Christmas, New Year’s Eve… We all know the traditional dates to celebrate the end of year, but here at Nightswapping, we want to bring you the best of what Barcelona has to offer. Discover the five events we have selected  for you this December.

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A night with Hollywood stars in Barcelona

 Let’s begin with the Paseo de Gracia, one of the most famous streets in the city and which, despite its incredible Christmas decorations and modernist buildings, will be best known on the 4th December as the avenue of the stars. As of 8pm, the 5th edition of The Shopping Night Barcelona will take place. Experience the golden age of Hollywood while enjoying a glass of cava or walking around the shops which are fully customised for the occasion. Great selfies are guaranteed.
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Traditional Markets and Shows

Barcelona Christmas Markets

Christmas rhymes with tradition and gifts! Enjoy the Christmas lights decorations as you walk up and down the streets to  discover the numerous artisan markets where you can shop and find those perfect gifts. With more than 200 years of history and almost 300 stalls, La Fira de Santa Llúcia is an essential stop-off which is sure to delight anyone looking to decorate their creche with a Tió de Nadal (a traditional Catalan Christmas figure known as the “Christmas Log”) or other figurines as well as the famous Caganers (another Catalan Christmas staple).

Another essential destination is the Magic Fountain. At this time of year, its emblematic water and light shows are accompanied by the rhythms of carols and traditional Christmas music. To enjoy a panoramic view of the whole show, there’s head over onto the terrace of the beautiful Las Arenas shopping centre. Afterwards, if you are feeling hungry, treat yourself to some great tapas in any one of the bars which are found within the shopping centre.

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Barcelona challenges you

To end the year in style, Barcelona has a couple challenges lined up for the more sporty. On December 25th, the Copa Nadal is contested. This competition attracts more followers every year and consists of swimming 200m from the Port of Barcelona to the Plaza de Colón, with (or without) a fancy dress. It’s good fun for everyone, whether you are in or out of the water.
For the running enthusiasts, on December 31sr join the traditional Cursa dels Nassos – a 10km race on a very cosmopolitan route with sea views. Of course, fancy dresses are allowed and don’t forget to sign up to get your number for the race over here.

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Say goodbye to 2014 the right way


Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve dinner and the end-of-year bells are undoubtedly  this month’s highlights. To finish the year with friends or family, Barcelona provides you with a variety of festive options. These range from restaurants open all night long in the Maremagnun shopping centre, strolling through the sound of the bells in Plaza Catalunya or seeing the Agbar Tower with its stunning light show, to the New Year’s parties in bars, clubs or the fantastic Poble Espanyol. There’s an endless array of possibilities to enjoy and to welcome 2015. So, where are you going to celebrate?