Believe it or not, Christmas is round the corner, barely 6 weeks to be singing Christmas carols, eating Christmas shortbread (polvorones) and exchanging gifts. So, if you want to take a unique gift with you…you should keep reading! Hold our hand and we’ll take you to the coziest craft markets of Barcelona, as well as the most traditional ones. A must-visit if you are around on such special days!
WE LOVE CATS MARKET: 26th & 27th NOVEMBER AT EL CREC
We Love Cats Market – Facebook Photo We Love Cats Market
Let’s start with one of the most caring and supportive craft markets this Christmas. The We Love Cats Market, as its name points out, is a charity market supporting abandoned and homeless kittens and cats. A project led by Montse Casas and Vanesa Carrasquilla. A unique cause on its 5th edition already this 2016, on the weekend of the 26th and 27th of November at the CREC of Poble Sec.
Since its beginnings in 2011, this charity market has already donated around 7.000€ to institutions taking care and protecting these animals. So go ahead and surprise the whole family this Christmas with gifts that support little animals, on top of being handmade. Should it not be enough, Montse and Vanesa make a cozy selection themselves to surprise all people attending with the best designs and handcrafted products. This year, at We Love Cats, you will find women’s, men’s and kid’s apparel, home decoration articles, ceramics, jewelry and accessories, toys for children and pets and quite a lot of art and illustrations. All of which will be liven up by a foodtruck and some bakery stands.
Don’t miss it! Handmade with love, the perfect place to find the most special gift this Christmas.
- Web: www.welovecatsmarket.com
- When?: 26th & 27th November 2016.
- Where? CREC: 27 Blesa street, 08004 Barcelona.
FESTIVALET: 10th & 11th DECEMBER AT THE MARITIME MUSUEM
Festivalet –Photo formFestivalet Facebook
The Festivalet, has with no doubt become one of the most relevant markets of Barcelona in terms of design and handcraft markets. This independent fair of handcrafted and small scale manufacturing products celebrates in 2016 its 9th edition. It always takes place on the second weekend of December 10th and 11th December this year.
It presents a distinctive and select offer in various areas, most of them design driven: home decoration, apparel and accessories, gastronomy, materials and publications, among others. The date is perfect to get some Christmas gifts… What will you be up to that weekend? Come to the Maritime Museum and let yourself be surprised!
- Web: www.festivalet.org
- When?: 10 y 11 de diciembre de 2016.
- Where?: Maritime Museum of Barcelona: Av. de les Drassanes s/n, 08001 Barcelona.
OTHER TRADITIONAL MARKETS YOU SHOULDN’T MISS
Fira de Reis at Gran Vía in Barcelona – Photo de IrBarcelona
We cannot finish this article without mentioning the most traditional markets in the city. They are the most popular, most traditional and coziest ones. They are the ones all locals have grown up with, visiting and staring at the stands with a child’s excited look.
Saint Lucia Fair, The reference Christmas market in Barcelona. It takes place at the square right in front of the cathedral. This market sells exclusively Christmas decoration models and articles as well as other traditional products: crèche, models of people, animals and trees, etc. There, you will be able to find the iconic Catalan caganer, a really authentic souvenir!
-> You may attend this charming appointment from the last weekend of November until 23rd December.
Sagrada Familia Chrsitmas Fair. Plenty of stands embracing the Sagrada Familia, all of them with Christmas as theme: from Christmas trees and plants to food, apart from the typical Christmas decoration models and garlands.
-> You may visit it from the last weekend of November until 24th December.
Three Wise Men Fair at Gran Vía, this is with no doubt the perfect walk after Christmas, Saint Esteve or New Year’s Eve feasts. The Three Wise Men Fair hosts, as you may imagine, all kind of gifts stands: apparel, accessories, games, music… and of course, toys, sweets and all type of items for the little ones at home. A must-visit to walk along Barcelona’s Gran Via; coats on and go crazy!
-> From 18th December to 5th January, it’s ideal for visiting the night of the 5th of January, as it is open until midnight, due to the Three Wise Men being around!!! Shhhh!!!
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