The Cathedral Plaza is the place for the big Barcelona event, the Christmas Market, that has taken place here for centuries.
The Barcelona Cathedral, which is on the Plaza, began its building process in 1298 and by the looks of the scaffolding today, the building process continues. It was constructed on top of the foundations of a Roman Temple and a Moorish mosque. And now, on the plaza is the colorful Santa Llucia Christmas Market held during the month of December.
Glum, weary, and catatonic is the look conveyed by the thousands of figurines that are for sale. Maybe these folks have traveled a long way. Perhaps they are overworked and underpaid. They are purchased for nativity scenes that Spanish families arrange in their homes for the Christmas season. One can buy real moss, lichen, and bits of bark to enliven the nativity scene.
I know the figures for sale are not real happy about the cold night’s task at the manger. Maybe they forgot the real message is love. And maybe when they get into a warm, loving home, they will brighten and hopefully celebrate joy.
Many of the booths sell accoutrements like tiny clay pots and baskets, camels, and people that would like to hang out with Baby Jesus. One of the figurines is of Mary standing at a table making a salad. Good to eat greens when you are pregnant. The smell of Christmas trees and beautiful evergreen branches add to the holiday spirit. Christmas trees are not as popular in Spain as they are in the States so few are for sale. The bustle in the market puts you in the spirit of Christmas no matter what your religious/spiritual orientation. Looking for a great hotel when visiting Barcelona at Christmas? Check out the Scoopette’s hotel suggestions.
Hours: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Metro: Green Line, Plaza Catalunya. Or Yellow Line, Urquinanoa.
Where are your favorite Christmas markets?
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