Santa Llúcia Fair, Catalonia’s oldest and most popular Christmas fair, opens from 25 November to 23 December in the area in front of the cathedral. This year the event marks its 230th anniversary with 286 stalls offering traditional Christmas products. There will be 123 stalls with figures nativity scenes, 96 offering greenery, 63 offering craft products and 4 selling friction drums.
The fair also offers an extensive programme of recreational activities. Young children can enjoy the Tió Gegant giant pooping log in Pla de la Catedral from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm on working days, and from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm and 4.30 pm to 7 pm on non-working days. Saturday, 17 December, brings the 23rd edition of the day for Christmas traditions and customs in Catalonia, with the parade by the Carassa, a masked figure that walks between the stalls, spitting out sweets for children, as well as puppets, choral singing and the presentation of the ‘Firaire d’Honor’ award, which this year goes to the journalist and writer Patrícia Gabancho.