Sant Jaume announces Neapolitan nativity scene and a “fir tree” for 2023/2024

Barcelona, known for its rich Christmas tradition and commitment to innovation, is preparing to welcome the festive season with a touch of tradition and creativity in the emblematic Sant Jaume square.

Barcelona City Council has unveiled details of the Christmas festivities, highlighting a nativity scene and a “fir tree” that will adorn the square and captivate residents and visitors alike.

The Nativity Scene: a celebration of the Neapolitan tradition in Sant Jaume

As usual, Plaça de Sant Jaume will be the setting for a nativity scene commissioned by the Barcelona City Council. This year, the nativity scene will be designed by the set designer Ignasi Cristià, paying homage to the rich tradition of the Neapolitan nativity scene.

The installation, described as a “100% Barcelona nativity”, will be a work that will fuse the local essence with the spirituality of the nativity scene tradition.

In addition to the visual representation, the Sant Jaume nativity scene will feature a graphic display that will explore the history of nativity scenes, commemorating 800 years of this endearing tradition. Visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the evolution of the nativity scene over the centuries, from its origins to contemporary interpretations.

Ignasi Cristià’s work will be on display from December 1 through January 5, allowing residents and visitors to enjoy this artistic and cultural expression throughout the holiday season.

Fir tree inspired by the “Nutcracker”.

In addition to the nativity scene, the Sant Jaume square will house a 15-meter tree with a distinctive touch. This “spruce tree” will be a unique structure made up of small spruce trees, each between 2 and 4.5 meters high.

Mounted on a metal structure, these fir trees will compose a unique piece that pays homage to the first Christmas trees placed in the city.

Designers Gerard Riuldalbàs and Andreu Boluda, inspired by Tchaikovsky’s classic “Nutcracker”, have created this special installation that departs from the norm and offers a unique visual experience. The fir trees used come from a sustainable nursery in Sant Hilari Sacalm, thus contributing to sustainability and environmental awareness.

This fir tree will be a unique addition to the Christmas landscape of Plaça de Sant Jaume and will capture the attention of all those who visit the heart of Barcelona during the festivities.

Multiple Nativity Scenes to enjoy in Barcelona

In addition to the nativity scene in Sant Jaume square, Barcelona will have other nativity scenes in emblematic places. The Museu Marès will present a nativity scene in its courtyard, dedicated to Sant Francesc d’Assís, from December 25 to January 7. Also, the Pedralbes monastery will host a traditional nativity scene from December 16 to January 2.

Barcelona promises to offer a unique Christmas experience that celebrates tradition and creativity, giving citizens and visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in the magic of the festive season in the heart of Barcelona.

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