Christmas is the perfect time to share moments with family and friends. And there is nothing better to live unforgettable experiences than to discover a new destination. Barcelona is a city which is great to explore during these dates, due to its mild winter and the most traditional Christmas spirit. From Hotel Miramar Barcelona we will guide you on how to take advantage of your visit to Barcelona for Christmas.
Christmas breaks to Barcelona
You can hardly see a single snowflake falling from the sky, however, ice skating in Barcelona is possible in an artificial way. If you want to have fun, we suggest you a visit to the Skating Club Barcelona (Roger de Flor, 168) or the FC Barcelona ice skating rink (near the Camp Nou), both of them remain open throughout year. Other facilities that are prepared for ice skating on these special dates can be found in shopping centres such as Pedralbes Centre, La Maquinista or La Farga de l'Hospitalet.
If you fancy an equally special plan but one that is a little more relaxed, we suggest you to take the Barcelona's Port Cable Car that you will find on the hillside of Miramar, just in front of our luxury hotel in Barcelona, and that takes you to the port. For a price of 11€ (16'50 € round trip) you can enjoy the incredible views during a journey of about ten minutes. The cable car is open every day of the year except December 25th. If you are going to take it during the months of December and January, the schedule is from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Furthermore, if you want to know where to eat for Christmas in Barcelona, do not miss our special Christmas menus to celebrate these special days with the best products and a design cuisine.
Christmas shopping in Barcelona
The commercial streets have a special brightness these dates. From November 23 to January 6 2018, the Christmas lights in Barcelona are the protagonists when night falls. The design lighting is divided between streets, façades and trees on several districts of the city.
The Eixample is an essential area for your Christmas shopping in Barcelona, and Passeig de Gràcia is the central axis. Near the most emblematic buildings of Gaudí such as Casa Batlló or La Pedrera, there are the most luxurious shops and the most exclusive brands: Cartier, Loewe, Freywille, Chanel, Montblanc, Prada, Rabat, Tous, Rolex, Carrera y Carrera, among others.
Going down Passeig de Gràcia you will arrive to Plaça Catalunya, one of the most central Christmas spots. In the square you will find a market for products of proximity and solidarity economy. In this same place there is El Corte Inglés shopping centre, which every year prepares a special Christmas illumination on its façade. If you have time do not hesitate to go up to the cafeteria of the building, from where you can admire from a different perspective all the Christmas decorations of the streets.
Other glamorous areas to enjoy a day of shopping in Barcelona are Diagonal Avenue and Pedralbes, where you will find shopping centres and several establishments with the best designs and premium accessories.
Christmas markets in Barcelona: Fira de Santa Llúcia
But if you are looking for more traditional objects, the Fira de Santa Llúcia is the Barcelona Christmas market par excellence. Located in front of the Cathedral of Barcelona, it is the market with more handmade Christmas products: table centerpieces, crowns, nativity scenes, Christmas ornaments, candles, moss, Santa hats, garlands, foam... and of course other local products such as the “Caga Tió” or the “caganer”. The Christmas fair in Barcelona usually starts on the last week of November and ends on December 23. It’s free and it opens every day from 10:30 am. to 8:30 pm., except for Saturday and Sunday, when it opens until 9:30 pm.
Where to celebrate New Year's Eve in Barcelona
In addition to the classic nightclub parties until dawn, some years ago the city also celebrates a countdown on the street on December 31. This special New Year's Eve in Barcelona takes place in Plaza España, very close to our hotel, where the Barcelona City Council organizes the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc show along with other projections. When the time comes, people eat their twelve grapes of luck as the clock strikes midnight (a tradition), uncork bottles of “cava” (Catalan champagne) and enjoy the fireworks.
If you are looking for the most luxurious New Year's Eve party in Barcelona, discover the special New Year's Eve that we have prepared in our hotel: Gala dinner, live music, dance, free access to the spa and breakfast in our buffet.
Three Kings parade in Barcelona
Another of the traditions that you can not miss in your visit to Barcelona is the arrival of the Three Wise Men to Barcelona. This spectacular day begins on January 5th at 4:30 p.m. from Port Vell, where their Majesties arrive by boat and they are received by the mayor. After the welcome act; Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar move near the Ciutadella, where the Three Kings parade begins in Barcelona. This tour usually starts at 6 p.m. and go over the city center (Via Laietana, Plaza Urquinaona, Plaza Catalunya, Plaza Universitat, Sepúlveda street, Plaza Espanya...) to the Reina Maria Cristina avenue, at the foot of our Hotel Miramar Barcelona, three hours later.
A very special night in which all desires may come true.