Hy everyone, we are almost in christmas time in Barcelona (and around the world I know I know…) and we have to get prepared for that time. That’s why we have been thinking to suggest you a few markets and shops where you will find all what you need about christmas decorations and traditions.
Santa Llúcia Christmas Market
From 1786, in front of Barcelona Cathedral happens main stage of Santa Llúcias Market, one of the most popular market from the city. You can find their handmade products and typical elements from Christmas parties. Every year, more than two hundred stands stall the Pla de la Seu and Cathedral Avenue with a big catalog of products.
The market open at the end of November/beginning of December – always before 13th, Santa Lucía, and it stays during Christmas parties.
There are four types of stands, the one that sells a small reproduction of Jesus birth and Christmas decoration. The second one is the Green section, where you can find natural or artificial Christmas trees, moss… In the third sector you will find a lot of handmade products, clothes or jewelry and presents.
And the last one, the musical sector with pumps, tambourines and other Christmas instruments. During the market, you will find shows and activities in relation with Christmas traditions.
Sagrada Familia Christmas Market
The Christmas Market at the Sagrada Familia is held opposite to the Sagrada Familia church since the 60s. Nearly a hundred stalls sell all kinds of figures and elements of ‘Belen’, Christmas trees and plants, gifts and food products and candies. No shortage, of course, of cross stalls and you will find also chestnuts and sweet potato stalls.
The Christmas fair coincides with that of Santa Llúcia, which is celebrated in front of the Cathedral of Barcelona. And this is not a casual event, because the Sagrada Familia fair was created when there was no more space for stalls in Santa Llúcia, and several artisans decided to install them next to Gaudí’s masterpiece.
Käthe Wolfahrt is the Christmas feel turned into a shop, seems like you been travelling in a small German town. Harald Wohlfahrt, the son of the founder, 1964, explains that all started because his father made a music box destined to be a present for an American soldier destined for Germany, from that moment they choose for the traditional handmade products.
What you will find on this Christmas shop?
There is also different big Christmas trees, Wood pyramids-that comes from Bohemia and Sajona metal mountains, cuckoo clocks, nutcracker soldiers of all sizes, and a lot of different decoration for the Christmas tradition. There are like 5.000 products to enjoy the Christmas all year. Seems like the Christmas never ends around the shop, and even if you aren’t a Christmas fan, you should go there to check what we are talking about.
It isn’t the only one Wohlfahrt in Europe, there are also in Belgium, France and EEUU. And of course, when Wohlfahrt realized that this corner shop in Banys Nous Street was available, he didn’t have any doubt to rent the local to show us how to feel the Christmas.
So… christmas time is coming
All this plans are recommended by Barcelona Explorers to you, to let you know how to live the Christmas time in our lovely city. Also, don’t forget that 22nd of November, the Barcelona Christmas light decoration will turn on, it is also a big spectacle that you can not miss.
Here are other tips about christmas time and traditions check it out!
Byyyye bye (ho-ho-ho)