is jam packed with a variety of antiques, including jewellery, postcards, ornaments, stamps and ‘curiosities’. The market is on one of Barcelona’s busiest shopping streets and so in the days closest to Christmas it is likely to be very busy.
Dates :– mid-December – 6th January 2019
The Three Kings Fair is also very popular, and sells toys, sweets and presents for young and old alike for the 6th January Epiphany celebrations.
Christmas is also a time when we tend to think more about food and drink as we like to treat our family and friends when they come to visit, but have you ever thought about what foods are traditional in other countries of the world? Why not take a look at the page below and see what other nationalities are cooking up this Christmas. Christmas is also a time for trying out traditional and new ways of cooking meals, cakes, snacks…….. the list goes on, here we have a selection of Christmas recipes from around the world for you to take a look at, and maybe try out … and if you have a special recipe that you would like to share with the world, then you can send it in to us for others to try out to World-wide Christmas Recipes. Who are the most important people at Christmas? yes, of course, its the CHILDREN and we have not left them out, there is a page packed full of Christmas activities to keep them busy ( and Mums everywhere heave a sigh of relief ! ) … take a look at this page and download the information Children’s Christmas page Read about the Christmas Customs and Traditions of the nations of the world and how they differ, or are maybe the same as, ours. … What is the feast of the “Epiphany” or that of “St Lucia“ which countries are these important too? See here the origins of the most beautiful of all the Christmas Carols “Silent Night“, where it came from, who wrote it and listen to the song itself ( look to see which very famous person is singing it!) Have a look at the main Christmas page and see who Father Christmas is, where did he come from, where is he now, and who is St Nicolaus? Send him a letter from the children, browse through some Christmas Market Tours or listen to a new Christmas song on the page there is so much to see and read, so why not do it !! For those of you who want to travel a little further than the local shops this year have a look at Father Christmas in Lapland or maybe (the ultimate treat for Mums – Dads take note ! ) Shopping in New York we have it all right here for you. As Christmas approaches we also think of snow and with that thought comes skiing, skating, sledging and all manner of “Fun in the Snow” things to do which will last for weeks after Christmas time has been and gone. Around Europe there are many places to visit where you can enjoy the winter activities, whether it is before, during or after Christmas. Below you will find a sample of activities and places to look at which you may find will interest or even surprise you. Please take time to have a look.
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