Barcelona Christmas Market (Feria de Santa Lucia)

Barcelona Christmas Market (Feria de Santa Lucia)
Barcelona hosts several Christmas markets each year. The biggest and most traditional of Barcelona’s Christmas markets is the fair of Saint Lucia (Feria de Santa Lucia in Spanish or La Fira de Santa Llúcia in Catalan). It is held in front of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, commonly known as the Barcelona Cathedral.

The fair of Saint Lucia dates back to 1786. It was named after Saint Lucia of Syracuse, a young Christian martyr who died during the Diocletianic Persecution. One of the chapels of the Barcelona Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Lucia. Her feast is on December 13 so the market originally began on this day. The date was pushed back for the market to kick off the Christmas season in late November.

Many of the Christmas markets in Europe tend to have the typically German feel, offering mulled wine and bratwurst (a type of German sausage). Feria de Santa Lucia, however, is different. It has a special atmosphere thanks to its unique blend of Catalan and Spanish Christmas traditions.

For example, the Barcelona Christmas market is a perfect place to buy your Tió de Nadal, also known as Caga tió or simply Tió. The Tió is a log about a foot long, standing up on 2 or 4 stick legs with a broad smiling face painted on its higher end. It also usually has a three-dimensional nose and a little red hat. Catalan children believe that on Christmas Day the Tió gives out small presents, such as dried figs, nuts, candies and turrón.

At Feria de Santa Lucia, there are about 300 stalls selling Christmas logs, mistletoe, Christmas decorations, small nativity figurines, mistletoe, poinsettia, candles, and various artisan and handmade products such as toys, leather goods, and jewelry. Even if you don’t intend to buy anything, you absolutely should visit the market in the evening to enjoy the festive atmosphere and the spectacular view of the impressive Barcelona Cathedral. On some days, the market hosts special Christmas activities for children.

La Fira de Santa Llúcia




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