Christmas markets – Catalan Style

From 30 November to 6 January Catalan is a magnet for festive shoppers and foodies

From now until the end of early January the Christmas fairs and markets of Catalonia attract visitors from far and wide, offering a vast selection of local produce, gifts and festive decorations.

There is no better time of year to bring the senses to life than Christmas and what better place to do so than in Catalonia. From the smells and tastes of regional festive delicacies, to the sparkling lights of Christmas markets and sounds of local choirs and music, it’s the perfect opportunity to embrace the traditions of Catalonia.

The festivities kick off with the switch on of the Christmas lights across the region from the end of November across streets, businesses and homes. A Christmas Tio de Nadal is then bought and displayed in homes of families, a smiling hollow Christmas log which is a decoration unique to the region, packed with sweets and treats.

Celebrations don’t end on the 25th December either, on 6th January the Three Kings Procession begins and it’s the time when children are most excited as this is when they receive their presents. The fun starts the night before as three kings lead processions through towns and villages throughout Catalonia, throwing sweets to the children. The next morning, the children wake to find their presents have been left overnight, making it the ideal destination for a short family break to discover a new Christmas experience this year, completely unique to the region.

Here are some of our top picks:

Fira De Santa Llucia Christmas Fair

Avinguda de la Catedral, Barcelona

Opens 30th November 2014

One of the oldest Christmas fairs in Catalonia, Fira de Santa Llucia celebrates 228 years in 2014. Attracting locals and visitors from aboard, it showcases s range of Christmas food and decorations as well as a renowned nativity scene on Avinguda de la Catedral, Barcelona.

 Fair Fir Espinelves

Church Square, City Espinelves

6th & 7th December

This is one of the most unique Christmas markets in Catalonia and a must for anyone looking for unusual gifts and decorations. There are tons of Christmas trees creating a festive forest in the middle of the city and if all of that shopping works up an appetite, you can choose from an array of hot food and drink from local producers.

Pessebre Vivent Castell d’Aro

Castell-Platja d’Aro

21,25, 26, 28 December at 7 pm

1, 4, 6 January

 Experience the oldest nativity story show in Catalonia first hand with this innovative live performance, taking the audience through the biblical event. Set in the stunning Castell d’Aro, this event has been taking visitors back in time since 1959 and locals come together each year to play the different characters.

 Mercat Medieval

Vic City Centre

6th, 7th and 8th December

This large market reflects the medieval history of the city, host to local craftsmen selling decorations and local suppliers offering a variety of regional perfumes, soaps, cakes and cheese. This is a must for those looking to pick up some truly Catalan Christmas gifts.

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