Updated in Nov 2022.
Are you new in the city? Or maybe this year your heart yearns something special? Since the beginning of the pandemic most of us really can’t catch a break, and this year, the urge for some Christmas glee can be bigger than ever.
As a big cosmopolitan city, Barcelona has a very opulent home decor shopping scene, although some chains have been struggling in the recent years (RIP Anthropologie and Hema), but there are plenty of other places still open, so here is my shopping spree list.
Specialized Christmas shops
The unique chain of Christmas stores with traditional Christmas decorations handmade in Germany has a 300sq.m shop in Barcelona, which looks like a fairytale Christmas village. Glass, woodwork and other traditional Christmas crafts can recreate for us the experience of visiting the famous Christmas markets in the North of Europe. The only part missing is mulled wine, but as a special nod to Barcelona you can find in Käthe Wohlfahrt a ‘caganer’ or black and yellow Barcelona taxi made of glass for your Christmas tree.
Carrer dels Banys Nous, 15 (barrio Gótico)
For over 20 years, Navidecor had opened a showroom dedicated to Christmas in Barcelona and other places around Catalonia. This year, sadly, we are deprived of their gorgeous store in the center of Barcelona, but there is one in the outskirts of Manresa, some 45 min drive from Barcelona (Moixeró, 46, 08272 Sant Fruitós de Bages). You can also shop Navidecor online.
Christmas on a budget
A chain with a similar concept to Hema, Tiger may lack its variety and choice of decorations, but personally I have bought A LOT of the cutest glass baubles there in the past couple of years, so in my opinion, Tiger deserves a spot on your shopping list. However, I strongly recommend you to visit one of the bigger stores they have around the city, such as the one in Urquinaona.
Carrer Comtal, 32, (El Gótico)
If you’re yearning for some Disney-themed Christmas tree baubles, you’re likely to find them in Primark. Mickey Mouse, Lilo & Stich, and even Harry Potter are some of the franchises that can sneak onto your tree after a visit to Primark. Some of their basics are pretty nice too, and very reasonably prices, as one can expect.
The biggest Primark in Barcelona is located at the very heart of the city – Plaça de Catalunya, 23.
Alcampo and Carrefour
Even you don’t do your grocery shopping in one of these hypermarkets, it is absolutely worth to pay them both a visit these days. They have some very affordable and nice pieces of Christmas decor, which can be especially useful if you’re into DIY. Thus, I used a wreath from Carrefour as a base for my DIY Christmas wreath.
Recently, this Spanish retailer has been offering increasingly cool and trendy design, and their Christmas collection has some beautiful ornaments and accompanying home furnishings. While the store in Diagonal Mar C.C. will apparently remain closed until Dec. 21, you may head to the other one, at Diagonal, a few steps away from Maisons du Monde and a bunch of other cool shopping places.
Avinguda Diagonal, 407 (Eixample)
Some very special places
Just a few meters away from Käthe Wohlfahrt, you will find a big yet charming showroom in a historical building, which deserves a visit all year long, but their Christmas decor selection is really special. Think anything whimsical, kitsch or altogether different to hang on your tree – a mermaid, a jellyfish, a surfer Santa, or a bulldog in a ballet skirt – you’ll find it there. A must visit!
Carrer dels Banys Nous, 10 (barrio Gótico)
Maisons du Monde
MdM is still an unparalleled place in Barcelona to shop furniture and home decor in terms of variety of styles and price/quality ratio. Their Christmas collection is chic and caters to all tastes and wallets. Whether you’re looking for traditional red and green ornaments, white and wood Scandi vibes or something more fancy, I promise you won’t leave this store empty-handed.
Avinguda Diagonal, 405 (Eixample)
El Corte Inglés
Their Christmas shops are always gleeful, pretty and packed with everything you may need – from trees to nutcrackers, decorative reindeers and snowballs.
Plaça de Catalunya, 14
I absolutely love Christmas markets in Barcelona. They are not your typical ‘winter wonderland’ fairs found to the North from Spain, and mulled wine and real snow are a thing many of us miss, but they are still fun, and give a great insight into local Christmas traditions.
Christmas markets are already up and running, so pop to Sagrada Familia or la Fira de Santa Llúcia in front of the Cathedral if you’re looking for a fresh pine tree, a poinsettia or a ‘Caganer’.
You prefer online shops?
Westwing España traditionally has a gorgeous selection of Christmas products. You need to be registered to view the offers, and if you’re new to Westwing, use this link to sign up before November 29, and get 50€ off your first purchase (min spend 150€).