Barcelona in december: 10 Things To Do For A Chill Vacay!

10 Things To Do For A Chill Vacay!

Barcelona in December is a rather unique experience to have in Spain since there is less tourist crowd, weather is cold, there are Christmas festivals, and events filling the streets along with the holiday decorations. So, if you are planning to visit Barcelona in December 2022, then here is a list if things you can do. We’re pretty sure that will add more joy and bliss to your Eurotrip!

Barcelona In December is a memorable adventure and one worth having as you can experience the architecture and history of the city along with the culture and the Christmas Festivities and if you are religious then you can go for the midnight mass in the gothic Santa Maria Del Mar church and you can even hear the 5 minute ‘El Cant De La Sibil La’ just before midnight. Here are some of the best things to do in Barcelona in December.

1. Ice Rink

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Recently Barcelona has started this relatively new tradition of setting up ice rinks around the city and tourists and locals alike can now go for some ice skating. This goes on from late November till New Year and the cost for ice skating very depending on the location. Barcelona which was opened in 2015 and located In La Fonda shopping mall is a rather popular skating rink with sports such as ice hockey and curling being played along with ice skating, it even has a café.

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2. Harbour Swim

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This is a 200m swim across the harbour in Barcelona and this sport has been organized every year since 1907 by the swimming club of Barcelona and is called The Copa Nada, you can watch this race at noon from the Christopher Columbus Statue which is one of the most famous landmark in Barcelona.

3. Fira De Santa Lucia

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This is Barcelona’s biggest Christmas market which takes place in Gothic Quarter in front of the Cathedral and here you can browse numerous shops and buy handicrafts and gifts, festive decorations, traditional instruments and even the iconic caganer figurine also known as the pooping man figurine which is part of the Catalan culture. This market goes on from late November till 23rd of December, from 10:30am to 8:30pm.

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4. Fira De Nadal De La Sagrada Familia

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Another Christmas market which is held in front of Sagrada Familia church and here you can see numerous stalls selling Christmas decorations, toys, crafts etc and on two Saturdays Father Christmas appears to collect letters from children and hand out cookies and balloon. This market also starts late November and ends on 24th of December, from 10am to 10pm.

5. Barcelona Cuisines

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During December and the Christmas season the food variety increases, you can try the traditional foods such as the Escudella I carn d’olla which is bowl of pasta shells with meat and vegetables stew, Carn d’olla which is stuffed turkey, the traditional Christmas bread called El Pa de Nadal and the Christmas dessert turron. There are also cooking courses offered where you are given a tour of the market and produce, a practical cooking class and a hearty meal to taste the food afterwards accompanied by some local wine.

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6. Visiting Museums and Sites

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With the decrease in tourist crowd visiting museums and architectural sites would be a good idea, there are numerous museums in Barcelona like the Picasso museum or the Dali Museum which is highly recommended especially art enthusiasts, some even have days when the entry is free. Most museums are closed during the Christmas holidays on 25th and 26th of December and it is recommended to check the dates to see when the museums are open.

7. Three Kings Parade

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Despite the various Barcelona events in December one of the most important and biggest event is held on 5th January called the Three Kings Parade and on the 6th is when the three Kings brought the gifts to baby Jesus hence unlike most other countries the children in Spain get their Christmas gifts on this day. On 5th January a huge parade is held which starts from Parc de la Ciutadella at the park entrance and ends at the Magic Fountain near Placa Espanya and during the parade they distribute gifts and sweets all around. If you decide to stick around after Christmas and New year then be sure to check this amazing parade out.

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8. New Year’s Eve

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Taking place at the Magic Fountain In Montjuic a celebration is organized which include fireworks and music shows, it is tradition to eat 12 grapes each with the 12 chimes at midnight. Most hotels also run shows and special dinner which you can attend, parties are held almost everywhere including Nightclubs, bars etc as the city really come alive.

9. Food Artisans Market

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In Santa Maria Del Pi, in the Gothic quarter this market includes numerous stalls that all sell artisanal treats and traditional Christmas food such as chocolates, cheese, wines, EL Pa De Nadal, turron, cakes etc. Visit this market if you want to taste some amazing sweets and pastries and to take back home for your love ones. This market is also open throughout the Christmas season.

