What’s on in December in Barcelona?

Will you be in Barcelona this December, studying Spanish with us ? Are you still wondering what you will be doing in your free time? Although some things are still a little bit different this winter, you for sure will not get bored for one minute! Here are some cool suggestions…

  • Take a walk in the magic garden “Els llums de Sant Pau”: The Recinto Modernista de Sant Pau opens its doors every night from the 22nd of November for a very special walk. This place is transformed into a luminous fairy tale landscape with Christmas lights, impressive illuminated vegetation and creative light figures. Families, friends and couples can enjoy a pleasant and romantic evening on a circular route of about 1.5 kilometers long. Els Llums de Sant Pau offers a slow break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas for the whole family and draws the eye to the contemplative world at the most beautiful time of the year.

  • Attend the Barcelona’s famous New Year’s concert at Palau de la Música Catalana, by the Strauss Festival Orchestra. Check here the prices and available dates.
  • Visit the Lola Ruiz Picasso exhibition: The exhibition dedicated to Lola is a tribute to Lola Ruiz Picasso and her zeal in preserving the work of her brother, while at the same time demonstrating the love they professed each other throughout their lives. When her mother Maria died, Lola assumed the role of “treasure keeper”. She and her family jealously guarded the paintings, drawings and notebooks that Pablo had left in Barcelona when he moved to the French capital. After Lola’s death in 1958, her children continued this task of custody and conservation until the artist’s donation to the city of Barcelona in 1970.

  • The Jazztrònia Fest & Market: On Sunday, December the 5th, Jazztrònica Fest & Market, the monthly jazz and electronic music festival, returns with its third edition in the gardens of the TNC in Barcelona: 20 art stands, local design, crafts and vintage… Wouldn’t you like to take a look at it?
  • Buy your Christmas decoration in “Fira de Santa Llúcia”… The Fira de Santa Llúcia is the oldest and most classic Christmas market in Barcelona (since 1786). At its 170 stands, which are set up in the Gothic Quarter just in front of the Cathedral, you will find handmade gifts, figures for nativity scenes and lots of traditional Christmas decoration. From 26th of November until 23rd, it will be the fair we all look forward to this year. Although being a little different due to the Covid restrictions, will still be full of greenery, the smell of the forest, nativity scenes, figurines and everything that transports us to the nostalgia of Christmas.

  • …or something modern and handmade in “Festivalet Barcelona” (11th-12th of December)! Starting in 2009, Festivalet brings together a selection of the best national and international designers and craftsmen. An annual edition in December that has become a Christmas tradition for thousands of people in Barcelona. A place to buy local products directly from the creators. If you are in Barcelona in December you can’t miss it!

  • Visit Museums: The museums are now open with a 100% capacity. ¡CCCB, MACBA, Picasso, Joan Miró, Cosmo Caixa are worth a visit!
  • The Drap-Art Festival: The International Festival of Sustainable Art of Catalonia celebrates its 25th edition with a very special program in the field of sustainable art, with pioneers of contemporary art and prominent figures in urban art, as well as a large selection of contemporary artists and emerging projects. A cultural tour of the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona with many exhibition shows the endless possibilities of creative recycling and the use of “objet trouvé” to reflect on the relationship between art and sustainability and the potential of art as a tool for social transformation. Read more about it on the official website.
  • Celebrate New Year’s Eve in our city! The best place to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Barcelona is at the show held on Avenida María Cristina. It is the most crowded event in the city of Barcelona, about 70,000 people gather each year to enjoy this New Year’s Eve show. At 21:30, the music begins to give life to this very special day and at 23:30 begins the pre-show of 10 minutes to warm up and prepare for the bells and the 12 grapes.

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