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. This year, for example, the power button will be pressed by a pole vaulter.

The ceremony and the Christmas lights lighting party moves to the Ciutat Vella district, specifically to the Born Plaça Comercial. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will last approximately one hour. It will be the symbolic moment when the darkness of winter will be filled with lights to tell us that Christmas has arrived. This year's show will be directed by the dancer Sol Picó and will offer live music. Eight dancers will represent a family with children, parents and grandparents confined to a flat, with the idea of ​​reflecting on the emotions we feel during this pandemic. The event has been conceived to be televised (BTV) and without an audience, but depending on the evolution of the Covid-19 crisis and the regulations that are in force on the day of the ignition, it will be possible to attend with limited capacity.

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Opening hours of the Christmas lights in 2020 / 2021

Barcelona's Christmas lights will come on every day. More than 100 km of streets and avenues will be illuminated, the facades of the 39 municipal markets and lighting arches will be installed on Pelai and Creu Coberta streets and Passeig de la Verneda. In addition to the strategic streets and the large avenues that are illuminated every year, we will add Calle Balmes, Plaça de Catalunya and Plaça Universitat. Outside the city center, Christmas lights can be seen in Trinitat Vella and in commercial areas of neighborhoods under construction, and Via Trajana and Binèfar Street will be illuminated again.

  • From November 27 to December 12: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. / Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • From December 13 to January 6: Every day except December 24 and 31, and January 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • December 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
  • December 31 and January 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.