The Christmas season is very much upon us, meaning the time has come for us all to once again spend all our free time hunting down Christmas presents in shop, make an effort to see family you have not see all year, and drink cheap booze with coworkers at office parties. Luckily for all those of you who find yourself in Barcelona this holiday season, the city has much to offer those wishing to indulge in the Christmas spirit, and the best place to get festive is, of course, in one of the city’s many Christmas markets.
Barcelona, being the large bustling city it is, is home to several different Christmas markets once the season hits. The largest outdoor market by far is the Fira de Santa Llucia. This year will mark its 226th anniversary – the market first opened its gates to Christmas shoppers all the way back in 1786! It is also the best place to find all your Christmas necessities – from gifts, to household decor, Christmas trees, and Christmas tree decorations. In 2013 the market opened on November 30th and will carry on daily from 10:00 to 20:30 until December 23rd. If you are in the market for gifts, head on over to the Artisania section where you will find a wide variety of hand-made gift selections such as jewelry, toys, and ornaments.
If you are in the market for artisan produce more so than the standard Christmas decorations, head on over to Col.lectiu d’Artesans de l’Alimentació. This Christmas market is found in the Santa Maria del Pi, and is comprised of around twenty or so stalls selling items like chocolate, honey, cheese, pate, wine, pastry and herbs. It is a great place to stock up on Christmas goodies, as well as gifts for the foodies in your life.
The Sagrada Familia Christmas Market is another traditional Christmas market. It consists of around 120 stalls all clustered around La Sagrada Familia until December 24th. It is a particularly kid friendly market as Santa Claus himself shows up on a couple of Saturdays to collect letters from children in return for balloons and sweet treats.
Finally, there is the Fira de Brocanters which is an antiques market. Open from 10:00 until 21:00 during the weeks preceding Christmas, this market is slightly cosier and more intimate than the others and is rich in antiques ranging from jewelry to postcards, stamps, ornaments, and other interesting artifacts.