This beach-side destination may not be on top of your list for winter travel destinations, however, Barcelona is full of seasonal festivities to check out. Although the beach is out of the question, there are other events and places to explore in December. From markets with delicious festive treats and taste tours to international Jazz concerts and acrobatic performances, here are the top four things to do and see in Barcelona in December.

Santa Maria del Pi

Located in Barcelona’s Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter), the yearly market called Santa Maria del Pi offers visitors a tremendous amount of holiday favorites such as cheese, wine, El Pa de Nadal, specialty chocolates, turron and different types of cakes to eat. Whether you like sweet or savory, this market is the place to let your tastebuds go wild. And since almost all the treats can be packaged, bringing some home as gifts is as easy as ever.

International Jazz Festival

Barcelona’s International Jazz festival comes alive in December with different venues hosting artists throughout the month. This year you can go see The Campbell Brothers, The Golden Gae Quartet, Pegasus, in addition to several other Spanish artists like Estrella Morente, Farrucos y Fernandez, Rita Payes, Elizabeth Roma and others.

Barcelona Taste Tour

Barcelona in December means lots of eating, and what better way than with a guided tour. The Barcelona Taste Tour, which has been around since 2009, continues to grow year over year, bringing together travelers from afar as well as locals who want to have a great time. The tour, guided by a knowledgeable local foodie, takes small groups of people through various restaurants and small eateries in different neighborhoods. You’ll be able to dine on tapas, traditional Catalan dishes as well as modern creations. Each tour lasts three hours and costs an average of $100 per person.

Messi 10 Cirque du Soleil

Barcelona is the first and only city in Europe where you can experience a new kind of Cirque du Soleil inspired by Argentina’s beloved soccer player, Lionel Messi. The plot centers around a young player who has to jump through hoops to make his dreams a reality. It’s a must-see spectacle you may not be able to find anywhere else. The show has been running since October and will continue through the 4th of January, 2020. To learn more or purchase tickets, click here.

Heading to Barcelona in December? We hope you not only enjoy your time there but also discover fun things to do with this guide. Safe travels!

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