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What to Do in Barcelona in December


This post covers the top 10 things to do in Barcelona in December, including evening, free, as well as family-friendly activities.




This top 10 list has concerts, football games, tours, and other fun things to do this month in Barcelona.

If you’re looking for even more fun things to do, make sure to check our other popular Barcelona posts: 

(1) Enjoy a Major Concert

Barcelona has several artists and bands coming through this December.



Click here to see all the concerts in Barcelona. And if you’re looking for other ways to spend an evening in the city, take a look at our full post on nighttime activities in Barcelona

(2) Attend a Professional Sporting Event

Football (soccer) and basketball fans will be happy to know there are several games to attend in Barcelona this December! 





Taking a tour of the Camp Nou football stadium is a great idea for any football fan, and a hit with the kids! They’ll get to see behind the scenes.

Click here to find all games and events in Barcelona.

For more fun ideas, check out our family-friendly section

(3) See a Musical

Barcelona is a city full of music, which means fans of theatre are in luck! 

Later in the month, one of the most well-known musicals based on Shakespeare is playing - West Side Story. You can snap along with the Sharks and the Jets from December 20 - 30, 2019. 



Find all the theatre and comedy in Barcelona here.

(4) Take a Sightseeing Tour

City Sightseeing Barcelona is one of the more well-known names to operate in the city.

They are a hop-on-hop-off bus tour that will help you get your bearings in Barcelona and double as a convenient form of transportation.



Of course, we recommend pay-what-you-like walking tours to start with.

If you're willing to brave the cold breeze, bike tours are popular with adventurous visitors.

(5) Celebrate Christmas at a Market

Barcelona knows how to celebrate the holiday season in December!

If you're a fan of Christmas markets, you can find several operating throughout the city.



The largest Christmas market is Fira de Santa Llucia near the Barcelona Cathedral. You'll find vendors selling decorations, trinkets, nativity-scene figures, and seasonal plants.

It runs through December 23, 2019.

Another popular market is Fira de Nadal de la Sagrada Familia, right in front of Gaudi's famous church. If you time it right you could run into Father Christmas collecting letters and handing out sweets.

It runs through December 24, 2019.

(6) See the Major Attractions

Even in the slow season, lines tend to get very long to enter La Sagrada Familia at peak times, so we recommend a skip-the-line tour.



December also means the ever-popular Picasso Museum should be slightly less crowded! 

If you’re planning to visit multiple museums, the Barcelona Card is a great option - and includes the Picasso Museum.

(7) The World of Hans Zimmer

If you’re a fan of Hans Zimmer's work, this concert will be a once-in-a-lifetime audio-visual experience. 

The orchestra will be playing some of his most recognizable scores with visuals thrown up on the screens.



You'll hear songs from The Lion King, Gladiator, Inception, The Dark Knight, Rain Man, and Pirates of the Caribbean, among others.

(8) Save More with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass

Save yourself more time and money as you explore Barcelona by purchasing a discount pass.

These passes bundle admission tickets to give you savings of up to 50% on regular retail pricing.



Attractions Available for Discount Include:

  • Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour
  • Barcelona Bike Tour
  • Camp Nou Tour
  • Barcelona Zoo
  • L’Aquarium Barcelona
  • Picasso Museum
  • Park Guell’s Monumental Zone
  • Montserrat Morning Tour
  • Hard Rock Cafe

If you’re really looking to maximize the time you have in Barcelona, using a tourist pass is the best way to do that.

See our Barcelona Tourist Pass comparison here.

(9) Celebrate New Year’s Eve

As with many other major cities, Barcelona puts on a stunning fireworks display at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. 

Starting around 23:00 (11:00 pm) on December 31st, you’ll be able to find live music, performers, and human tower displays in Placa Espanya by the Magic Fountain. 



The celebrations last until at least 12:30 am.

Of course, there will be plenty of clubs, restaurants, and bars that will be having parties and special menus.

INSIDER TIP: You can take part in an interesting Spanish New Year’s Eve tradition by attempting to eat 12 grapes during the last 12 seconds of 2019.

That is 1 grape per second and is a bit more difficult than it sounds.

(10) Amy Winehouse Tribute

Fans of the late Amy Winehouse and her striking, deep voice can enjoy her greatest hits at this tribute concert.



The tribute band recreates her biggest hits such as Rehab, You Know I'm No Good, and Back to Black.


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About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo,, and more.
Updated: October 12th, 2021
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