One of Barcelona's most traditional fairs, having been staged since the late 18th century, you'll find all manner of Christmas ornaments and gifts on sale there. The main attractions are figures for the nativity scenes than many Catalan families set up in their homes at this time of year. They come in many different sizes, and you'll find an amazing range of characters and accessories beyond the essential Holy Family, shepherds and three kings. Most surprising to visitors is the 'caganer' – which literally means ‘defecator', and is usually a man dressed in traditional Catalan costume who squats in the corner of the crib, apparently to represent the returning to the ground of what we take out it. Some innovative soul decided to start creating caganers in the shape of contemporary celebrities, meaning you can buy likenesses of Barack Obama, Pope Francis, Donald Trump and Leo Messi all doing their natural business, which could arguably be the most original Christmas present you'll find this year.
Until Dec 23
The Christmas Fair at the Sagrada Família has been around since the 1960s and has become one of the most traditional Christmas markets in the Eixample, with about 100 stalls selling gifts and decorations. Not to mention that it adds to the whole seasonal feel by creating a picture-perfect Christmas card around the Sagrada Família itself.
Until Dec 23
The 'Three Kings' Fair' sets up its more than 200 stalls along Gran Via, where you can find a wide range of quality products and 'almost' unique gifts for your last-minute Christmas or Kings' Day needs. You'll find the fair on from December 19 to January 6, and if you've really left everything to the last minute, or you just like a bit of festive shopping all night long, on Jan 5 the fair is open until 3am!
Until Jan 5
More than 30 Barcelona makers and creators take over the WallnWood space in Gràcia for this edition of BCN Makers, a pop-up market where you can find all sorts of designer furniture, decorative objects, clothing, cosmetics, lamps, and a few surprises to whet your appetite.
Dec 9 & 10
Estació Disseny Barcelona ('Design Station Barcelona') is back for another year at Estació Framça. The market features a fusion of different areas: local creators presenting their wares, and second-hand and vintage sales. You can also expect food trucks, and an area for sampling food and drink products for sale.
Dec 9 & 10
The Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) in the district of Sarrià-Sant Gervasi puts on this market to raise funds for the fight against cancer. You'll find decorative objects, fashion accessories, books, toys, crafts, stationery, Christmas decorations, and artisanal food products.
This year is the 18th edition of the Zoco BCN Christmas market, and they're celebrating in style at the Torre Amat and with fashion as the main draw. In addition to veteran designers, you'll find designs by local firms for children as well as men and women, and accessories too. For example, among the highlights are By Nita, who can transform your old jeans; kids' T-shirts by Unsmile; and Makiwuan Ruana's artisanal, ancestral and indigenous wares. Not even Santa Claus is staying home for this one! Get your kids' (or your own, who are we to judge?) letters to Father Christmas ready because on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm he'll be there to pick them up. And the little ones can also take part in loads of Christmas workshops. Live music is on tap as well, thanks to Chucho Díaz. And Zoco is collaborating with the NGO Dolls4Girls this year for their campaign 'A doll for a doll', which means for every purchase of a Dolls4Girls doll, one of the same kind will be taken to refugee camps in Greece.
It's been ten years since the first Festivalet, and you can congratulate them on their anniversary and for having such good taste when it comes to selecting hand-made products as well as for how meticulous they are when it comes to all things eye-pleasing. The fair is divided into a gastronomy area – with temptations from Demasié, Lukumas, Mama Pot... – independent publishers; materials, to help cultivate your DIY skills; and products, where you'll find absolutely everything else: fashion, backpacks, jewellery, accessories, cosmetics, home decor, children's clothing and more.
Dec 16 & 17
The Festival Orgànic puts on this Christmas market with responsible consumption in mind, and where they've brought together brands and artisan products that are healthy, sustainable and organic, and that come from producers who work with an awareness of and respect for raw materials, processes, the environment, and consumers. You can shop here for local design, fashion, art, crafts, and food products, as well as participate in healthy-eating cooking shows.
