Nov 13 2014

December in Barcelona – the colder it gets the closer Santa is

It is getting colder in Barcelona. And you don't believe it, but even in this city there is a cold winter.

Maybe it isn't as cold as it is in other countries. But it feels cold to the people here because they are not used to it. What I actually want to say is, the fact that it's getting colder means that Christmas season is on the agenda again. And this is actually one of the best seasons of the year!

In December, Barcelona will be full of events again. We recommend you a mix out of Christmas and other events. Have a look at all the information below.

barcelona world race

Barcelona World Race

During the Christmas season it is difficult to escape from all this Christmas stuff. But Barcelona offers more than Christmas events. In the following you can find some really interesting events in December which have nothing to do with Christmas at all.

Shopping Night
The dream of all women becomes true on December 4: Shopping at night until 1 o'clock in the morning! On the big Shopping street Passeig de Gracia, most boutiques, stores as well as restaurants and bars will stay open until 1 o'clock in the morning. Don't miss it, and go shopping!

Buff Epic Run
On Sunday the 21st December, Barcelona's whackiest run takes place starting at Castle Montjuic.This annual run is always held a couple of  days before Christmas.The participants have to dress themselves as funny as they can. Instead of being the fastest runner, the aim of this run is to wear the best costume.

Barcelona World Race
The third edition of this yacht race going around the world starts on December 31 at the Port of Barcelona. All two person-crews are expected to return to the port in March 2015 after sailing about 25.000 nautical miles. The start of this race will be a fantastic event, don't miss it! 

And last but not least, Elton John is coming to Barcelona on December 6. His concert will take place at Palau Sant Jordi. 

Now, it's getting important for all you Christmas-lovers. The Pre-Christmas season in Barcelona offers a wide range of activities and events. As usual, you will find all Christmas stuff you are looking for. 
The Pre-Christmas season in Barcelona starts officially every year when the mayor of the city turns the Christmas lights on in the end of November. There are more than 390 locations where you can enjoy the lights. A special Christmas light show will be held every Friday and Saturday in December at the Magic Fountain. The show starts usually at 7pm and lasts until 9pm.  

caga tió

Christmas Markets
The biggest Christmas Market will be at Avenida De la Cathedrale, right in front of the Cathedrale of Barcelona in the Gotic area. It is called Fira de Santa Llúcia. Other nice Christmas markets can you find at following places:

  • - Fira de Nadal a la Sagrada Familia – at the Sagrada Familia church

- Fira de Reis a la Gran Via – at the Street Gran Via

- Fira de Nadal – at Plaça de Sants
 

Caga Tió

Ice Skating
There will be a huge Ice skating rink at Plaza Catalunya. The rink with 40m by 30m is the biggest outdoor Ice skating rink in Europe. There is room for up to 400 skaters. You shouldn't miss this! 

Christmas concerts
Alabama Gospel Choir – 20 voices will perform this fantastic show at Palau de la Musica Catalana on December 20. Book your ticket for this Gospel choir concert soon!
Händel's Messiah – Händels most famous creation will be performed by the Orquestra Barroca Catalana and the Cor Lieder Camera from 17-19th December at Santa Maria Del Mar. The show always starts at 9pm. Don't miss it!
Christmas Concert – This is a concert for children and adults from every age. It takes place on December 21 (11am) at Gran Teatre del Liceu. 

During your days in Pre-Christmas Barcelona, you will often see logs with friendly faces wearing the traditional red Catalan hat. They are called "Caga Tió" which means 'Poo Log'. It is a Catalan tradition that children observe every day between December 8 and Christmas eve after "Caga Tio". On Christmas eve, they sing a song while they threaten him, if he doesn't poo nice things for them, they hit him with a stick. In the end, the children find a lot of sweet things in the log.

As I mentioned before, December in Barcelona offers a lot. So, come to the city, and enjoy the Pre-Christmas season in a new way!
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Miro 142 Apartment, roof terrace

 

© image Barcelona World Race: Estrella Damm (flickr)

© image Caga Tió: Ajuntament Barcelona (flickr)  

 

 

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