Best Christmas Markets in Barcelona: dates, location and activities

Os melhores mercados de Natal em Barcelona.
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2024-01-25

Here’s everything you need to know about the Christmas Markets in Barcelona, Catalonia.

I recently returned to Barcelona to explore the Christmas markets, and I must say I highly recommend visiting this fantastic city during the holiday season.

To help you make the most of what Barcelona has to offer this Christmas, I’ve gathered all the information you need in this article.

You’ll find the opening dates of each Christmas market, their locations, and the main attractions at each market.

I’ve also included suggestions on what to do in Barcelona during Christmas, accommodation tips, and other information that I believe you’ll find useful.

In short, you’ll find everything about the Christmas Markets in Barcelona here. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, feel free to send me a message!

Best Christmas Markets in Barcelona

Mercado de Natal da Catedral de Barcelona.
Christmas Market at Barcelona Cathedral.

First and foremost, you should know that there are several Christmas markets in Barcelona, with the largest and most well-known being Fira de Santa Llúcia, Fira de la Sagrada Família, Port Vell’s Christmas Fair, and Fira de Reis.

In addition to these, you’ll find smaller markets scattered throughout the city with a handful of stalls, and they are also very charming.

By the way, I made a point to visit the markets during the day and at night, and I can say that after dark, the markets become even more beautiful! The downside is that they tend to be more crowded.

Fira de Santa Llúcia, the Christmas Market at Barcelona Cathedral

Fira de Santa Llúcia, mercado de Natal no centro de Barcelona.
Fira de Santa Llúcia, Christmas market in the center of Barcelona.

The Santa Llúcia market is the oldest in Barcelona, dating back to 1786! It has the advantage of being located in the city center, in the heart of the old town.

This is the perfect market for those looking for Christmas decorations, as a large portion of the 300 stalls displays various Christmas ornaments. From garlands, Santa Claus figurines, and other festive items to traditional caganers.

Dates: November 24 to December 23, 2023.

Location: Pla de la Seu, s/n, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona, Spain.

Admission: Free.

Fira de la Sagrada Familia, the Christmas Market at Sagrada Familia

Mercado de Natal na Sagrada Família, em Barcelona.
Christmas Market at Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona.

The Christmas market at Sagrada Familia takes place in the square in front of Sagrada Familia since 1963.

It has a mix of stalls with decorations and Christmas trees for sale, as well as others with sweets and roasted chestnuts. There is also an area reserved for families with children, featuring activities for the little ones.

Dates: November 24 to December 23, 2023.

Location: C/ de Mallorca, 401, L’Eixample, 08013 Barcelona, Spain.

Entrance: free.

Nadal al Port, the Christmas Market at the port of Barcelona

Nadal al Port em Barcelona.
Nadal al Port in Barcelona.

The Christmas market at the port of Barcelona (Port Vell), locally known as Nadal al Port del Moll de la Fusta, is one of the largest in the city, covering an area of about 5,000 m2.

In addition to numerous stalls offering Christmas decorations, crafts, and food, it features the largest Christmas tree in Catalonia, standing at 31 meters, a carousel, roller coaster, and a floating nativity scene.

Dates: December 5, 2023, to January 7, 2024.

Location: Port Vell, the port of Barcelona.

Admission: Free.

Fira de Reis, the Christmas market on Gran Vía

Fira de Reis em Barcelona.
Fira de Reis, in Barcelona.

Do you want to discover Catalan craftsmanship? Then, this Christmas market is for you! You’ll find stalls with toys, clothes, jewelry, and home decor pieces. There are also food stalls if you want to take a snack break.

Dates: December 19, 2023, to January 6, 2024.

Location: on Gran Vía de Les Corts Catalanes.

Entrance: free.

Best Things to Do in Barcelona for Christmas

Seeing the Christmas lights in Barcelona

Luzes de Natal em Barcelona.
Christmas Lights in Barcelona.

The inauguration of the Christmas lights in Barcelona took place on November 23, and since then, they have become one of the most sought-after tourist attractions in the city.

The streets with Christmas lights in Barcelona that I liked the most include:

  • Passeig de Gràcia
  • La Plaça España
  • Ronda de Sant Pere
  • Plaça Catalunya

Keep in mind that there are more than 4 km of illuminated streets during Christmas, so be prepared to walk quite a bit with your head up!

Alternatively, you can explore the Christmas lights in Barcelona by tuk tuk!

Exploring the Christmas Nativity scenes, or ‘Belén’

Belén, os presépios de Natal em Barcelona.
Belen, the Christmas nativity scenes in Barcelona.

