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Christmas at Sagrada Familia 2023

The Sagrada Familia is an unmissable sight on Christmas.

It is the perfect place to be in the holiday season, lit with decorations and festive joy. 

In this article find out why you should visit the Sagrada Familia for Christmas this year. 

Sagrada Familia Christmas Hours

The Sagrada Familia is open from 9 am to 2 pm on Christmas

These hours of operation are also applicable for the 26th of December.

These hours might change since the church is full of activities on and around Christmas.

For this festive season don’t forget to book your Sagrada Familia tickets in advance for a seamless experience. 

Visit Sagrada Familia Christmas Market 

The Christmas market at Sagrada Familia is a charming fete you don’t want to miss!

Craftsmen started the Sagrada Familia Christmas market in 1962.

Now, they gather in the gardens to set up about 120 stalls.

The market runs from the last Saturday of November to December 23.

It’s a lovely outdoor market with a decorated Christmas tree and delicious food. You must try the chestnuts, sweet potatoes, Christmas candies, and chocolates.

The market also has stalls selling handmade crafts, jewelry, hats, scarves, and other festive items. 

Look out for Sagrada Familia Christmas Events 

Around Christmas time, the Sagrada Familia buzzes with events and activities. 

You can attend workshops, concerts, festivals, special illuminations, masses, etc. 

Here are a few things you can do at Sagrada Familia during Christmas.

Christmas Workshop for Children

The Christmas workshop is designed for kids aged 6 to 12 and starts with a fun tour of the Temple, led by a friendly nativity figure.

The children play a game to discover more about the Nativity facade, where Gaudi explained the birth of Jesus.

Afterward, they get creative with a craft workshop, making a pop-up Christmas card for their home decorations.

The workshop takes place on Saturdays and Sundays in December, plus December 6, 7, 8, 9, 22, 27, 28, and 29.

Depending on the time and day, there are sessions at 10.30 am and 12.30 pm in either Catalan or Spanish.

It costs €8 for each child and adult and each child can be accompanied by up to two adults.

Illumination of Nativity Facade 

To celebrate the 800th anniversary of the first nativity scene, Sagrada Familia will illuminate the Nativity facade

They will be lit up chronologically to showcase Gaudi’s stone sculptures.

The lit-up scenes, including the Nativity, Adoration of the Shepherds, and Adoration of the Magi, will be accompanied by music and narration.

You can view this spectacle from Carrer de la Marina on December 20, 21, and 22. The sessions, lasting 10-12 minutes, will be in Spanish and Catalan.

On December 20, they run from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm, and December 21 and 22, from 7 pm to 9.30 pm.

Children’s Festival 

For the second year running, Sagrada Familia will be part of the Children’s Festival from December 27 to 31 at Fira de Barcelona Montjuïc fairgrounds. 

The workshop “We’re building the towers. Want to help?” focuses on central towers, revealing the inside of Jesus Christ’s tower. 

Kids aged six and up become builders for the day, creating a replica of their favorite Evangelists’ tower to take home.

Carols at Nativity Facade 

On Tuesday, December 19, at 6.30 pm, Sagrada Familia will host a caroling session on Carrer de la Marina in front of the Nativity facade.

Children’s choirs and musicians from neighborhood choirs in the Raval district will sing traditional Christmas carols.

The event is free and open to everyone.

Christmas Concert 

On Thursday, December 14, at 7 pm, music and Christmas joy filled the Basilica during the traditional Christmas Concert.

The concert had choirs from Agrupació Cor Madrigal, children’s choirs from Catalonia, and Sagrada Familia’s neighborhood choirs.

The Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès conducted by Pere Lluis Biosca, with Joan Segui on the organ, accompanied them.

The Sagrada Familia held a draw to give away 350 tickets to this special concert for two.

Wondering how to get to the Sagrada Familia? Don’t worry our comprehensive guide has got you covered.

Attend Sagrada Familia Christmas Mass

Join and enjoy the international masses at Sagrada Familia every Sunday, hosted by the Archdiocese of Barcelona for an hour. 

While the masses are free for visitors, seats are limited, so arrive early to secure a spot.

Sagrada Familia also organizes “Extraordinary Masses” by invitation only. 

Check the mass calendar for upcoming events. 

Masses are held every Sunday from 9 am to 10 am.

Midnight Mass

This year, on December 24 at 7 pm, Sagrada Família will have a special Midnight Mass for children to celebrate Christmas. 

Bishop David Abadias will lead the ceremony, and after, everyone will adore Baby Jesus on the Nativity facade. 

Attending Midnight Mass is free, but there’s limited space, so come early.

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FAQs

What special events are held at Sagrada Familia during Christmas?

Sagrada Familia hosts various events during Christmas, including caroling sessions, Christmas workshops for children, and traditional Christmas concerts.

Are there any unique features in the Christmas workshop for children at Sagrada Familia?

Yes, the Christmas workshop includes a guided tour, a guessing game about the Nativity facade, and a hands-on craft activity where children create a pop-up Christmas card to take home.

Can visitors attend a Midnight Mass at Sagrada Familia on Christmas Eve?

Yes, there is a special Midnight Mass on December 24 at 7 pm led by Bishop David Abadias, followed by the adoration of Baby Jesus on the Nativity facade.

What is the highlight of the illuminated Nativity facade event at Sagrada Familia?

The illuminated Nativity facade event showcases Gaudi’s stone sculptures in chronological order, including the Nativity, Adoration of the Shepherds, and Adoration of the Magi, accompanied by music and narration.

Are there any free Christmas events at Sagrada Familia?

Yes, some events like the caroling session and Midnight Mass are free, but it’s advisable to check for any capacity limitations and arrive early.

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