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.
TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO
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.
- Alter Bridge – December 4
- Manolo Garcia – December 3 – 15
- Rosalia – December 7 – 8
- Bryan Adams – December 11
- Estrella Morente – December 20
- Carlos Nunez – December 30
(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!
- FC Barcelona vs RCD Mallorca – December 8
- Espanyol FC vs Real Betis FC – December 15
- FC Barcelona B – December 15
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.
- Location: Teatro Tivoli
- Price: €59+
- Find tickets here.
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.
- December 5, 2019 at 21:00 (9:00 pm)
- Palau Sant Jordi
- Find tickets here.
(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.
(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.
- December 7, 2019, at 22:00 (10:00 pm)
- Palau de la Musica
- Find tickets here.
- Where to Store Your Luggage
- Tourist Attraction Discount Passes
- Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tours
- Free Walking Tours