Shop for traditional Catalan Christmas Decorations at Barcelona's Christmas Market
Barcelona's Fira de Santa Llúcia may not be as big or diverse as some of the Christmas Markets in other parts of Europe, but it has some very unique decorations. There's the Caganer, a long-time figure in Catalan nativity scenes, that's most often outfitted in traditional clothes, shown pants down and relieving himself. Supposedly this tradition Of course, the caganer is so popular in Catalonia that some locals collect them, and so at the market there are also caganers of celebrities, politicians, and historical figures. Explanations for the presence of this strange figure in Catalan nativity scenes range from humor and good luck, to the idea that all men are equal, as all men defecate.
Another decoration unique to Catalonia is the Tió de Nadal, a log propped up on two legs, with a face painted on it, sometimes wearing a red blanket or a red hat. The Tió de Nadal, also sometimes called simply Tió, or Cagatió, is fed by children until Christmas Eve when they beat the figure until it "poops" small gifts and sweets.
At any rate, if you're in Barcelona between the first of December and Three Kings Day (January 6), the Christmas market is certainly worth a visit and there are also some local artisan stands selling earrings, and other non-holiday wares.
It's within easy walking distance of Plaça Catalunya, and the nearest metro stops are Urquinaona (L1, L4) and Catalunya (L1, L3). Jaume (L4), and Liceu (L3).