Barcelona is bustling with atmosphere during Christmas and New Year's Eve, when the streets are dressed in beautiful lights and people go out to do shopping or have a chocolate with churros.
Although you won't have a white Christmas in Barcelona, the city is full of activities for those who want to experience the Christmas spirit.
Discover all the things to do at Christmas in Barcelona, where to go Christmas shopping and the best restaurant to enjoy a delicious Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve menu. Take note!
Strolling under Barcelona's Christmas lights
One of the favourite activities for locals and tourists alike is strolling along the lit-up streets during the festive season. If you want to join the experience, you should know that the 2022 Barcelona Christmas lights will be switched on next Thursday 24 November, and you will be able to see them at the following times:
- Sunday to Thursday - 17:30 to 22 hours.
- Fridays and Saturdays - 17:30 to 23:00 hours
- 31 December and 5 January - 17:30 to 1 am
The Christmas lights will be on until 5 January, when the Three Wise Men travel through the city in the traditional Cavalcade.
Enjoying music and culture
From classical music concerts to special activities in museums and living nativity scenes, Christmas in Barcelona is full of tradition and culture.
If you like music, check out the Christmas concerts at the Liceu and l'Auditori. For a fun plan with children, you can go to Christmas in Poble Espanyol, where can greet Santa and the Three Wise Men. For Christmas lights lovers, the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site hosts Els Llums de Sant Pau, an impressive technological show set in the universe and the galaxies.
Barcelona is the ideal city to find the perfect gift for your family and friends. You can browse the shops on Paseo de Gracia and Portal del Angel, where you'll find literally everything, or visit Barcelona's best Christmas shop, Käthe Wohlfahrt's shop in the central Gothic Quarter.
There are also Christmas markets and fairs worth visiting in Barcelona. Don't miss the traditional Fira de Santa Llúcia, where you can find all kinds of nativity decorations, or the Fira de la Sagrada Familia, right in front of Gaudi’s impressive cathedral.
Gastronomic experience at Bistró Helena
If you don't know where to celebrate Christmas dinner in Barcelona, we have a proposal that will delight your whole family. At the Bistró Helena restaurant of the Grand Hotel Central we have prepared some luxury Christmas menus, with appetizers, starters, fish and meat dishes and desserts typical of Mediterranean gastronomy. They have been specially prepared by chef Lorenzo Cavazzoni with top quality ingredients for the festive season.
Enjoy exclusive Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve menus in one of the best restaurants in Barcelona.
Luxury stay at Grand Hotel Central
Stay at Grand Hotel Central to spend an unforgettable Christmas with your family and loved ones. Our 5-star hotel in Barcelona is located right in the city centre, where the best shops, theatres and Christmas markets are concentrated. From our location in the Gothic Quarter, you will be able to stroll through the lit-up streets and do all your gift shopping. In addition, you will feel at home thanks to the commitment and attention of our team.
If you are looking for hotels for Christmas in Barcelona, Grand Hotel Central is your best option. Don't wait any longer and make your reservation on our official website.