Right after the Halloween holidays, the Christmas spirit starts to invade us, with stores putting up the decorations and offering the traditional seasonal sweets. At the same time, the street lights are hanging, waiting to lighten up the cold winter nights. Some people think every year comes earlier and should go one holiday at a time. If you love the most magical season of the year, you’re probably in the best city to spend this year’s holidays. Poble Espanyol will become a giant advent calendar to make this year’s the most magical Christmas of all!
Besides the traditional delicious sweets like turrones y neules, this city is much more than just eating delicatessen. If you’re planning to spend Christmas away from home and haven’t decided where to yet, keep reading and we hope to inspire you, visit Barcelona and stay in our boutique hotel in the heart of Barcelona’s trendiest neighborhood.
The Christmas spirit will invade the streets of Poble Espanyol with happiness and joy, and you will embark on a magical journey, going through 24 themed spaces related to the nativity scenes. The whole place is decorated with a Christmas atmosphere for you to live the spirit of this holiday. Kids will even have the chance to personally hand their present wishes letters to Santa followed by the Three Majesties, Three Wise Kings.
There will be space for art and culture in the Poble, with live performances by gospel and swing groups as well the YU show, a show that features acrobatic dance, theatre, and magic performed by young teenage talents. And for the second year in a row, the 2nd edition of Rock & Kids, a rock festival performing songs from the greatest bands of all time for the youngest generation.
Other important events and Christmas sites
Traditional Christmas markets, also known as “Firas”.
- Fira de Santa Llúcia. This is the oldest market in Barcelona, and perhaps the most magical due to its location in the center of the gothic quarter, right in front of the Cathedral Square. Here you will find Christmas trees, Christmas plants, decorations, and figures of the nativity scenes, alongside sweets and handicrafts .
- Fira de Nadal Sagrada Familia. Located in front of the Sagrada Familia Passion Façade, you can opt to stroll in this market if you find Santa Llúcia too packed for you, since you may find almost the same things, including delicious traditional sweets.
- Festivalet: Festivalet is also a Fira but made from independent designers and crafts artists with one main motto: sustainability and zero-waste local crafts products.
Christmas lights and decorations
If there is something that lights up the city is Christmas lights, and this year most streets have suffered a renovation on its lights design, so even if you have seen Barcelona lightened up before, this year will be different and more modern than before. There are also some Christmas trees distributed through Barcelona that help the city to shine with its own light.
Some iconic buildings also dress up for the occasion, such as Casa Batlló or Casa Milà from Gaudí. Anxious to find out what this year’s lights will be like? Even though we have fewer restrictions this year compared with last year, we still recommend you to check that Barcelona’s holiday schedule will be occurring as normal before you travel. We encourage you to explore as well the neighborhood and what is nearby Poble Espanyol, the Montjuïc area. We hope you enjoy this Christmas at Poble Espanyol and your stay at our beautiful boutique hotel nearby, at Avinguda Parallel!