In order to maintain the quality of the Montjuïc Magic Fountain and the Eix Maria Cristina, annual maintenance and improvement work will get underway on 7 January that will last until 14 February.
That means a temporary halt to the shows which, during the Christmas season, have mainly offered a repertoire of Christmas carols, both classical and modern. Light, water and music have combined with seasonal songs like Fum, fum, fum and El desembre congelat.
The annual maintenance includes cleaning, checks and disinfection of the installations. The glass and ducts of the Magic Fountain’s interior will be cleaned and disinfected. The electrical systems will also be improved and the sound and light equipment will be checked.
The Magic Fountain music and colour show will start again on 15 February, with choreographies planned every Friday and Saturday until 30 April.
December 24, 2012 by admin
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The Sagrada Família Christmas Fair, which originated in the 1960′s, has become one of the most traditional Christmas markets in the Eixample, bringing together close to a hundred stalls. In addition, it turns the Sagrada Família vicinity into a Christmas postcard.
Drop by the fair and you’ll discover a whole array of Nativity figurines and elements, including Christmas trees and plants and a variety of decorations. You’ll also find everything you need to decorate your home with for the festivities.
One of the most traditional Christmas fairs in the Eixample. He was born 60 years and currently meets 99 stalls with all the necessary products to celebrate Christmas at home.
The success of the first edition of The Shopping Night Barcelona means it is back with more to offer than in 2010. Because on Wednesday 30 November, 90 shops on Passeig de Gràcia and neighbouring streets, from Carrer de Casp to Carrer de Rosselló, will be waiting for you to buy, taste and enjoy the city’s main shopping district.
They will be open from 8pm until midnight so Shopping Night participants can go in and do some shopping, although there will be things going on until 1 am. It will be a special night then, as the evening of 30 November is when the Christmas lights will go on for the first time.
Apart from shopping at participating shops, on Shopping Night you will be able to visit cultural amenities like the Pedrera and the Museu Egipci, enjoy activities out on the street, parties in the most exclusive hotels and restaurants in the area or win one of the prizes in this year’s draw.
What’s more, this time round you will find a public area called Open Village, between Carrer d’Aragó and Carrer de València, opposite Bulevard Rosa, with fashion, design and gastronomic items on show.
Barcelona is a joint venue for the 2011 World Snowboard Championships, which are being held in La Molina. On 15 January the opening ceremony and first event, the Big Air, will take place here. It is one of six events people will be able to watch at the championships and consists of snowboarders showing off their skills while leaping between 2.5 and 3.5 metres in the air and completing several rotations.
The Palau Sant Jordi has set up a 31-metre high ramp in preparation for the event, which is expected to draw crowds of 8000 people.
This year there are 400 snowboarders from 40 countries taking part in the World Snowboard Championships, between 14 and 22 January. There are six competitions, including Snowboard Cross, Half Pipe, Parallel Giant Slalom, Parallel Slalom and Big Air, all Olympic sports, and Slopestyle, which is not yet an Olympic sport.
The big favourites are Canadian Maelle Ricker, Austrians Benjamin Karl, Stefan Gimpl and Doris Guenther, Frenchman Paul Vaultier, Catalan Queralt Castellet (back in good shape after pulling out of the final in Vancouver earlier this year following a fall) and the Vergés brothers, among others.
More info in La Molina 2011 – Snowboard FIS World Championships
December 31, 2010 by admin
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As with every year, the fair stalls are setting up shop on the Gran Via, selling the toys and sugar “coal” the Three Kings of the Orient will be bringing every child in the city on 6 January.
The traditional Christmas fair has more than 300 stalls selling toys, records, CDs and sugar “coal“. There are also solidarity stalls for collecting new toys and ensuring no child goes without a present on such a special day. As is the tradition, the fair will be open on the night of 5 January.
Three Kings Fair | End date: 05/01/2011
Gran Via Corts Catalanes, 580 between Rocafort & Muntaner | Eixample
Yesterday, 2 December, when Barcelona’s streets are infused with the Christmas spirit. That’s the day for the traditional switching on of the city’s Christmas lights, when you can also visit the Plaza de Sant Jaume nativity scene.
This year’s novelties include even more streets with lights and a greater use of sustainable technology. In fact, for 36 days beginning 2 December, over 300 city venues and 60 km of the public highway, 15% more than in 2009, will be lit up until 10 pm from Sunday to Thursday, until midnight on Friday and Saturday and until 1 am on 24, 25 and 31 December, and 5 January.
