Plaça Sant Jaume, Barcelona | Photo: Tom Walton
We don't go quite so over the top with our Christmas decorations in Barcelona as you do in other countries (I'm thinking particularly about Britain).
In the central Plaça Sant Jaume there's a Nativity scene every year — which people look forward to in part to see what on earth they'll think up this year (no one has ever forgiven them the cardboard cutout figures, or the Butano man, or the fact that there's no caganer, which is the traditional Catalan figure…). This year it's back to a very traditional scene (but still no caganer…).
If you're Christmas shopping, most of the Barcelona shops will be open over the weekend — despite the fact that both Saturday and Monday are officially holidays.
Don't miss the Fira de Santa Llúcia, in front of the cathedral, will you…?