Christmas guide in Catalonia for a university student. The key holidays

Are you a university student in Catalonia? From Unihabit we offer you a guide to the dates you should know about Christmas holidays.

Key guide for the university student of the Catalan Christmas holidays. Christmas is a magical time of the year to share with those we love most.

The illuminated streets arrive, the powder snow on the coldest nights, the hot chocolates and the movies under the blanket next to the fireplace. There are customs and things that are common in many cultures.
In Catalonia for the Christmas holidays there are some key dates that you must keep well in mind and know thoroughly to celebrate them with all those around you

From Unihabit university residences we offer a guide for the university student who does not want to miss the most magical days of the Christmas holidays.

Take the calendar and point out all those traditions that you can not miss!

Christmas Calendar in Catalonia

December 24: Christmas Eve and Cagar el Tió
December 25: Christmas Day
December 26: Saint Stephen
December 28: Innocent Saints
December 31 end of year
1 of January New Year
January 5: Cavalcade of Kings
January 6: Kings DayThe Carmel bunkers

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Cagar el Tió – December 24 at night 

Cagar el Tió on December 24th at Night is one of the most magical moments of the year. A tradition that is only celebrated in Catalonia but that has already become known throughout the world! So, if you are a university student in Barcelona, Girona or Sant Cugat, you can not miss it.

Days before December 24 at night, each family builds a Tió, with a wooden trunk. Normally, little ones are giving him food so that the Tió grows bigger and bigger. (Which means gifts and more gifts!).

On December 24th at night, with the whole family, they celebrate the tradition by singing around the Tió while they beat him with a stick. The best surprise? That the Tió “caga” (brings you) gifts!


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Christmas Day – December 25, fum-fum-fum 

Christmas Day, as usual in the other countries that celebrate this Christian holiday, falls on December 25. Normally, everyone in Catalonia gathers to eat with the family and celebrate Christmas with a delicious meal!

Christmas day menu:
1rst – Escudella and carn d’olla
2nds – Stuffed chicken (although there are variants)
Nougats and wafers

Oh … also we have the cava drink, to accompany any celebration! There’s also some other/extra gifts that always comes  from Noel, especially for the little ones of the family!

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Source: yocomo

If in the afternoon you still have energy (which certainly is!) Go see the cowherd boys or a living manger. History, fun and, above all, Christmas!

You are a university student in Catalonia and you have not lived Christmas here?
Watch this chapter of Plats Bruts, one of the most emblematic humor series of the last 20 years in Catalonia.

San Esteban – December 26 

In case the Christmas dinner has not been enough, the day after San Esteban arrives.

It serves a little to meet with those people that you have not yet been able to do and finish enjoying Christmas.

The tradition of the food that you should eat for San Esteban ??? A good cannelloni with all the meat left over from the previous day. To suck your fingers!


source: recetas de cocina de sergio

January 5 and 6 – The Three Kings arrive

The cavalcade of the Three Kings from the East, with all the gifts they leave for fireplaces and balconies, is that tradition that not only makes children fall in love with, but also the oldest ones, whether you are a university student or a spontaneous visitor.

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Live the 5th of January at night the cavalcade of kings and wait for the day 6 in the morning to the gifts. Do you think you have behaved well and someone will have brought you?

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