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The city bursts into style once more with a new edition of its key fashion event, 080. Held twice a year, it's an excellent showcase for Barcelona's extensive pool of creatives who make clothes and accessories. The first gathering of 2017 will focus on the autumn-winter 2017/18 season, giving you the chance to see what local designers believe will be the essential, cutting-edge looks for when the weather once more turns cool. What makes 080 such a singular event is the way that fresh faces rub shoulders with internationally established brands, giving audiences the chance to get a feel for a whole spectrum of style, trends and concepts. So whether you're an aficionado of Catalan labels like Mango, Custo Barcelona and Desigual, you've already discovered classic names such as Josep Abril, Sita Murt and Antonio Miro, or like seeking out exciting fashion school graduates and the hottest young creatives, you're guaranteed to find fashion to love at 080.
"A showcase for all the coming styles, trends and concepts. It doesn't matter if you wear labels by Catalan designers or buy leading international brands, you'll love the creations by young designers. Now I'm a bit more of a fashion lover."
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."
Barcelona is renowned as a great place to shop, increasingly more committed to sustainability and the trading of local produce. A variety of places to buy make up the city's unique identity, so it's a great choice for getting those all-important Christmas gifts. 'Barcelona Shopping City' offers the chance to walk around seeing the history and architecture while discovering neighbourhood commercial areas and markets that have local, Mediterranean and artisanal products, as well as shopping centres and department stores that bring together numerous international brands under one roof. During the 'Barcelona Christmas Shopping' period, you'll find everything from unique, traditional objects made in Catalonia to exclusive national and international labels, as well as a huge range of festive food, traditions and special activities to enjoy. In early December, Barcelona Shopping Night sees the shops and restaurants of Passeig de Gràcia and the surrounding streets open late into the night.
"It's a really tempting prospect to do some shopping in areas of the city where you can enjoy the majestic architecture and history of Barcelona, while you discover shopping quarters with distinctive local shops and markets selling local produce. You're sure to find everything you're looking for."
Hope, good wishes and gifts will invade Poble Espanyol on Christmas. The premises will be turned into an impressive themed space unlike any other in the city, where you can also come to witness and experience some of the most deeply rooted Catalan traditions, such as the live nativity scenes or participate in the typical Catalan tradition of making the Tió wood log "poo-out" the presents. Streets full of Christmas decorations and music, a market where you can buy gifts and food, performances, children's workshops and two very special trees: the wish tree and the pacifier tree.
However, the most highly anticipated moment will be the visit of Santa Claus and Their Majesties the Three Kings of the East, where children will be able to give them their letter and try to convince those characters that they have been good during the year and that Santa and the Kings should bring them what they've asked for.
The Plaça de Catalunya is once again an area of celebration and participation during the Christmas festivals.
From 22 December to 4 January, the square will be filled with performances, fairs, sports activities for all ages, art and urban activities for young people, plus children's activities.
3rd Responsible Consumption, Social Economy and Solidarity Fair
The annual event with initiatives to promote responsible consumption and local produce. Over 60 entities and companies offering a wide range of food, clothing, culture and health.
From 22/12 to 4/1, from 11 am to 9 pm. (Closed on 25 and 26/12 and 1/1).
On step of a sparrow, a performance by the Ingravidolles
7 spheres, 7 characters, who everyday explain how they feel and experience Christmas. The Christmas spirit, the fog machine, Domeny, La Fava, La Lua, the man with endless reasoning and Els Altres, are the Ingravidolles. They are at the Plaça Catalunya every day to make you feel the sensation of being inside a bubble because Christmas is coming.
Entertainment and sports activities
A set of theme activities for all the family, including games, street art and sport.
22, 23, 24 and 27/12: shows on the street stage and games in the center of the Plaça Catalunya.
28 and 29/12: sports workshops and exhibitions in the center of the square, from 11 am to 6 pm.
30 and 31/12: workshops and performances for children. Breakdance, Hip Hop and Sketchbooking with young artists from civic centers and youth associations of the city.
The page Estel and the page Omar
The pages of their Majesties the Three Kings of the Orient, will be welcoming all the children who want to deliver their letters in person.
Del 2 al 4 de gener, d'11 a 14 (Estel) i de 16 a 20:30 (Omar).
Prices and long hours to shop and eat… and to work! Get an insight into the routine and the way people live in Barcelona.
Get ready for two days of intensive sightseeing which will be full of surprises. Here's an itinerary designed to help you pack as much as possible into 48 hours in the city.
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