Fira de Santa Llúcia
Barcelona's Oldest Christmas Market
The Fira de Santa Llúcia has been going since 1786 so it is not only Barcelona's best known Christmas market but also its oldest.
The Christmas fair, known as a Fira de Nadal in Catalan fills Avinguda de la Catedral just in front of Barcelona Cathedral from the end of November or the beginning of December until just before Christmas every year.
This year is no exception and more than 280 stalls selling Christmas wares will be open to the public on Friday 25th November to Friday 23rd December.
It really is a great fair and I make sure to visit every year.
Even though we've already got most of our Christmas decorations and buy our Christmas tree locally, I normally end up buying something.
Last year it was a pro-independence Christmas star with a Catalan senyera flag trail and this year I fancy the idea of buying myself a Donald Trump caganer as he seems to have upset so many people!
What You Can Buy at La Fira
As there are so many stalls selling so many different things, the
Fira de Santa Llúcia is broadly organised into four main areas.
- Pessebres and Figures: You can buy everything associated with the pessebre or nativity
scene at the Fira de Santa Llúcia as well as Christmas baskets, figures including caganers, Christmas lights,
baubles, candles and Christmas decorations for your home, the nativity scene and tree.
- Vegetation and Plants: You'll find
natural and synthetic Christmas trees, moss, tiós in all shapes and
sizes (shown below), tree bark, lucky bouquets, eucalyptus, holly and mistletoe.
- Arts and Crafts: You can buy all manner of handmade articles, such as jewellery, ornaments, clothing and other gifts as well as local foods.
- Drums and Instruments: This is where you can buy the brilliant Simbombes, known as friction drums in English, as well as tambourines and whistles. Christmas in Catalonia can be quite a noisy affair.
There are also the following main activities on offer at the Fira de Nadal de Santa Llúcia
- El Tió Gegant
- The giant pooping log is on display from 10.30 am to 1.30pm every day as well as 4.30 pm to 7 pm at weekends
- La Diada de les Tradicions i Costums Nadalencs a Catalunya - The Day of Christmas Traditions and Customs in Catalonia - Saturday 17th December from 10.30 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 9 pm. There'll be plenty of activities including a Christmasprocession, puppets and choirs.
Getting to the Fira de Santa Llúcia
Fira de Santa Llúcia
Avinguda de la Catedral
Opening Times: November 30 to December 23 from 10.30 am to 8.30 pm from Monday to Friday and 8.30 am to 9.30 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Metro Jaume 1: Yellow L4 Line
Just to give you an idea of just how lovely the Fira de Santa Llúcia is here's a video I made when I visited one Monday morning.
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