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Sagrada Familia Christmas | Markets, Events, Masses & more

Why Celebrate Christmas 2024 at Sagrada Familia?

Famous for its iconic and artistic architecture, Sagrada Familia is also known for celebrating a wonderful Christmas. It is known for hosting the ‘youngest’ of Barcelona's three most significant Christmas fairs; the Sagrada Familia Christmas market, which has been held every year since 1962. The market and fair put on a nativity show for visitors with hundreds of stalls. These lit-up stalls sell figures, traditional cribs, candies, handmade gifts, food, and holiday delicacies. The famous Sagrada Familia Christmas light show, Christmas Concert, and the illumination of the birth of Jesus are not to be missed!

Is Sagrada Familia Open During Christmas?

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Top Things to do on Christmas at Sagrada Familia

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1. Attend the Christmas Market

The Sagrada Familia Christmas market, set in its gardens, was started by craftspeople in 1962. Since then, all the craftsmen gather and set up a fair of around 120 stalls. 

Traditionally held from the last Saturday of November to 23 December, the open-air market has a beautiful Christmas tree lit with decorations, and a variety of food making it one of the prettiest Christmas Markets in Europe. Try the chestnuts, sweet potatoes, Christmas candies, and chocolates that will definitely leave your tastebuds craving for more! You can also buy handicraft items, jewelry, hats, scarves, and other Christmassy items at the stalls.

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2. Participate in Christmas Events

The Christmas events at Sagrada Familia has three famous shows: the Christmas workshop, the traditional Christmas Concert, and the illumination of the facade of the birth of Jesus.

The Christmas workshop includes activities such as a handicraft workshop and decorating the Sagrada Familia Christmas tree. Every year, different artists perform at the traditional Christmas Concert. The illumination of the Nativity Facade is held four times a day and it is an absolute treat to the eyes. You can watch the scenes performed by great artists with soothing background music and a musical narration of the birth of Jesus.

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3. Attend the Christmas Mass

Attend and celebrate the international masses at Sagrada Familia every Sunday hosted by the Archdiocese of Barcelona for one hour. The masses are free for the visitors, however, the seating capacity is limited. Make sure you arrive early so you don't miss the chance to grab a seat during the mass.

The Sagrada Familia also hosts “Extraordinary Masses” that can only be attended by invitations. Check the calendar of masses to plan a visit for upcoming masses.

Timing: Every Sunday from 9 AM - 10 AM

Plan Your Christmas at Sagrada Familia

Getting Around
Where to Stay
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Metro
  • Metro: You can take the Barcelona Metro Line 2 (Purple Line) or Line 5 (Blue Line) to the Sagrada Familia station.
  • Bus: Bus lines H10, 19, 33, 34, and 43 have stops near Sagrada Familia.
  • Tram: Tram Line T4 will get you to Sagrada Familia.
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  • Budget: Primavera-Hostel (900 m away), Acta Antibes (750 m away), Bruc & Bruc (1.8 km away)
  • Mid-range: Room Mate Carla Hotel (1.8 km away), Sercotel Caspe (2 km away), Hotel Eurostars Monumental (900 m away) 
  • Luxury: Radisson Blu 1882 Hotel (450 m away), Hotel ILUNION Bel-Art (1.3 km away), Occidental Diagonal 414 (1.6 km away) 
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  • Restaurant Zed - Sagrada Família: Restaurant Zed, located near Sagrada Familia, offers a menu that is designed to satisfy various culinary tastes.
  • Sagradas Tapas: Sagradas Tapas presents mouth-watering traditional Spanish tapas and regional dishes.
  • Restaurante Tortuga: Restaurante Tortuga serves up Mediterranean-inspired dishes and a cosy atmosphere.
  • Royal Nepal: Royal Nepal will take you on a journey through Nepali cuisine, with aromatic flavours and diverse dishes.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Christmas at Sagrada Familia

How is Christmas at Sagrada Familia?

Christmas at Sagrada Familia is an extremely festive affair, thanks to the famous Christmas Market, and the many events such as the Christmas workshop and concert. You can also view the spectacular Christmas tree, witness the light show depicting the birth of Jesus, and attend the mass.

What's special about the Sagrada Familia Christmas Fair?

Christmas Market at the Sagrada Família has been held since 1960. The gardens in front of the basilica is adorned with Christmas decorations, including the tree. Craftsmen set up stalls, from where visitors can shop. You can treat yourself to some Christmas specials such as chestnuts, sweet potatoes, Christmas candies, and chocolates.

Is Sagrada Familia open in December?

Yes, the Sagrada Familia remains open in December during Christmas and New Year.

What are Sagrada Familia timings during Christmas?

Sagrada Familia timings during Christmas are 9 AM to 6 PM, Monday to Saturday and on Sundays, 10:30 AM to 6 PM.

Is there a dress code for Sagrada Familia during Christmas?

Sagrada Familia follows a strict dress code which is applied during the time of Christmas as well. One must completely cover their shoulders and sleeveless clothing is not allowed. So make sure to carry a jacket or a shawl in case. It is also advised to wear comfortable and warm clothing during Christmas.

What can I see in Sagrada Familia during Christmas?

The Sagrada Familia offers a wide range of activities during Christmas. There is a traditional Christmas market, a light show, a Children's Christmas workshop, a Christmas Concert, and the illumination of the birth of Jesus, all of which are not to be missed.

Is it worth visiting Sagrada Familia during Christmas?

Yes, visiting Sagrada Familia during Christmas is worth it. You can admire the architecture, light show, decoration and charm of Christmas, the special three events that are held during Christmas, and much more!

What events take place at Sagrada Familia during Christmas?

The Christmas workshop, the traditional Christmas concert, and the illumination of the facade of the birth are the three main events at Sagrada Familia during Christmas.

Can I attend the Christmas mass at Sagrada Familia?

Yes, you can attend the Christmas mass at Sagrada Familia on Saturdays and Sundays. Entry to the mass is free for everyone.

Is Christmas mass at Sagrada Familia free?

Yes, Christmas mass at Sagrada Familia is free for everyone. However, the seats available are limited.

Does Sagrada Familia have a Christmas market?

Yes, Sagrada Familia held a Christmas market every year from last Saturday of November to December 23rd. The stalls at Sagrada Familia Christmas market sell toys, gifts, food, craft items, and much more!