At Christmas, it's become a Barcelona tradition to stroll round the Santa Llúcia market, which first set up its stalls in front of the Cathedral in 1786. Some go just to soak up the atmosphere. Others take the family to buy a tree, decorations, figures for the Nativity and everything else you could need to celebrate Christmas, from the traditional to the most modern.
This year the market celebrates its 233rd anniversary, looking just as beautiful as ever, and open for business from November 29 to December 23. Head to the nearby Frederic Marès Museum to see the oversize manger scene presented by the Santa Llúcia Christmas market, and featuring figures of up to 40 cm tall.
Back at the fair itself you'll find nearly 300 stalls with traditional Christmas items and handmade toys. You'll also find a range of activities for all ages, such as the Giant Tió (pooping log) and a parade. Also, on Decmeber 26 it's the Day of Christmas Traditions and Christmas Customs in Catalonia. So get a headstart on the Christmas spirit at the Santa Llúcia market.