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What to Do in Barcelona in December

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This post covers the top 10 things to do in Barcelona in December, including evening, free, as well as family-friendly activities. We have updated this post for 2021.


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) 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. Most free walking tours cover sites and subjects such as the Gothic Quarter, Gaudi and Modernist architecture.

If you miss any of the guided tours available, you can always just take our own self-guided Barcelona tour.

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


(2) Attend a Professional Sporting Event

Football (soccer) 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 Flamenco Show

Barcelona is a city full of music, which means fans of theatre usually have plenty of options throughout the year,

Although this won't necessarily be the case in 2021, there will be plenty of chances to see live Flamenco Shows in Barcelona throughout the month of December.

Here are a few of the best options available:

Find all the theatre and comedy in Barcelona here.


(4) 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


(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, 2021.

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 23rd, 2021.


(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) Visit Game of Thrones Filming Locations

Winter is coming, and there's no better time to see some of the locations where Game of Thrones was actually filmed. Catalonia, just around 1-2 hours outside of Barcelona, was the site of many notable sets in the hit HBO show.

There are a number of different tours you can take which will transport you to and from Catalonia to see these filming locations.

One of the most affordable options is offered by Gray Line, and one of the main sites they visit is the Cathedral of Girona. You'll also experience the medieval walls of the city and a variety of other sites tied to the Game of Thrones series.

  • Prices: €55/Adults | €42/Children
  • Dates: Friday and Sunday
  • Hours: 8 am - 2 pm
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • 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.

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) See the City From Above

One of the most noteworthy sites in Barcelona is the Montjuïc Castle, and it sits at the top of a hill in the middle of the city.

If you take the Montjuïc Cable Car to the top, you can enjoy the views as you rise to the top and then get an even better view from the castle itself!

This is the main way to reach the summit, and it's also a great way to experience the landmarks and historic attractions around the city as you ascend the hill.


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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, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: November 5th, 2021
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