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Christmas in BarcelonaMain events 2017, Christmas Time
12/2017 - 01/06/2018

The festive season in Barcelona is special for many reasons. Firstly there are the traditional elements, like the Christmas markets, particularly the Santa Llúcia one by the cathedral, which has been held since 1786 and is where local families go to buy pieces for their cribs. Talking of which, pessebres (which is what they're called in Catalan) can be seen in places around the city including Plaça Sant Jaume, City Hall and the Reial Monestir de Pedralbes. And "pessebres vivents" feature real people (and animals) acting out the Christmas story – if the chance comes up to see one, for example at Poble Espanyol, don't miss it. On a more modern note, Barcelona is conscious of the need to be environmentally aware at this time of year, and Plaça Catalunya hosts a fair promoting responsible consumption, as well as fun and games for all ages. As the glittering lights brighten the streets at night, why not feast on some roasted chestnuts from one of the stalls around town before enjoying a concert of Christmas music?

"Christmas here is really special. Christmas fairs like Santa Llúcia, live Nativities, fairs promoting responsible eating and beautiful Christmas lights make a Barcelona Christmas well worth experiencing."

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