Photo: Barcelona Activa

Photo: Barcelona Activa

Last modified: 21/11/2014

Barcelona readies for Christmas

Festive celebrations and activities kick off to make city a tourist and shopping centre this holiday.

Commerce is one of Barcelona's key economic sectors and that is why the City Council, with the help of local outdoor shopping centres, is preparing various activities this Christmas Holiday to promote local retail and at the same time convert the city into a tourism and shopping centre  to boost the local economy. 

While the city's Christmas lights have been on since November 21st there is a new feature in this year's celebrations with a competition for professionals and students from the design sector. 

The fifth edition of Barcelona Shopping Night will be held on December 4  along Passeig de GrÓcia and its side streets, with shops staying open until 1 a.m. in the morning. The theme for this year's event is Hollywood's golden years, which visitors can enjoy along with outdoor activities. 

A new Barcelona Christmas Shopping campaign has been launched to attract visitors from abroad during the holiday shopping period between November 20 and December 21. The campaign has been launched in seven countries (UK, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Norway and Russia) to promote the city as an international shopping destination, especially via social networks. 

At the same time the city is also preparing a New Year's Eve event, with its famous bell chimes and grape-eating to see the New Year in. For the second consecutive year the festivities will be organised on Avinguda Maria Cristina and the authorities want to make this a world benchmark event similar to celebrations in New York or Singapore. Vanguard theatre group Fura dels Baus is organizing a spectacular show involving fireworks and the fountains of Montju´c. 

Fundaciˇ Barcelona Comerš has installed Bargelona, an ice rink in Plaša de Catalunya until January 11 to boost trade in city centre shops. This year there will also be a variety of activities to promote the Barcelona-Pyrenees pre-candidature bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. 

The design sector will also participate during the Christmas festivities with a competition called Light up Christmas for professionals and students. 

Barcelona Christmas Shopping (in English). 

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