ICE SKATING & CHRISTMAS MARKETS
ICE SKATING ON PLAZA CATALUNYA
In case you´ve walked past Plaza Catalunya recently and wondered what the new big construction was, it´s an ice rink! This is the second year that an ice rink of 1200 square meters is temporarily erected on Plaza Catalunya, and it is also coincidentally the largest outdoor ice rink in Europe with space for 359 skaters. It will stay open until the beginning of January and ticket prices are €9 for one hour and €7 for 30 minutes which includes the rental of the skates. The opening times are 10.00 to 21.00 from Monday to Thursday and the rink is open until 23.00 on Saturdays and public holidays. Last year the rink had over 90.000 skaters and this year promises to draw even more! There is a changing area and a cafeteria in case you get hungry.
SAGRADA FAMILIA CHRISTMAS MARKET
Everybody who lives in Barcelona can testify to how impressive the Christmas markets are every year. The “Fira de Nadal a la Sagrada Familia” is the Christmas market at this world-famous church, where you can see over 120 stalls selling all sorts of homemade goodies. The market will take place daily from 10.00 to 22.00 until Monday 23 December and on Saturdays, Santa Claus will be collecting letters from children and giving out cookies and balloons.
DAY OF CATALAN CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS
If you´ve been living in Barcelona for some time, you will most definitely know who Caga Tio is. If not, let us enlighten you: He is a Christmas character that basically consists of a wooden log that has a face painted on it, normally wearing a Santa Claus hat. This wooden log then “poops” out presents for the children who hit the log with a stick.
To learn more about this (and other) interesting Catalan Christmas traditions, you can visit the “Diada de les tradicions I costums nadalencs de Catalunya”. This is the oldest Christmas market in Barcelona which is held in front of the Barcelona Cathedral in the Gothic quarter. The main event will take place this Friday from 10.30 and at around 18.00 there is usually a massive carnival figure called “Carassa de Nadal” which parades around the streets, spewing sweets for the children from his mouth. This parade is accompanied by the music of a famous pipe band and from 19.00 there will be more Christmas concerts.