The Best Guide to Christmas Lights in Barcelona

The Christmas lights in Barcelona are here! The evenings are now brightly lit by a plethora of shining lights that adorn the streets of the city.

Barcelona is a city with wide avenues, tree-lined boulevards, winding streets and charming squares – 100 km of which are brimming with festive cheer. We’ve put together this guide to the Christmas Lights in Barcelona so you can revel in the start of the festive season and do some last-minute Christmas shopping under the bright lights of the city.

The City Council claim this year’s Christmas lights in Barcelona are bigger and better than ever before. Let’s see if it’s true!

Christmas lights in Barcelona
Christms lights in Barcelona – Pic by Mònica Moreno

When can I see the Christmas lights in Barcelona?

The Christmas lights in Barcelona were switched on last Wednesday 24th with an event in Plaça Catalunya. Despite the heavy rainfall that day, the act finally took place at 8pm with live performances.

These shining decorations will adorn the city until 6 January. The lights will be turned on between 5:30pm and 11pm from Thursday to Sunday. What’s more, on Friday and Saturday the lights will stay on until midnight, and on New Year’s Eve and the eve before the day of the Three Kings (6 January) they will stay on until 2am.

Where can I see the Christmas lights in Barcelona?

With over 100 kilometres of Barcelona’s street adorned in shining Christmas lights, you really can’t miss these beautiful displays of festive cheer. But, just in case, we’ve made this complete guide to the Christmas lights in Barcelona to make sure you don’t miss a single one!

Plaça Catalunya:

Draped in what could be rays of sunlight, this year’s Christmas lights in Barcelona’s central Plaça Catalunya are an explosion of celebration and aim to boost local commerce in the surrounding areas.

This new design by the studio Estudi Antoni Arola – which uses sustainable LED tubing – will flicker on and off, mimicking the beating heart of the city. Don’t miss the hypnotising lights that will also adorn the square’s beautiful fountains. What better place to take a stroll before doing some Christmas shopping!

Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes

This year’s Christmas lights in Barcelona on Gran Vía hang above pedestrians and passing traffic in the form of large cylindrical lamps of varying sizes.

Feel at home on one of the city’s main avenues with these comforting and familiar lights that replace the typical “chin-chin” and “muac muac” Christmas lights in Barcelona.

Plaça Urquinaona

The Christmas lights in Barcelona that adorn Plaça Urquinaona are a soothing shade of blue. Hundreds of small circles of light hang above one of the main squares in the centre of the city’s shopping area.

Via Laietana

The Christmas Lights in Barcelona will also light up Via Laietana in a festive display of sparkling baubles and adornments.

Passeig de Gràcia

Passeig de Gràcia, with the neighbourhoods of Dreta de l’Eixample on its right and Esquerra de L’Eixample on its left, is one of the city’s most famous shopping streets.

This is an unmissable stop on your tour of Christmas lights in Barcelona. This sprawling avenue, just like last year, is turned into a fairytale with twinkling lights that look like stars and delicate butterflies.

And after you’ve marvelled at the lights, why not discover some of the streets luxury brands from Gucci, Guess, Chanel and Massimo Dutti, and high street favourites including Mango, Zara and H&M. Or do a bit of sightseeing at the popular Gaudí houses of La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.

Carrer Aragó

This year’s Christmas lights in Barcelona on Carrer Aragó sparkle in the form of large-scale LED stars or snowflakes. This minimalistic design replaces the street’s famous ceiling of lights.

Also, for the first time the city’s name will be on full display. Don’t miss the large red letters spelling out “Barcelona” on Gran Vía (Bailén/Muntaner) and Carrer Aragó (Bailén/Aribau). Perfect for snapping an instagrammable festive photo!

Hospital Sant Pau de Barcelona

After being welcomed by city’s including Madrid, Berlin and London, this winter wonderland makes its way to Barcelona. From 22 November to 9 January, visit this fairytale-like Christmas Garden named “Els Llums de Sant Pau” (The Lights of Sant Pau) for a truly festive experience.

The garden is open from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. We recommend buying your ticket in advance here.

Finally, another place you can also catch the Christmas lights in Barcelona is Ronda Sant Pere. For the first time this avenue will be decked out between Passeig de Sant Joan and Urquinaona. There will also be shining Christmas lights on Avinguda del Paral·lel and Travessera de Gràcia.

And why not discover the Christmas lights in Barcelona from the comfort of the city’s Christmas Bus tour? Discover the most magical time of the year on a 90-minute nocturnal tour brimming with light, joy and festive cheer. Find out more here.

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