Weekend: Christmas fairs and the giant ‘Tió’ log come to Barcelona

Christmas is drawing near and the city’s Christmas fairs are back again. The Santa Llúcia Fair marks its 231st anniversary (1786-2017) with nearly three hundred stalls offering traditional products and decorations. The giant Tió pooping log is also back again in Av. Catedral, ready to poop gifts for children, while in Pl. Sagrada Família, very close to Antoni Gaudí’s iconic temple, the Christmas fair will be offering trees, seasonal decorations, nativity scenes and figures, craft items and local cuisine.

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The Santa Llúcia Fair, Catalonia’s oldest and most popular Christmas fair, will be open to the public from 24 November to 23 December. This year there will be nearly 300 stalls offering traditional seasonal ornaments and products. Specifically, the fair will have 123 stalls selling nativity scenes and figures, 96 selling trees, moss and herbs, 64 selling craft items and 4 selling frictions drums and toys.

A series of parallel activities are being organised to complement a fair which already offers something for everybody, such as the traditional parade featuring the Christmas Carassa figure and the 24th meeting for Catalan Christmas traditions and customs, with the Firaire d’Honor award being presented on 16 December.

Very close to the Santa Llúcia Fair, at the Museu Frederic Marès, a nativity scene will be set up using a display unit format of over 35 square metres and featuring figures up to 40 cm tall.

Giant Tió log

Another sign Christmas is nearing can be found in Av. Catedral, where city children can discover a Giant Tió pooping log which has eaten so much he’ll be pooping presents for everyone who visits him. The Tió awaits children from 25 November to 10 December and on the weekend of 16 and 17 December.

Any child under 12 will be able to make the Tió poop his parcels in the mornings, from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm He’ll also be open on Saturdays and public holidays at the same times, as well as in the afternoons from 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm. From 11 to 15 December he will only be open to primary school pupils from the Ciutat Vella district, who will be taking part in a Christmas workshop there.

Sagrada Família Christmas Fair

Christmas is drawing near and that’s why nearly a hundred stalls are setting up in Plaça de la Sagrada Família, very close to the most emblematic building by the architect Antoni Gaudí and one of the city’s icons. The fair started in the 1960s and since then has become an essential attraction for those wanting to celebrate Christmas in the best way possible.

The fair is on from 25 November to 23 December and has stalls with Christmas trees, decorations, nativity scenes and figures, seasonal food such as turron and dried fruit and nuts, gifts, handmade items, jewellery and clothing. There will also be fried churros stands and stalls selling cured meats and cheeses.