By Ben Mulvey
As most parts of Europe are shivering in Arctic temperatures and even battling snowstorms, Mallorca remains bright and warm and on the build-up for a Mediterranean Christmas. November remained warm throughout and December has started off with a nip in the air in the mornings and a chill at night but some of our 300 days of sunshine are still there to remind us of why we choose to live here.
But what does Christmas mean in Mallorca and how can we celebrate? Our Celebrity Christmas Guide will help you with everything you need to get into the Christmas spirit.
As November comes to a close, Mallorca undergoes a stunning transformation. Streets and squares in the capital city, Palma, light up with twinkling decorations, culminating in the breathtaking lights on the Paseo del Borne. The scent of roasted chestnuts and sugared almonds wafts through the air and locals enthusiastically participate in decking their homes. Intricately designed nativity scenes, known as “belenes,” take centre stage, often featuring local landscapes and architecture alongside the classic figures of Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus. Be sure to look closely to find a certain shepherd who is often found in these scenes with his pants down.
One highlight of the festive period is the vibrant Christmas markets, where artisans showcase their crafts, and locals gather to shop for handmade decorations and seasonal treats. Many of the local churches host lively Christmas concerts, and the sound of traditional carols adds to the island’s festive vibes. On Christmas Eve, the islanders attend the “Misa del Gallo,” the Midnight Mass, at the famous La Seu Cathedral in Palma whilst the expat community tends to celebrate at various restaurants around the island on the 25th. Christmas in Mallorca radiates with warmth, community, and a distinct Mediterranean charm and offers something for all the family.
Celebrity’s What’s On Guide – Christmas Edition
Aside from all of the Christmas shopping, food preparation and social events that are filling up your diary, there are plenty of exciting events taking place around the island in the run-up to Christmas. Here is our selection of the events that should not be missed for a fun-filled holiday season.
Christmas Wonderland at House of Son Amar
1st – 23rd December, Son Amar
For the ultimate Christmas market experience, look no further than the spectacular Christmas Wonderland at House of Son Amar. Taking place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout December with extra dates on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th of December, this market features over 25 stalls selling Christmas wares. The Kingdom of Alcazár will also be open serving festive food and drinks and Santa will be in attendance to greet the little ones. Some of the artists from Exhibit and Ohalá will present a special Christmas show in the auditorium in keeping with Son Amar’s breathtaking events. There is also an ice skating rink around the beautiful fountains for those who wish to channel their inner Torvill and Dean. Tickets can be purchased here.
Christmas Market at Pueblo Español
1st – 17th December, Palma
The famous Christmas Market at Pueblo Español is back this year in the charming purpose-built Spanish village in Palma. Meander through the cobbled streets and marvel at the beautiful twinkling lights, browse the various craft stalls or sip on a piping hot glass of mulled wine while mingling in the main square. Carol singers, a mini funfair and of course a visit from our favourite bearded gentleman from the North Pole make this a fun evening out for all ages. Tickets cost 10 euros for adults and include a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate. You can avoid the queues by booking your ticket here.
Christmas Market at Puerto Portals
14th December – 6th January
Head down to Puerto Portals from 14th December for even more glitz and festive cheer with this popular Christmas Market with over 40 different craft and food stalls. Shop for those last-minute gifts and decorations or have a few drinks with friends in the beautifully lit square and catch up with all of those people that you haven’t seen for ages for a Christmas tipple. The market is free to attend although it is recommended to get there early to secure a seat.
Misa del Gallo at La Seu Cathedral
24th December at 23.00, Palma
The most traditional mass, Misa del Gallo, takes place at 23.00 at the La Seu Cathedral in Palma. This solemn mass is one of the most important dates on the religious calendar when residents of the islands flock to Palma’s iconic landmark to hear the mass which this year is presided by the bishop, Sebastià Taltavull. For those who are unable to attend the mass itself, it is broadcast live on IB3.
As you can see, there are plenty of events to keep you and your family busy during the Christmas period so keep an eye on Celebrity’s social media channels and our website for all the latest news, festive menus and goings-on around the island.
From all of us here at Celebrity Magazine, we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!