New streets with Christmas lights this year include Avenida del Paralelo, where the Music Hall will be lit up, Barceloneta, fish-shaped lights of different colours, Rambla del Raval and Passeig de Maragall.
Moreover, 98% will be LED lights, which reduce the voltage and produce better quality light. Despite covering more kilometres, these lights will produce a 40% saving in overall energy consumption.
The star of the lights, never better said, will be the Christmas Star. This is a giant decoration designed by Ramon Bigas and put up at twenty different city locations.
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Xmas street lighting.
With beautiful old buildings, narrow streets and numerous plazas, Barcelona is a great backdrop for Christmas light displays. Central streets and commercial areas such as Plaça Catalunya, Portal de l’Àngel and Passeig de Gràcia have large and beautiful displays, while small streets have traditional settings usually maintained by neighbours and shops.
Traditional market Santa Llúcia.
Fira de Santa Llúcia is not only a traditional market in front of the Cathedral, but one of the oldest and most firmly rooted Christmas traditions of Barcelona. First written evidences date back to 1786, referring to it already as a tradition. In this market, you can mainly find Nativity scenes and all their complements, Christmas greenery such as moss, bayleaves or Christmas Trees.
Caganer and nativity scenes.
In Barcelona, as well as in Spain, France or Italy, traditional Christmas decorations consists of a model of Bethlehem, similar to the Nativity Scenes of the English-speaking world, but encompassing the entire city rather than just the typical manger scene. The caganer is a particular feature of modern Catalan nativity scenes, and accompanying Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the Shepherds and company, the caganer is often tucked away in a corner of the model, typically nowhere near the manger scene. The figure is depicted in the act of defecation. The exact origin of the Caganer is lost, but the tradition has existed since the 17th century. Originally, the Caganer was portrayed as a Catalan peasant wearing a traditional hat called a barretina — a red stocking hat with a black band; but nowadays you can easily find other popular characters assuming the caganer position, such as nuns, celebrities, sportsmen, politicians, etc…
The 3 Kings Parade.
All children in Barcelona impatiently wait the evening of January 5th. The visit of the 3 Wise Men, the famous distinguished foreigners who are said to have visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense. They usually arrive to Barcelona sailing, and are greeted at Port Vell by the City Authorities. After that, the 3 Magi start a long Parade through all the city, accompanied by their large entourage and Royal Carriages, where children can see them and give their wish letters. Those who have been good during all the year, will receive their Christmas presents at night.
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The arrival of Their Royal Majesties, the Three Kings of the Orient will be arriving in Barcelona thomorrow Tuesday, 5th of January, with various street theatre groups and choreographers helping to create a great big moving spectacular that will pass through the city’s streets for nearly three hours.
With over 1.200 participants and almost one kilometre of floats, the Kings’ Parade will start off this year around 5 pm when the Kings arrive on the schooner Santa Eulàlia and the Mayor, Jordi Hereu, gives them the key to open all the doors of the city so they can leave presents for everyone who’s been well-behaved this year.
This is the biggest street show ever held in Barcelona so, as a novelty this year, each King wanted to include a street theatre company with its own choreography on his float, making this five-kilometre procession a veritable moving stage
What’s more, the 2010 Kings’ Parade will have six newly created floats, three brand new mobile elements and more pages collecting dummies because the youngest onlookers will have to hand over their dummies if they want sweets.
This year’s Three Kings’ Parade, which will be setting off from Avinguda del Marquès de l’Argentera, next to Ciutadella Park, at 6.30 pm, has opted more than ever for artistic creation in the city, with the participation of professional companies, scenographers and choreographers who will be recreating the native lands of the Three Kings during the parade.
It will be broadcast live on Barcelona Televisió and go on to Via Laietana (7 pm), then Plaça Urquinaona and Carrer Fontanella (7.20 pm), to reach Plaça de Catalunya and Carrer Pelai at around 7.30 pm.
It will then continue on along Plaça Universitat and Ronda de Sant Antoni (7.45 pm), Carrer de Sepúlveda (8.00 pm), Carrer de Vilamarí and Carrer de Lleida until it reaches Avinguda de Rius i Taulet, which is expected at around 9.00 pm.