Looking for a place to spend during Christmas 2011? Christmas in Barcelona is beautiful, active and enlightened. Barcelona is a beautiful city that shines in December perfect for walking around, shopping and entertainment. It combines tradition and modernity and so it is an ideal place to spend the holidays with your family and/or friends. If you plan to travel and come to Barcelona for Christmas, here are some things that might interest you:

  • Christmas shopping in Barcelona: Barcelona is a shopping paradise, so you can take advantage of that by going to the known shopping streets and malls of the city like the Passeig de Gracia, Rambla de Catalunya, Calle Pelayo, Avenida Diagonal, shopping centre La Maquinista, Diagonal Mar, I´Illa, Arenas and others.
  • Christmas accommodation Barcelona: If you are looking for accommodation for Christmas offers in Barcelona, we suggest the option of staying in a holiday apartment Barcelona. Staying in a Barcelona rental apartment gives you many advantages, like being able to choose a place where you feel at home, staying with your whole family or group of friends and integrate into the life of the city. In addition, Barcelona apartments tend to have competitive prices, as well as being comfortable and well equipped.
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Cagatió. Photo by arquera via Flickr

  • Christmas Traditions in Barcelona: There are several typical traditions of Christmas in Barcelona, ??including the famous ¨caganers y cagatiós¨. The caganer is a human figure crouching and defecating, which is placed in the manger; emerged as a symbol of fertility of the earth and every year they depict caganers of famous people. The cagatió is a trunk with a friendly face and a Christmas hat, wearing a blanket to protect against coldness, which is given to children, they care for and “feed” the Cagatió until the evening of December 24, during that night the Cagatió os beaten with a stick and the children sing a song to make the Cagatió basically “shit” treats like chocolate bars, small candies, Neules (small wafers) and more. In the city, is also traditional to install a large crib at the Plaza Sant Jaume, you should not miss this if you come to Barcelona.
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Turrones. Photos by deramaenrama via Flickr

  • Christmas party at Barcelona: Barcelona holiday season is a special occasion for gluttony. In the bakeries, pastry shops and supermarkets you will find many types of delicious candies, ice cream, shortbread and wine roscón and the winter lends itself to the traditional cup of hot chocolate with churros, typical for Spain. Cannelloni stuffed with meat are delicious and typical for Catalan holidays, like soup pasta shells (snail-shaped pasta stuffed with ground beef in a hearty broth).
  • Christmas lights in Barcelona: The city is illuminated from early December until Epiphany and looks really beautiful. The most beautiful light you will find on the streets and main squares, such as Las Ramblas, Rambla de Catalunya, Passeig de Gracia, Arago, Gran Via, Plaza Catalunya, Portal del Angel, among others.
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Christmas lights in Portal del Angel. Photo by Carquinyol via Flickr

  • The Christmas markets in Barcelona: Usually two major Christmas fairs in Barcelona are installed, ??such as the Feria de Santa Llúcia around the Gothic Cathedral and the other Barcelona Christmas market is Feria de la Sagrada Familia, at the Plaza de la Sagrada Familia. At these fairs you can buy cagatiós, caganers, fir trees, nativity scenes, Christmas decorations, food products, lighting and more.

You can choose to bring a short Christmas Barcelona visit or make it a real Barcelona holiday by staying longer and enjoying Barcelona Christmas and New Year. In the mean time you can enjoy the winter in Barcelona as the Barcelona weather during Christmas is rather mild.

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