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  • Christmas Fair at Sagrada Família

    Christmas Fair at Sagrada Família

    Following the Catalan tradition of stands devoted to the Christmas holidays, the fair of the Sagrada Família offers many types of complements, from figures and accessories for the traditional nativity scenes to Christmas trees and various decorations. The handicrafts from different countries and by different artists also stand out. The festive atmosphere around this characteristic area of Barcelona is complemented with stands of craft foods such as torrons, cheeses, cold meats, sweets and chestnuts. This year la Fira will take place with all the health and social-distancing measures in place to guarantee the maximum safety at all its venues.

  • Christmas Concert by the Barcelona Accordion Chamber Orchestra OCAB

    Christmas Concert by the Barcelona Accordion Chamber Orchestra OCAB

    The Barcelona Accordion Chamber Orchestra -OCAB- is one of the leading exponents of this genre. Founded by Pepita Sellés in 1948, it was one of the first chromatic button accordions orchestras in Spain. Since then it has achieved notable successes and is considered one of the most prestigious and exceptional orchestras. On Christmas, you will be able to enjoy one of its concerts at the Auditori de Barcelona featuring compositions by Brahms, Strauss, Piazzola, Morricone, and much more.

  • El petit Príncep The Little Prince

    El petit Príncep The Little Prince

    This is the eight year that this wonderful production designed by Àngel Llácer and Manu Guix is being staged. The incredible story created by Antoine Saint-Exupéry has been turned into a spectacular stage production with screenings for every scene, 360º surround sound and songs that will touch the heartstrings of the whole family. This heart-warming story of the little boy who travels from the asteroid B612 to the earth and a series of characters each more captivating than the last will thrill your children this Christmas. The show is performed in Catalan.

  • Christmas Swimming Cup

    Christmas Swimming Cup

    On Christmas Day, for more than 100 years, takes place this event organized by the Club Natació Barcelona. The competition, the oldest in the entire Spanish territory, is a 200 meters open water swimming race across the Port of Barcelona.

  • First swim of the year

    First swim of the year

    Who mentioned cold? In Barcelona there is no need to wait for summer to have a dip in the sea on the San Sebastian beach: the date is on 1 January at 12 noon. The event is organised by the Club Natació Atlètic Barceloneta. All who dares to participate will be a diploma to prove their boldness. Are you up for it?

  • Christmas in Barcelona

    Christmas in Barcelona

    The Christmas 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 figures for their cribs. Talking of which, pessebres (which is what cribs are called in Catalan) can be seen in places around the city including Plaça Sant Jaume, Frederic Marès Museum and the Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes. And pessebres vivents ('living nativity scenes') 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?

  • Tribute to John Williams

    Tribute to John Williams

    "Star Wars", "Jaws", "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", "E.T", "Superman"…. it is impossible to think about these films without their soundtracks coming to mind. All of them and many more have the same "father": John Williams. He was the architect of all these energetic and lively pieces which have accompanied so many moments in our lives. The Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès conducted by Rubén Gimeno will perform some of William's most famous compositions such as "The Patriot", "Jurassic Park" and "Harry Potter" for Christmas.

  • Fira de Santa Llúcia

    Fira de Santa Llúcia

    La Fira de Santa Llúcia is a street market which has been held since at least 1786 in front of the Cathedral around Christmas time. You will find Christmas trees on sale there, as well as baubles, wreaths and mistletoe. However, the main attraction of this fair are the pieces used to set up the nativity scene: figurines, moss, the manger, fountains and the ineffable "caganer" that surprises us every year with new incarnations. During the Fair, there will be lots of activities and shows related to Christmas to enjoy, a tió gigante (giant man), dances and musical performances.

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

    A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

    The Amics de la Unió Children's Choir together with the Symphonic Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the soprano Ana San Martín and the Tenor Albert Mora will convey to us all the depth of Charles Dickens's famous tale "A Christmas Carol". The ghost of Christmas past, present and future visits Scrooge and forces him to reconsider the type of life he is leading. This is a very special concert with the music composed by Albert Guinovart and the "Arte con Arena" poems by Borja González.

  • Festival of Waltzes and Dances

    Festival of Waltzes and Dances

    Within the "Symphonic Concerts at the Palau" Series planned by the Palau de la Música Catalana, the "Festival of Waltzes and Dances" by the Vallès Symphonic Orchestra really stands out. This prestigious orchestra will perform pieces by Strauss, Liszt, Dvorák and Offenbach. A concert that will evoke the waltzes and dances that were the soundtrack to the 19th century.

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