Dec 16 & 17
Apolo gets into the Christmas spirit with a big fun-filled day on December 17. Starting at 11am and until midnight you'll find things to do for the whole family, a market featuring local creators with record labels founded in Barcelona and their wares, a record shop, designers, illustrators, and more. This window into the world of emerging talent in the city also includes Apolo's regular programme of the kids' session Escuela de Rock and the monthly party VenTú, as well as special programming in the other halls, La  and the new La . Plus, the Caprichos de Apolo concert from Cabaret Contemporain is free. In La  you'll find vermouth and food with an affordable array of snacks to enjoy throughout the day. All the activities are free except the Escuela de Rock (€9 general, or €7 for Apolo 113 members).
The Cotton House gets dressed up to celebrate its Christmas market, with a tree that's more than three metres tall set up on the terrace and decorated with classic tea cups from La Cartuja de Sevilla, and other huge trees decorated in cotton. As usual at this market, you'll find fashion, dressings for your home, accessories, jewellery, flowers, art and some gourmet products as well, all while live music plays – this time from the Musicals' Choir from the La Escola de Músics i JPC – and you can have a snack and a drink. If you're doing some shopping with the kids in tow, they can hand their wish list over to the royal page on hand, who will deliver it to the Three Kings in time for Kings' Day (Jan 6).
This is the sixth edition of the MyBarrio market, which favours local design. This time you'll find the market in Margot House in Passeig de Gràcia, where you can find bags from SUR / SAC and Lindenbaum; jewellery from Levens, Laura Brichs and Gonzalo Cutrina; clothes by Lagarta, Über den Wolken and Colmillo de Morsa; the eclectic selection from Curated By; and much more.
Dec 16 & 17
It's the sixth edition of a market that oozes design from its pores. The products and producers who come together for the market are chosen by members of the FAD associations representing the various design disciplines and whose goal is to promote creators, makers and products that are highlighted for being avant-garde and of high quality and superior design: from lights to toys, and including furniture and textiles, as well as accessories, kitchen utensils, ceramics and pottery, pieces made from recycled materials... There will also be a gastronomy area with young entrepreneurs in the restaurant field who pay special attention to design in their work. You'll also find workshops having to do with the world of design for adults and children.
The Gallery Hotel sets up this Christmas edition of its usual urban market, where they combine shopping, music and gastronomy in a singular space. You'll find a selection from more than 20 brands, by both emerging and established designers, showing off their latest wares in fashion, accessories, costume jewellery, decor, handmade objects, kids' clothes, and original gifts. Plus, food plays a big role in the market thanks to what the Gallery Hotel's got on offer. Adding more fun to the affair are bands playing live music, DJ sessions and free activities for the kids.
Dec 20-24 & Jan 3-5
If you've got embarrassingly naked walls in your home or office, don't miss the sixth edition of Dress Your Wall, an event dedicated to emerging artists where you can pick up original art, screen printing, photoengraving, limited-edition prints and more from some 100 artists, and all at affordable prices. This is your chance to discover what's happening on the national and international art scene, and to acquire some great pieces to spruce up your life.
Dec 22 & 23
The Collectania Mercatart is a market from the Wynwood Lab gallery to promote the creation and sale of works by emerging artists. Until January 5 you can get original pieces starting at €150 from this market.
Until Jan 5
This year is the 16th of DelicARTessen, the most popular exhibition at the Esther Monturiol gallery. It's a select collection of small-format art including drawings, paintings, sculptures and photography by various artists.
Until Jan 26
Following in the steps of the emblematic exhibition of the Galería Vinçon, this year at M-Store and with the support of Moritz, this is the 34th edition of the Hipermerc'art, a market where you'll find more than 1,000 original works of art – paintings, sculpture, photography and graphic artworks – from some 30 local artists, among them the likes of Mari Ito, TV Boy, Juanjo Sáez, Manuel Sanz, and Yomuto. You'll find art for all tastes and budgets, with prices ranging from €59 to €299.
Until Jan 8
Your friends at Flea Market are back doing their thing, which means filling C/Portal de Santa Madrona with their second-hand market where you can find small treasures in the form of books, records, clothing, accessories and more.
One of Barcelona's most fun vintage and second-hand markets is back with a pre-Christmas edition at Estació de França. You'll find all kinds of treasures, from clothes to music, decoration, toys, books, comics and much more, all at feel-good prices. The singularity of the vendors, the aim of creating a space with a festive ambience, and the environmentally responsible awareness make this ten-year-old Barcelona weekend market worth a visit.
Dec 16 & 17