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A Review of Barcelona's Christmas Markets

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Typical Caga Tios
Typical Caga Tios
Having spent the weeks prior to Christmas wandering amongst its streets, it is clear that Barcelona has a lot to offer at this time of year. The old buildings, narrow streets of the old town and friendly atmosphere make it a great winter destination. The beautiful and plentiful squares are also generally filled with various markets, offering a great place to stroll around as well as some useful products.


Fira de Santa Llúcia Christmas Market

Fira de Santa Llúcia
Fira de Santa Llúcia

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 Tió- a log with a friendly face that is an important part of Catalan Christmases (please see our Guide to Spanish Christmas Traditions for more details).

It is a very Spanish market and does not have the typically German feel that a lot of Christmas markets tend to have. The authenticity is great but the lack of gluwein (mulled wine) and bratwurst (German style hot dog) may come as a disappointment.

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.

Even if you have no purchases to make this is an essential part of any Christmas trip to Barcelona. Apart from the Artesania section, the stalls are very similar and more expensive than less touristy outlets. However, there is an undeniably Christmas feel to the market - particularly in the evening, when the lights of the market glisten against the backdrop of the impressive Cathedral that it sits in front of.

Fira de Santa Llúcia
Plaza de la Seu (outside Barcelona Cathedral)
08002 Barcelona, España

metro Metro: Jaume 1 (Yellow Line, L4)

What's on Offer: Christmas Decorations and Crafts


Christmas Market: Fira de Nadal a la Sagrada Familia

Fira de Nadal a la Sagrada Familia
Fira de Nadal a la Sagrada Familia

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 (see above). 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.

Fira de Nadal a la Sagrada Familia
Plaza de la Sagrada Familia, 1
08013 Barcelona, España

metro Metro: Sagrada Familia (Blue Line, L5) and ( Purple Line, L2)

What's on Offer: Christmas Decorations and Crafts


Mercat Gòtic (Fira de Brocanters) Christmas Market

Mercat Gòtic (Fira de Brocanters)
Mercat Gòtic (Fira de Brocanters)

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 (see above) 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'. Some of the antiques are quite highly priced, suggesting that this is a serious antique collector's market. However, if you enjoy a root-around, there are definitely more affordable options available.

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. Some real determination may be necessary to get to the tables.

Mercat Gòtic (Fira de Brocanters)
Avenida Portal de l'Angel, 37

metro Metro: Catalunya (Green Line, L3)

What's on Offer: Antiques


Col.lectiu d'Artesans de l'Alimentació

Col.lectiu d'Artesans de l'Alimentació
Col.lectiu d'Artesans de l'Alimentació

This is another market that is available all year round, but with a far greater frequency during the Christmas period. It is a delightful experience, in the small square, overlooked by the Church Santa Maria del Pi. There are around twenty stalls selling honey, chocolates, cheeses, pâtés, herbs, wines and cakes. There is a friendly atmosphere between the traders and with the customers. Prices are fair considering the central location and high percentage of tourists.


tip If you're feeling slightly peckish during your shopping trip, it could be worth a visit to this market. Practically every stall offers tasters of what is on offer! This is always useful when deciding whether you would like to make a purchase.


Col.lectiu d'Artesans de l'Alimentació
Plaça del Pi

metro Metro: Liceu (Green Line, L3)

What's on Offer: Local Produce


Mostra d'Artesans de la Ribera

Mostra d'Artesans de la Ribera
Mostra d'Artesans de la Ribera

This is a craft market in the Born area. It is small but it is worth a visit due to its location. The Born area in general is good for shopping, with many boutiques and independent shops and is also very pretty during the Christmas period, with dim lights and narrow streets.

The market itself offers classy products such as hand-made jewellery, scarves and ornaments.

Mostra d'Artesans de la Ribera
Carrer de l'Argenteria, 4

metro Metro: Jaume 1 (Yellow Line, L4)

What's on Offer: Crafts

Each year we will provide details of what will be happening in Barcelona in the run up to Christmas and New Year. Alternatively, you can keep an eye on the Official Barcelona Town Council Website as they will publish details of the Christmas markets at some point over the Christmas period.


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