Spain has a strong tradition of Christmas nativity scenes, and in Barcelona, it’s no different.

Several institutions dedicate themselves wholeheartedly each year to preparing these detailed nativity scenes.

And it’s not just in churches that you’ll see Christmas nativity scenes! From what I gathered, the most interesting one is the living nativity scene in Poble Espanyol, but I didn’t have the opportunity to see it.

In addition to this, the nativity scenes at the cathedral, Plaça de Sant Jaume, City Hall, and the Frederic Marès Museum are usually the most sought after.

Having a family photo session

I bet you weren’t expecting this suggestion, but if you often complain about not having beautiful family photos, take advantage of your trip to Barcelona to build a good collection of them.

This photo photo tour is suitable for groups of up to 8 people who want to have photos taken in Barcelona by a professional photographer.

Hotels near the Christmas Markets in Barcelona

Hotel Teatre Auditori Barcelona.
Hotel Teatre Auditori Barcelona.

When choosing accommodation in Barcelona to visit the Christmas markets, it’s essential to consider their locations.

The main Christmas markets are situated in different neighborhoods in Barcelona.

I stayed at SM Hotel Teatre Auditori Barcelona (3 stars) in the Eixample district, about a 15-minute walk from the Sagrada Família, and I highly recommend it. It’s a modern hotel with an excellent breakfast and a good value for money.

However, if you prefer to stay in the center of Barcelona, my suggestion is Hotel Rialto (3 stars) in the heart of Ciutat Vella, about a 5-minute walk from Barcelona Cathedral.

And if none of these recommendations appeals to you, then explore the map of hotels in Barcelona.

Everything You Need to Know About the Christmas Markets in Barcelona, Spain

What is the most popular Christmas Market in Barcelona?

Caganers na Fira de Santa Llúcia.
Caganers at Fira de Santa Llúcia.

The most popular Christmas Market in Barcelona is Fira de Santa Llúcia, located near the Barcelona Cathedral.

It is the oldest market in the city, and its central location makes it very easy to visit.

However, I believe that in the coming years, the newer Christmas market at the Port of Barcelona will become the most visited in the city.

When do the Christmas Markets start in Barcelona?

Natal nas Ramblas.
Christmas at Ramblas, Barcelona.

The Christmas markets in Barcelona start at the end of November and run until early January, from November 24, 2023, to January 7, 2024.

For your convenience, I’ve provided the start and end dates of each Christmas market in Barcelona throughout this article, so you just need to check the mentioned dates.

What are the main Christmas events in Barcelona?

Banca com decorações de Natal, nos mercados de Barcelona.
Christmas decorations for sale at the markets in Barcelona.

Barcelona is an amazing city at any time of the year, and Christmas is no exception!

This means that in addition to the Christmas markets, you can see the lights and decorations on the streets of Barcelona, as well as the shop windows with beautiful decorations.

There are also music concerts and nativity scenes exhibited throughout the city.

In other words, there’s a lot to see and do in Barcelona at this time of year!

Also, check out: Best Things to Do in Barcelona, a guide for two or three incredible days in the capital of Catalonia.

The Christmas Markets in Barcelona are safe?

Mercados de Natal em Barcelona durante a noite.
Christmas Markets in Barcelona during the night.

I believe the Christmas markets in Barcelona are quite safe since there is usually policing in the area.

Therefore, if you take basic safety precautions while traveling, you should have no problem.

However, I consider it super important to travel with appropriate travel insurance, which allows you to access healthcare in case of an emergency.

I use IATI insurance because I believe they are quite comprehensive and have very affordable prices. Besides, they offer great customer service, and there is no upfront payment in case the insurance is activated.

In other words, there is no need to make a payment on the spot and then request a refund.

Get your travel insurance (European Countries | Rest of The World).

How is the weather in Barcelona at Christmas?

Mercat la Boquería no Natal.
Mercat la Boquería at Natal.

The days in Barcelona at the end of November and December are usually pleasant, considering it’s European winter.

So, expect average temperatures of 9º-14º, which drop considerably at night. Therefore, my suggestion is to bring a jacket for the evening outings, but during the day, you don’t need extreme warm clothing.

Final tips to make the most of the Christmas Markets in Barcelona

  • Check the opening hours of the markets to avoid arriving and finding them closed.
  • Dress warmly as November and December days are usually mild, but nights can be cold.
  • Leave some space in your luggage for gifts and Christmas decorations, as you may want to take everything home.
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