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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.
The Festival de la Infància organized in the Fira de Montjuïc enclosure is an unavoidable event for children. An explosion of imagination, enjoyment and colour where they can do all kinds of activities, from workshops and craft to sports and musical performances for all the family to enjoy. Educational workshops, games, interactive and innovative activities… enjoyment is never-ending at this Fair, one of the most long awaited events of Christmas for children.
With the Messiah, Handel moved away from his other oratorios, which were of a clear Italian influence, to embrace ancient passions and German cantatas. Composed in London in 1741 in just three weeks, the Messiah has traditionally been linked with Christmas, although the oratorio really runs through the life of Jesus. This month of December, the Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar will be the wonderful setting of this magnificent work, by the Polifònica de Puig-Reig and the Orchestre Joficat.
Carlos Núñez is pretty much a standard at the Mil·lenni Festival. The Galician bagpiper has managed to make his concerts both traditional and full of surprises. He has always invited top-level guests such as Roger Hodgson or Serrat to showcase the different aspects of Celtic, Irish, Breton and Galician music.
This is a unique opportunity to enjoy and be amazed by bagpipe-playing traditions at the most festive concert of the year!
This Christmas, from November 25 to January 5, you can enjoy the magic of ice skating at the Parc d'Atraccions del Tibidabo with the synthetic, sustainable, outdoor ice skating rink located in Plaça dels Somnis.
The streets of Barcelona welcome Christmas with light and colour. From November, the Christmas spirit will light up until January. The motifs of the lighting are different and varied: you will find traditional lights and also highly innovative compositions which invite you to experience and enjoy what the city is planning for these festivities.
This year's eagerly awaited Christmas lights ceremony will take place on the central Passeig de Gràcia, celebrating the bicentennial of this iconic modernist artery of the city. The event will be opened by Obskené, who will be presenting it's show "Astronòmica".
The Tibidabo Amusement Park is considered one of Barcelona's most iconic landmarks. Located at one of the highest points of the city, it has been and continues to be a place of pilgrimage for families due to its varied leisure and educational possibilities.
There is something here to appeal to every member of the family. The fact that historical attractions are combined with the most up-to-date makes the Park an emotion-packed location with the added bonus of enjoying magnificent views over the entire city.
Over recent years, living nativity scenes are appearing across the whole of Catalonia, telling the Christmas story in bucolic settings in each town and using real people to depict the central figures. One of the leading examples takes place every year in Corbera de Llobregat: over 200 actors assume the roles of the people in each scene in the beautiful surroundings of the "Penya del Corb".
"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 Franz Schubert Orchestra conducted by Tomàs Grau will perform some of William's most famous compositions such as "Indiana Jones", "Schindler's List" and "Harry Potter" for Christmas.
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.
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