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10. Walking Tours and Shopping

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Barcelona in December is amazing to just walk around and take in the sights and atmosphere with lights and decorations adorning the streets and houses, Churches of different architectural styles coming to life and market stalls being put up, you can take a guided tour or a personalized tour around the city to see the different places or just do it yourself. Barcelona is one of the top European countries for shopping and hence most shops are open till midnight during the month of December for tourists and locals alike to indulge themselves since no holiday or vacation is complete without a bit of shopping.

The temperature in Barcelona in December drops low but there is rarely any snow and Barcelona weather in December generally Include clear blue skies so just pack some warm clothes and you will be good to go. Accommodation and the cost of traveling is relatively cheap except on the dates of Christmas and New years so it is recommended to book flights and lodging for the beginning or the middle of the month and then spend the Christmas and new years there.

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So, there’s no doubt that It is worth visiting Barcelona in December be it with your family or friends. Think no more and plan your trip to Spain with TravelTriangle for a fun wintery vacay right away!

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10 Best Things to Do in December in Barcelona

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Tis the Season – Barcelona’s Most Exciting and Creative Holiday Attractions

Sam Mednick

Barcelona Local Expert

There’s no better place to be during the holidays than Barcelona. In a city that’s never too cold and full of spirit, this Mediterranean town knows how to bring in the new year and make the most of the holiday season. Every attraction usually does something special this time of year; from Gaudi’s buildings which, ‘enhance’ their lights at night, to Passeig de Gracia’s special shopping evenings and incredible discounts, to Corte Ingles’ beautiful facade, the city turns into a wonderland of sorts. Even without the snow, Barcelona manages to make it feel ‘fresh and wintery’. Every year a skating rink is erected in Plaza Catalunya, staying up for the entire month. It’s ideal for families on the weekends and those looking for a different way to ‘impress a date’, or remind themselves of colder climates back home.

In addition to the city’s monuments and lights, other holiday attractions include ‘barrio’ festivals (each neighborhood has its own celebration date) and restaurants usually have holiday promotional menus, including 2 for 1 drinks and specially tailored brunch and weekend menus as well.

Perhaps the biggest ‘attraction’ during the holiday season in Barcelona, is the fact that restaurants and shops are open on Sundays for the entire month of December. A rarity in this city and a welcome one, especially during this time of year. 

Built in 60 years for the Virgin of the Sailors, this church has an elegantly simplistic artistic structure. With few architectural extremities, this church is modestly ornamented with elegant columns and a few buttresses. The stained glass is the most elaborate decor in the church, and the lovely rose window is truly an attraction. Situated in the heart of the Born neighborhood, this is a great place to see beautiful architecture while also being able to take in some boutique shopping and eat delicious tapas at any of the restaurants along Passeig Del Born or amongst the narrow side streets.

Recommended for Things to Do in December because: A serene, beautiful place to enjoy the holiday cheer, whether you’re religious or not

Sam’s expert tip: Right outside the Church, across the courtyard is an excellent wine and tapas bar

Read more about Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar →

Photo courtesy of Mariah Quesada

Less of an attraction, Hi. This Is Barcelona is a private tour company with a high volume of honeymoon couples and those looking for romantic getaways. The company customizes all of its tours, so if you’re looking to spice up an experience with a touch of something special, these guys have some amazing ideas. From private walking, biking, car, and specialty tours, they can arrange a day in wine country at a private family-run vineyard, or set up a cooking class with professional chefs, or arrange a shopping day with designers. They’re also able to help set up surprises for loved ones and have a network of people who can help them make an ordinary experience, that much more special.

Recommended for Things to Do in December because: Tailored tour company specializing in holiday packages taking people off the beaten path

Sam’s expert tip: Ask about their special honeymoon tours

Read more about Hi This Is Barcelona →

If you’re hungry or just feel like browsing rows upon rows and stalls upon stalls of fresh fruit, cured hams, authentic Spanish tapas and pretty much anything you might have a craving for, Barcelona’s Boqueria market should top the check list. Directly off La Rambla, the market is a genuine Barcelona experience; you might even get to see little pigs wearing baseball caps if you go on the right days! If you’re hungry go to the back of the Boqueria where there are several small and rustic but very delicious restaurants. Ra in particular is a great place to dine.

