The lights are up already, and the Christmas markets are doing a brisk trade - the biggest of which is the one set up in the shadow of the Gothic Cathedral where around 300 stalls will sell a mix of festive goodies and decorations. Keep an eye out for the infamous 'Caganers'. You should easily recognise this cheeky peasant, who is a bizarre addition to the Catalan nativity scene, as he is squatting done doing a number 2. It's for good luck and happy harvests apparently. Check out celebrity editions of the Caganar in the forms of Barack Obama, Lionel Messi and other household names. On the 25th itself, check out the Christmas Day Harbour Swim which starts at noon in Port Vell and sees brave participants take an icy dip in the Med.

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