Fira de Santa Llucia is Barcelona's Most Traditional Christmas Festival - Are You Going?

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With a history dating back to 1786, the festival features more than 300 market stalls selling a range of seasonal gifts, food and souvenirs.

The Fira de Santa Llucia is a Christmas fair that takes place every year from November 28th to December 23rd on the steps outside Barcelona Cathedral and is a must for those keen to snap up some gifts and get into the festive spirit.

Those staying in hotels in Barcelona (http://www.laterooms.com/en/k15765562_barcelona-hotels.aspx) this winter will have the chance to attend one of Catalonia's most traditional festivals.

The Fira de Santa Llucia is a Christmas fair that takes place every year from November 28th to December 23rd on the steps outside Barcelona Cathedral and is a must for those keen to snap up some gifts and get into the festive spirit.

With a history dating back to 1786, the festival features more than 300 market stalls selling a range of seasonal gifts, food and souvenirs.

In addition, visitors can expect to see nativity scenes, musical parades and exhibitions, with something to offer visitors of all ages.

Children will also have the opportunity to see the caga tio - a giant smiley-faced log that gives out presents when beaten with a stick.

The mythological character is a Spanish tradition and many families place one of the logs in their home over the Christmas period.

Children give the caga tio food and cover him with a blanket to keep him warm at night in return for the goodies he delivers.

As well as enjoying the festive market, visitors may also wish to explore the stunning cathedral itself.

A spectacular example of gothic architecture, the impressive building contains the sarcophagus of Spanish martyr Santa Eulalia.

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