Barcelona to light up for Christmas on November 23 

Passeig Sant Joan added to the city's regular decorative streets

Christmas lights in Barcelona
Christmas lights in Barcelona / Maxime Van Cleven
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October 24, 2023 06:43 PM

November 20, 2023 01:46 PM

Barcelona will turn on its annual Christmas lights on November 23 at 6:30 pm with a special ceremony. They will remain up until January 6, 2024.  

The lights will be on every day during specific hours to save energy, following last year's reduction measures. From Sunday to Thursday, the city will turn the Christmas decorations on from 5:30 pm to 10 pm, extending it to 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. On special days like December 31 and January 5, the lights will remain on until 1 am.  

Some of the most decorative streets in the Catalan capital will be Via Laietana, Plaça Urquinaona square, Plaça Catalunya, Balmes street, Aragó street, Gran Via, and Paral·lel avenue. For the first time ever, Passeig de Sant Joan will be included in the festivities.  

Barcelona's commerce and markets councilor, Raquel Gil, considers the Christmas lights a "key" element for businesses during winter festivities.  

The lights will be designed by the Barcelonian studio Brosmind after being chosen by the city council for their "innovative and differentiated" proposal. 

In all, lighting up Barcelona for the holidays will cost the city almost €2 million. 

Plaça de Catalunya square Christmas lights on November 24, 2021
Plaça de Catalunya square Christmas lights on November 24, 2021 / Blanca Blay