We propose 10 plans for Christmas time that will allow you to learn about some of the most deeply rooted Christmas traditions in Catalonia, have a good time and enjoy the magic of Christmas with family, friends or your partner.

1. Stroll around in a Christmas market

10 plans for Christmas time in Catalonia

A good place to do your Christmas shopping or simply to stroll around or take part in some of the activities organised there are the Christmas markets that you will find during Christmas time all over the territory. These are the best Christmas markets in Catalonia.

2. Go see a living nativity scene

10 plans for Christmas time in Catalonia

The living nativity scenes are representations of biblical scenes from the Gospels with people in motion and dressed in period costumes. It is a good opportunity to visit towns such as Pals, Castell d'Aro, Brunyola, Bàscara or Peralada, as the different scenes represented will take you to different emblematic corners of each town and its medieval quarters. Here you can see some of the best living nativity scenes in Girona's area.

3. Enjoy a performance of the Pastorets

10 plans for Christmas time in Catalonia

The shepherds (els Pastorets) are theatrical performances with a touch of humour and satire of biblical events that culminate, attention here is a spoiler, with the birth of Jesus Christ. In many towns in Catalonia, the Pastorets are performed during the Christmas festivities.

4. Go play a Christmas Quina

10 plans for Christmas time in Catalonia

La quina is a traditional game typical of Christmas time similar to bingo. What differentiates this game from bingo, is that the person who is singing the numbers (the parrot) does so with jokes and traditional sayings giving a touch of humour to the game. Find out which are the most-known Christmas Quines in Girona's area.

5. Beating the Tió or Christmas Log

10 plans for Christmas time in Catalonia

Beating the Tió de Nadal or Cagatió is one of the traditions most deeply rooted in Catalan Christmas. Together with the figure of the Caganer in the nativity scene, they preside over many homes when this time of year arrives. But have you ever wondered why we have such eschatological traditions in Catalonia? We explain where the traditions of Cagatió and Caganer come from!

6. The 3 wise men parade

10 plans for Christmas time in Catalonia

The 5th January is probably the most magical day of Christmas time. Especially for kids, but we have to confess that adults are also excited about the arrival of the 3 wise men. In the vast majority of towns throughout the territory, parades are organised where you can wait for the 3 wise men arrival by land, sea or by air also.

7. Taste the traditional Christmas dishes

10 plans for Christmas time in Catalonia

Christmas is a time of family gatherings and meals around the table, which is why food plays a very important role. Some of the most typical Christmas meals are the soup called escudella de Nadal amb galets ate on December 25th, Sant Esteve cannelloni on December 26th, neules and turrons (nougats)for dessert and on the table and a good cava (sparkling wine) to toast .

8. Decorate the house with the trendiest Christmas decorations

10 plans for Christmas time in Catalonia

The most fun and creative part is the Christmas decoration, for the Christmas tree and for the whole house also. At Naturaki we have become personal shoppers for a day and have chosen for you 7 trends to inspire you and obtain a very trendy Christmas decoration.

9. Ice skating

10 plans for Christmas time in Catalonia

To spend a guaranteed fun time  with friends, family or partner, spread throughout the territory (Girona, Barcelona, Manlleu, Platja d'Aro, Olot , Puigcerdà...) you will find ice rinks installed during the Christmas period where young and old, professionals or not, can put their balance and skills into practice.

10. Celebrate the New Year's Eve

10 plans for Christmas time in Catalonia

There are many ways to finish and start the year, which is why we propose 10 examples to say goodbye and/or welcome to the new year in the most original way in Girona and the Costa Brava.

If a bad conscience haunts you after the Christmas holidays, don't worry because we also have a few tips ready for you to burn off the excesses of Christmas.
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