Christmas in Barcelona
If looking for a white Christmas in Barcelona, then you might not be that lucky. If you are lucky enough, you may find a light fluttering of snowflakes and that too for a short while. Barcelonians may be disappointed at never having the chance to see snow on Christmas, but the disappointment doesn’t show in the festivities and celebrations during the season.
Weather during Christmas in Barcelona is quite mild, with sunny days but can also be damp. It is holiday time with most shops closed but some shops still remain open. These shops have special trading license to work till 24 December. As Barcelona is a popular destination for tourists and Erasmus students, you will find many restaurants open during the Christmas holidays. In short, there are very little chances of you starving during Christmas. Although all official tourist sites and museums are closed during Christmas in Barcelona Spain, a couple of the main attractions still remain open like Park Guell and Sagrada Familia.
The Christmas in Barcelona actually start from December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. You will see all Christmas decoration being put up by this date. In most Spanish homes, you will find the essence of nativity in the decorations with scenes showing the stable where the Baby Jesus is born.
Christmas in Barcelona is a very important day for Spanish people. This is a day to remember Jesus and enjoy the most lavish meals with family. Prayers are offered at homes and in church. Christmas dinner begins with Carn d'Olla, a soup made of a large piece of meat. Most Spanish households eat a variety of tapas dishes like jamon, langoustines and eels besides other expensive foods. Even the poorest of families will spend their hard earned money on luxurious items and food during Christmas in Barcelona.
In the recent times, Spanish families have started getting presents from the Santa Claus during the Christmas in Barcelona.