Q: Could you please tell me if Barcelona has any Christmas lights / markets etc. during December?
A: There are many activities on in Barcelona during the Christmas period. Although there are Christmas lights in some of the streets like Carrer Ferran and Portal de l'Angel and on La Rambla they are nothing to write home about. El Corte Inglés (large department store) in Plaça de Catalunya entrance has an impressive display of lights each year. I have included a link to a few photos of the Christmas lights below.
In terms of markets in the weeks leading up to Christmas there are little market stalls all around the Cathedral selling Christmas items and gifts. These stalls pop up like mushrooms all around this area at Christmas time and add a real sense of Christmas to the whole city centre.
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Another popular location to visit during Christmas is Plaça de St Jaume square where you will find a nativity display each year at Christmas. This is a large and popular display and can be quite large taking up a good section of the square itself.
Here are a few links to articles we have written on Christmas lights and markets:
For general articles on Barcelona and Christmas I recommend you visit the following links:
Hotels offering Cheap rooms during Christmas and New Year's in Barcelona
Overview to Christmas in Barcelona
Christmas Cultural Traditions in Barcelona - interview with local Catalan family in Barcelona about Christmas.
Night Clubs Open For New Year's - Popular Barcelona Night Clubs offering New Year events.
Nativity displays in Barcelona city centre - See where the Nativities are and what they have to offer.
Christmas family activities in Barcelona - Activities for families in Barcelona during Christmas and new year's.
Feast of the Immaculate conception Outline to the feast of the Immaculate conception - find out what's on.
Main attractions opening hours - Links to the official websites for the main Barcelona attractions.
Official holidays in Barcelona - List of official and public holidays in Barcelona.
Restaurants open during Christmas in Barcelona - Find out which restaurants keeps their doors open during the festive season.