Christmas Fairs in Barcelona

Posted on 16 December 2013 in Barcelona, always!, Culture

Christmas is coming to Barcelona, and if you want to join the Christmas feeling with locals, these are the two main fairs you should not miss:

Fira de Santa Llúcia: the ancient and traditional Christmas Fair of Barcelona, recorded since 1786, though it might have started even earlier. Saint Lucy was a young Christian martyr who died during the Diocletian persecution. She is venerated as a saint by the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and Orthodox Churches.  Her feast day, is celebrated in the on December 13th.
The fair, depicted by Rafel d’Amat, Baron of Maldà, in his diaries from 1769 to 1819, was already held in front of the Cathedral, and there were many stands with Nativity scenes, clay and cardboard figurines, images of saints, shepherds, animals. Nowadays it is still held on the same place and you will find there everything you can image for a Nativity scene.

Fira de Santa Llúcia, Barcelona

Catalans love Christmas fairs and Nativity scenes.

Fira de la Sagrada Família: As Barcelona grew and the Basilica of Sagrada Família by Gaudí acquired importance, a second Christmas fair started on its surroundings. For more than 50 years, around Sagrada Família has been turning itself into one of the most traditional Christmas fairs in the city. Every year, there are more than 100 stands: traditional nativity scenes and figurines, Christmas trees, sweets and crafts fill this celebrated area.

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