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Our First Christmas In Barcelona: Christmas Markets! (VIDEO)

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Happy December, friends!

Hope that this holiday season finds each of you well, and snuggled up somewhere this weekend with a nice crackling fire or a warm mug of hot cocoa with some twinkly lights nearby. ✨

Here in Barcelona, the Christmas season is already in full swing, and the city is abuzz with all sorts of fun and quirky Spanish and Catalan traditions everywhere we turn. Like, truly. From the cool way they do Christmas lights here (which would make Clark Griswold proud), to some brand-new-to-us traditional Christmas foods (yum), to the extra holidays they celebrate after the 25th to keep the festivities rollin’ (St. Stephen’s Day and Epiphany), to the infamous Caganers and Caga Tío (oh my goodness, who knew that Christmas could involve so much pooping?!)…this season is so much fun here in Barcelona, and it’s making us fall crazy in love with this city even more.

So! We thought that it would be fun to bring you along with us for our first Christmas here in Barcelona. So today, we’re kicking off a short series of videos to show you a new tradition each week or so. Beginning today with…

…Christmas markets!! ?? ?? ? ?

Turns out that Christmas markets are a Very Big Deal here in Barcelona each year. And this past weekend, they magically popped up all over town and having been buzzing 24/7 with locals and tourists ever since. The largest market in town happens to be just down the street from our flat, so we thought we’d bring you with us as we walk down to check it out (and then come home with a very special treasure in tow).

Hope you enjoy, and stay tuned soon for another very merry video to come!

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32 comments on “Our First Christmas In Barcelona: Christmas Markets! (VIDEO)”

  1. I love that Henry made it into the nativity!!! ☺️ Look forward to watching this series and living vicariously through you two this Christmas!

  2. You guys are just the best. Thank you for welcoming us into your lives in Spain. I can’t wait to see your next video!

  3. This is too fun!!! We bought a caganer of Darth Vader a few years ago when we were in Barcelona, and he’s one of our favorite Christmas decorations each year. Lol, always a conversation starter.

  4. This is great! Enjoy your First Christmas in Barcelona!

  5. This is so adorable!! I love this Nativity tradition and love that you can make it so specific to your family! I am really enjoying your Barcelona videos and look forward to many more!

  6. Oh my gosh, you guys!! That’s amazing. Thanks for taking me on your adventure! It turned out adorable!

  7. Wow! How much fun!! If that doesn’t get one in the Holiday spirit, I don’t know what will :)

    Looks like a fabulous time!

  8. Sooooo enjoying your videos! You two are super. Always make me smile to see you so happy

  9. Thank you for sharing this video…..really enjoyed it…….looks like you are learning the ropes there. Merry Christmas???

  10. Love the cheese plate for the Baby Jesus! Feliz Navidad

  11. New subscriber here and I am loving your videos! You guys are super fun and I’m glad I found your blog!

  12. always fun to watch your videos – you are so cute and fun – one day you’ll have your own show –

    thanks for sharing

  13. Love this video! Thanks so much for sharing! My dream is to get to the German Christmas Markets one day! Call me if you go, haha. Not to sure about the pooper people, but looks like a fun tradition. :)
    Christmastime is the BEST time!

  14. Nice vid! What I like about xmas in Barcelona is that it isn’t commercial. In the stores it isn’t even a big deal.

  15. I giggled out loud as you showed us your completed Nativity. LOVED the elephant holding the artichoke and the angel with the whisk. Soooo funny.

  16. Baby Jesus looked hangry, bwahahaha! I truly enjoyed this. so happy to see you two enjoying your time in Barcelona so much! it’s absolutely beautiful there.

  17. I loved the video! Thank you for sharing it.

  18. Not only is this my favorite food blog, but now you are my favorite travel blog. My husband and I will be in Spain for three weeks in the spring and I LOVE reading about and watching your adventures in Barcelona. I can hardly wait for our trip.

  19. Hi Ali! I can’t believe the little girl I used to babysit (ugh, I feel so old) is all grown up and having such marvelous adventures in Spain! I’m having so much fun watching your videos and will be trying your recipes! Best wishes to you and Barclay!

  20. So much fun!!!

  21. Oh my gosh – the funniest line of the whole video is “since Mary has been pregnant she hasn’t been able to have soft cheeses, so we got her some.” Too funny!!

  22. Oh my gosh! That was so cool! Thank you so much for sharing this! I really look forward to y’all’s videos, you two are so cute!

  23. .Really enjoyed the video. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. It is so beautiful. Looking forward to your next installment.

  24. Hi Ali,

    Your video footage of the Christmas market with both your and Barclay’s commentary/narrative makes me wish I was on holiday during Christmas time in Barcelona again this year!

    Well shot and edited too ;). Most of all, I just love watching about your new adventures there!

    Thanks for sharing!

    PS: I roamed around with a Tabasco bottles the 5 days I was visiting Barcelona (and had to purchase another two during the trip!). It wasn’t the same as proper spicy Mexican or Asian chilies so I feel your pain! Hopefully some of the delicious and exciting tapas are making up for the lack of spice! :)

  25. Loved every second of this. Thanks for bringing us along with you guys!

  26. Thank you for sharing this great video. have a great weekend.

  27. Love all the videos you are sharing from Barcelona!! What equipment do you use to shoot your videos? Are you using some sort of selfie stick to capture shots of you while walking? What editing program do you use? Thanks so much! Happy holidays in Spain!

  28. Ahhhh, you didn’t reveal a “Caganer” ! Fun video!!

  29. Enjoying every moment! Thank you both for sharing what most of us will never experience! ❤️

  30. Love your blog! Love traveling and can’t wait to go to Spain! I was in Morroco just recently for 3 weeks.. Spain is next on my list?

  31. I have just within the last few weeks come across your blog and since cooking is my most favorite thing in the world to do I’m enjoying it very much I did send an inquiry to you about why I am not getting a glaze on the candied pecans and perhaps you’ll be able to send me a reply because I’m new to this site I have no idea why you’ve moved to Barcelona I’ve been there a number of times and love love love the city so perhaps in one of your messages to bring me up-to-date and all the rest of the people who may be new you can tell us why you have to move to Barcelona