Lighting the Christmas lights of Barcelona


It would be nice if the Christmas lights were lit with a switch from the ones before, those with a wooden handle and two or three metal sheets, the so-called switch levers. But that would be as if the Olympic torches were always lit in the same way, which would deprive us of creativity and surprise. Last year, for example, the power button was pressed by a pole vaulter.

The ceremony and the opening party for the lighting of Christmas Lights in Barcelona will be held this year in Plaça Catalunya. The Ponten Pie company will offer us its Ombrana show in which more than 20 artists will make us enjoy a circus and music show. This year Barcelona launches a new lighting model with which it claims to be a city of design. In addition, the idea will be to extend the new model to other areas of Barcelona in the coming years. The Antoni Arola Studio has created the new lighting for Plaça Catalunya, Gran Via and Aragó street. The Ronda Sant Pere will have Christmas lights for the first time, and it is added to the roads illuminated in recent years by the City Council such as Via Laietana, Urquinaona square, Balmes, Catalunya square, Aragó street, Gran Via and Avinguda Paral·lel.

Opening day: November 24.
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Opening hours of the Christmas lights in 2021 / 2022

The lighting of the Christmas lights this year is two days earlier than the previous year and, as usual, the lights will be turned on every day. The Christmas lights will be turned on on November 24th and will be turned off on January 6th.

  • From Sunday to Thursday: from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: from 5:30 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • On New Year's Eve and Three Kings' Eve: from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.