Recommended for Things to Do in December because: Vibrant, exciting and the best place to experience the holidays wondering around the stalls

Sam’s expert tip: The front stalls are more expensive than the ones farther in, so if you want to save a few Euros, head closer to the back.

Read more about Mercat de la Boqueria →

Another one of Gaudi’s amazing creations, Park Guell features the longest bench in the world as well as Gaudi’s tiny house where he lived for several years. The park is a mix of design and architecture with nature and illustrates Gaudi’s connection with natural beauty and its greatness. From the Park you can see beautiful city views and even bring food for a small picnic on the grass. This is a romantic and very unique park, intertwined with authentic Modernism structures as well as a rich and beautiful landscape. New to the Park is the Gaudi Experience which is a small shop and interactive ride at the bottom of the Park’s entrance.

Recommended for Things to Do in December because: Great place to take holiday pictures, in nature and amongst beautiful architecture

Sam’s expert tip: Get off at Lesseps metro and enter the Park through the back to avoid the long uphill steps

Read more about Parc Güell →

Photo courtesy of Aire de Barcelona

A mix of Arabic baths and amazing massage, the Banos Arabes (Hammam) at Barcelona’s Aire, Spa are soothing and incredibly relaxing. This is an excellent couples activity or perfect for a rainy day if you want to feel warm. The Arabic baths are made up of several pools, some hot, some cold and then the extremes being piping hot and ice cold. You’re given an hour in the baths and then if you book the massage as well, there’s a small room to the side where one you can enjoy a 20 minute or hour long massage. The spa is right near the Picasso Museum and other boutique shops in the Born and delicious restaurants.

Recommended for Things to Do in December because: Relax during the holidays at the baths, with their excellent holiday promotions

Sam’s expert tip: Be sure to reserve there is a limit on how many people can enter at one time.

Read more about Aire de Barcelona →

Another one of Gaudi’s masterpieces, Casa Mila, otherwise known as La Pedrera, is one of Gaudi’s most well known creations and is situated on Passeig de Gracia, just a stone’s throw from Casa Batllo. Constructed between 1905-1912, from the outside La Pedrera looks like it is made up of skulls. Architecturally however, it is considered to be incredibly innovative as its facade is self-supporting. It also has underground parking and separate lifts and stairs for the owners and servants. Something that many people dont’ know, is that the structures on the roof were actually what inspired George Lucas’ Storm Troopers for his Star Wars series.

Recommended for Things to Do in December because: La Pedrera’s rooftop lights up like none other during the holidays

Sam’s expert tip: Check out the book store in the building

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Established by Joan Miro as a forum for contemporary art. Much of Miro’s work is displayed here in a wide variety of mediums, while periodic exhibits feature other artists. There’s also a sculpture garden, library, gift shop, restaurant, and an auditorium for classical music performances. Located in the Raval neighborhood, the CCCB is more than a Museum. It’s a cultural hot spot and local hang out and has a wonderful variety of exhibits and installations year round. This Museum caters to those interested in slightly alternative art forms and displays and fuels a creative and innovative vibe. It’s jus a short walk from La Rambla as well.

Recommended for Things to Do in December because: Featinr a fabulous exhibit this holiday season, the World Press Photo tour in Barcelona

Sam’s expert tip: Their exhibits change quite frequently so even if you’re not interested in what’s on at the time, keep checking for updates.

Read more about CCCB (Barcelona Contemporary Cultural Center) →

Photo courtesy of Plaza Catalunya

Barcelona’s city center hub and major landmark separating the old from the new; Plaza Catalunya is a watering hole for teenagers wanting to gather ‘after hours’, families on a Sunday afternoon, late night beer vendors, tourists and at one time or another almost everyone who frequents or lives in the city. It’s spacious, newly designed circle provides for an intimate place to gather and catch up with friends and in the summer the water fountain is on full blast and acts as a great backdrop for picturesque photos. It’s a short cab ride from the cruise port or a nice stroll up La Rambla

Recommended for Things to Do in December because: The only place to go outdoor ice skating in the city, during the holidays

Sam’s expert tip: Hard Rock Cafe is right next door and a great place to set for meeting spots.

