Once again, the Fira de Santa Llúcia will return to redecorate Plaza de la Catedral into a Christmas wonderland! The market dates back to 1786 and is the oldest fair dedicated to all things Christmas. As Barcelona’s oldest Christmas market, it is traditionally led with locals and tourists spending Christmas in Barcelona wandering around the lively, festive stalls. The celebration has always been very popular, so much so that in 1860, when the epidemic of yellow fever struck Barcelona, the festivities still went ahead. This year, the fair finishes on 23 December.
Naturally, because of the cultural significance, it's the best place to come face to face with other Catalan traditions, like Caga Tió or the Caganer.
Originally, the fair was celebrated in honour of the feast day of Saint Lucy, virgin and martyr, (Santa Llúcia) on 13 December.
It is also said that the fair was a place for unmarried women to go, accompanied by their mothers, to try and nd a husband. They would attend in their best clothes and jewellery to try to catch the attention of their possible future husbands.
Every year, the fair normally has around 300 stalls selling a variety of Christmas themed items to suit all ages! Because there are so many stalls, the fair is normally divided into different sections:
Nativity scenes and figures: Talls in this sector mainly o er accessories for Nativity scenes, caves, figures, Christmas lights, baubles, candles and Christmas decorations for homes, crib scenes and Christmas trees.
Greenery and plants : In this sector you will be able to nd real and artificial trees, moss, tíos in all shapes and sizes, natural cork, lucky branches of eucalyptus, holly, mistletoe and more.
Arts and crafts: Hand-made products and accessories can be found in this sector, such as jewellery, clothes, decorations, gifts, and much more.
Drums and instruments – here you can buy Simbombes, or friction drums in English, as well as tambourines, whistles and other instruments.
As well as the many stalls, there are a number of other activities at the fair. There is a day of Christmas traditions and customs, which includes dance performances, puppet shows, a parade and more. Additionally, there is El Tío Gegant, which is a giant popping log on display, as well as folk dances.
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