What's on in Barcelona
We have a few odd Christmas traditions here in Barcelona, as this page shows...
If you are visiting Barcelona and going to be decorating the house for Christmas - particularly if you have a crib (Nativity scene), don't miss the Feria de Santa Lucia, in the square in front of the Cathedral until December 23.
As for those odd traditions, note the traditional Catalan figure of the "caganer", the (ahem...) "shitter" (as illustrated). You wanna buy one?
November 6-December 8
The truly outstanding World Press Photo exhibition, at the CCCB, includes some of the breathtaking images taken by photojournalists around the world in the last year.
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11.00-20.00.
Locking the world's leaders up inside on a starvation diet for a week or so would surely fix quite a number of the world's problems...
Until November 29
Supposedly one of the best in Europe (but then that does tend to get added to just about everything that is on in Barcelona), with this year's program (the 46th edition of the Festival) still to be announced.
- Info: Spanish
The "Encuentro práctico para profesores de ELE", now in its 23rd year, is a major annual congress for teachers of Spanish as a foreign language, now also with editions in Paris, Rome, Krakow (Poland) and — new in 2014 — Berlín.
- Info: English, Spanish, Catalan
December 27-January 4
Barcelona's annual "Children's Festival" (this year the 45th edition) is a great day out for kids - with basically anything you could wish the Three Kings (aka Santa) would bring you.
Starts December 31, 2014
The Barcelona World Race is a two-handed, non-stop round the world yacht race. Nine teams competed in the first event (2008) -- 25,000 miles in three months in (er, let me check...) an "IMOCA Open 60 monohull".
The last edition started December 31, 2010, and was won after 93 days at sea by the French boat Virbac Paprec 3.
Coming up we have Elton John (Palau Sant Jordi, December 6); and Marianne Faithfull (at the amazing Palau de la Musica, December 9).
For what is on in the way of classical music, opera and the like, see what's on at the Palau de la Musica and the Liceu Opera House (two places well worth visiting for their architecture, even if you are not that keen on that sort of music). Tickets for these can be obtained from ServiCaixa (see below)
Classical music is also on at the Auditori, home to Barcelona's Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC). Tickets for this can be obtained from Telentrada (see below).
ServiCaixa is one of best sources of tickets for concerts and other events in Barcelona, being run by La Caixa, the city's major bank. Tickets can be bought online or at cashpoints throughout the city.
Telentrada is the online ticket service from rival bank Caixa de Catalunya.
Tickets for many concerts can also be purchased at FNAC.
For football fans, one of the big attractions of Barcelona is its world famous club, Barça [website], with a visit to its stadium (preferably to actually see a game) high on your to-do list.
Next chance to see if Luis Suarez will actually bite anyone elseis in the Spanish League, with Barça vs Espanyol (December 7); PSG in the Champions are next up after that (December 10); followed by the return of the Copa del Rey tie against SD Huesca (December 10); followed by Barça vs Cordoba in the league (December 20); and then the first league game of the New Year, Barça vs Atlético Madrid (January 11).
A visit to the Barça museum includes a look inside the stadium itself, one the world's biggest.
Espanyol [website], Barcelona's "other" first division side play in a new stadium out in Cornellà (to get there, take the FGC train line from Plaza Espanya and get off at either Cornellà-Riera or Almeda).
Next chance to see Espanyol at home, the Spanish League games, Espanyol vs Granada (December 14), with a cup tie Espanyol vs Deportivo Alavés (December 17) next after that.
For utterly one-eyed reporting, see our Newspapers page.
See also our Barcelona Sports page.
For non-football fans, it's frankly hard to understand quite what all the fuss is about.