Read more about Plaza Catalunya →

Without a doubt this is Gaudi’s crowning glory. Set to be completed in 2046, the Sagrada Familia is a Barcelona must-see. Even if you don’t want to go inside, the outside facades, history and master design are equally breathtaking. This was Gaudi’s last piece of work before he died and is still yet to be finished having taken more than 100 years already. The outside is breathtaking and leaves most people gawking, eyes and mouths wide open. If you want to look inside it’s worth it to take a tour or get the audio tour. The towers and elevator up provide for gorgeous city views as well.

Recommended for Things to Do in December because: A beautiful place to visit during the holidays, with special lights during the ‘season’

Sam’s expert tip: Be sure to go early if you want to enter the Church, or reserve tickets online before hand.

Read more about La Sagrada Familia →

Photo courtesy of Happy Melly Facebook

As the term work-life fusion gains traction (as opposed to work life balance) many people are combining their vacations with a few emails and virtual meetings ie the: ‘Workation’. Barcelona’s Happy Melly branch is a great way to connect with like-minded vacationers who are trying to achieve the right balance while visiting the city. Dedicated to helping people be happier at work its Barcelona hub is a wonderful resource if you’re looking to find the best co-working spaces, cafes with free wifi or if you just want to discover best practices for living a happy life, especially while on the road.

Recommended for Things to Do in December because: A unique ‘extra’ for people wanting to get the most out of their vacation and infuse a bit of work-life balance

Sam’s expert tip: Ask about upcoming challenge weeks to see if there are any in Barcelona during your stay

Read more about Happy Melly →

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Barcelona in December: in figures, facts, photos

Barcelona in December will enchant everyone who has been in the atmosphere of an enchanting holiday. Barcelona is like a fairy tale in any month of the year, but December holds a special place in her life.

Although December is not the most pleasant month in terms of weather, but the impressions and emotions that it gives people are amazing and unforgettable.

In December, Barcelona is full of pre-New Year bustle and bright holiday colors. Celebration and magical atmosphere reign in the city around the clock.

What kind of weather does Barcelona have in December? Although the concept of comfort is individual for everyone, it should be taken into account that in December in Barcelona it will be + 13..+17 °C during the day, at night – +8..+10°C. The water in the sea will also be cool, up to +13..+15°.

Another important fact that should be taken into account in Barcelona in December is the temperature instability, sometimes +14°C, sometimes +20°C, sometimes +10°C. All this in just a few hours. At the same time, December in Barcelona will please you with almost calm weather and dry air.

Bathing season in Barcelona in December

In December, Barcelona will not please those who like to soak up the beach under the bright and warm sun. But even in winter, there are daredevils in Barcelona trying not just to go into the water, but plunging into strong waves at full speed, we are talking about surfers.

There are many surfers in Barcelona in winter and they do not feel uncomfortable with the water temperature, which is around 13 -14°C. Most likely in Barcelona in December you will prefer another pastime to a beach holiday, near the sea at this time it is cool and the wind is burning and cold.

Packing a suitcase for Barcelona

In December, Barcelona is changeable. We advise you to put things in a suitcase for different situations, of course, you should not surprise the people of Barcelona by appearing in a winter down jacket and a fur coat. But stocking up for a trip to Barcelona in winter with jackets, coats, warm jumpers is necessary. Be sure to take gloves and a scarf with you, in windy weather they are indispensable.

When the sun sets in the evenings, it is windy. From shoes, demi-season boots and boots, sneakers, sneakers, shoes or closed ballet flats are quite suitable.

How to dress in Barcelona in December

To help you out on the Internet, look for photos of Barcelona people walking around the city in December. More precisely, random photos taken on the streets of Barcelona in winter, no one will give advice.

Interesting events and activities in Barcelona in December

1 Santa Lucia Christmas Market oh holiday.

2Buff Epic Run Barcelona

This December joke is very similar to the steeplechase, but the people are dressed in carnival costumes. A fun event that starts at the walls of the Montjuic castle at 11:00 am, it is worth seeing, it is better to book places in advance.

