There's no better place to be during the holidays than Barcelona. In a city that's never too cold and full of spirit, this Mediterranean town knows how to bring in the new year and make the most of the holiday season. Every attraction usually does something special this time of year; from Gaudi's buildings which, 'enhance' their lights at night, to Passeig de Gracia's special shopping evenings and incredible discounts, to Corte Ingles' beautiful facade, the city turns into a wonderland of sorts. Even without the snow, Barcelona manages to make it feel 'fresh and wintery'. Every year a skating rink is erected in Plaza Catalunya, staying up for the entire month. It's ideal for families on the weekends and those looking for a different way to 'impress a date', or remind themselves of colder climates back home.
In addition to the city's monuments and lights, other holiday attractions include 'barrio' festivals (each neighborhood has its own celebration date) and restaurants usually have holiday promotional menus, including 2 for 1 drinks and specially tailored brunch and weekend menus as well.
Perhaps the biggest 'attraction' during the holiday season in Barcelona, is the fact that restaurants and shops are open on Sundays for the entire month of December. A rarity in this city and a welcome one, especially during this time of year.