The Fira de Santa Llúcia is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Barcelona dating back to 1786. This is probably Barcelona’s most well-known and classic Christmas market and it’s located on and around Avinguda de la Catedral. 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. You can also buy figurines, including many models of that infamous Catalan Christmas character, the caganer (crapper), to make your own Nativity scene.
There is also a section of the market named ‘Artesania‘ (crafts) with a wide range of stalls selling various hand-made and artisan products such as jewelry, toys, leather goods and ornaments.
It is a very Catalan 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.
WHEN?: From the end of November to the 23rd of December.
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