3Christmas in Barcelona

Winter in Barcelona will give you an unforgettable Christmas. Mass festivities continue until nine o’clock in the evening, after which everyone rushes home, where a festive dinner is expected. Traditionally, Christmas is a family holiday. The second day of Christmas in Barcelona is Boxing Day.

4New Year in Barcelona

But the New Year’s secular holiday is celebrated not at home, but on the Plaza de España, where everyone tends to eat 12 grapes and wait for good luck and miracles.

Things to do in Barcelona in December. Our Tips

December is a magical month in Barcelona. The atmosphere of Christmas hovers in the city in every alley.

You can:

  • walk endlessly along the sunny streets
  • pop into the nearest churreria for freshly made churros and hot chocolate
  • walk around museums without long queues;
  • enjoy a Christmas story, pr.

We advise you to buy tickets for local attractions in advance. You can do this at the link on the official ticket platform.

Barcelona in December is the most interesting exhibitions and museums. You can learn a lot of new and interesting things in Barcelona in winter.

  • How to avoid queues at Barcelona attractions. Tickets for Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell skip the line.
  • How not to be deceived by local taxi drivers. Order a taxi in advance with fixed rates online. The most reliable service for ordering a taxi is KiwiTaxi .
  • Excursions in Barcelona with locals will help you to get to know this city for real. The best way to get comfortable in an unfamiliar city is to walk around it with a person who has lived here for many years.
  • We advise you to take out travel insurance so that there are no unpleasant surprises while traveling to Barcelona.
  • Barcelona City Pass is a one-stop card that makes organizing your holiday in Barcelona easier and saves a lot of time and money.
  • Hotels in Barcelona: is our selection and recommendations.
  • Bus Turistic is a tourist bus and a great way to get to all the necessary monuments of Barcelona quickly, with a breeze and comfort.
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Barcelona in December – FUNBCN

What to see in Barcelona in December

Restaurants, bars and pubs are open in the city, which are visited not so much by tourists as by locals and students. The traditional evening menu is available all year round. This applies to visiting Casa Mila at night as well as to fashionable flamenco shows. Even in winter, there is a lively evening stroll along the famous Ramblas or through the narrow streets of the old town.

Gracia – Barcelona’s authentic district

Sightseeing, the heat and the sea in summer is not the best time to get to know Gracia, Barcelona’s trendy district. Anyone who gets off at the Diagonal metro station and crosses the Avinguda Diagonal is surprised at how quiet and cozy the streets in Barcelona can be. Many locals live here, close to students, artists and artisans. In the heart of Gracia is the lively Plaza del Sol. Here you can relax in one of the many charming cafes, bars or tapas bars and watch how the locals and families spend their time. Rius and Taulet Square with its famous clock tower is also interesting for tourists.

The beaches and port of Barcelona in winter

One of the main attractions of Barcelona is its location by the sea and miles of sandy beaches. During the warmer months, so many locals and tourists fill the city’s beaches that it’s hard to enjoy the water. But in December, there is enough space for a relaxing holiday near the water, and many restaurants, bars and kiosks on the waterfront are also open during these seasons.

A walk to the sea is never boring. The port of Barcelona, ​​with its ferries, container ships and cruise ships, is one of the largest in Europe and the Mediterranean. You can also see everything from above on a Port Cable Car Tour from Barcelona. It is worth appreciating the fantastic sea views from the Columbus monument located in the harbour, as well as visiting the aquarium, also located in the port, one of the main attractions of Barcelona.

Sightseeing tours

Judging by the reviews of tourists, December in Barcelona is ideal for exploring the most interesting sights. The waiting time to visit individual locations is now much shorter. Those who are primarily interested in art, architecture and city museums will definitely appreciate the city, which is as beautiful in winter as it is in summer.

The best and fastest way to get to know Barcelona and its sights is a Hop on & Hop off city tour. During the winter months, you can ride the red and blue bus lines without restrictions and make unlimited sightseeing stops at various stops. If you want to sit outside in open double-decker buses, you should certainly consider wearing warm enough clothing.