Cooler days arrive, thoughts turn to winter and Christmas which is the perfect time to read about the 5 Reasons to Spend Christmas in Mallorca. With a Mediterranean climate , longer day-light hours its the perfect time to escape.
There are numerous restaurants to choose from over Christmas and many hotels offer a ‘Gala’ lunch or dinner menus on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The weather at Christmas is usually made up of wide blue skies and short sleeves. Explore the island with empty roads to discover more about the culture and traditions, many of which you can enjoy and participate in.
The Christmas Lights
The Christmas lights which adorn the island’s towns and villages switch on at the end of November and Palma´s magnificent Christmas lights are switched on with a grand count-down ceremony on Thursday 23 November at 8pm and the shops stay open late.
In homes, towns and villages across the island you will see nativity scenes or Belens as they are know in Spain. Dating back to the 18th century this is the traditions of building your own advent scene.The Santa Catalina Market Belen in Palma is superb as is The March Foundation Museum Belen, with its ornate crib scene of Italian origin “Belén Napolitano” and 2,000 hand crafted pieces dating back to the 18th century.
Town halls across the island have Belens, reflecting island life and all the figures are made by hand. In the Plaza Major Christmas Market you can buy your own figurines and build your own to take home with you!
From early December the shops start to fill with Christmas Turron, made from a mixture of honey, eggs, sugar and toasted nuts, whose origins date back 500 years to the time of the Moors. The best turrons can be bought at Santo Cristo bakeries of Palma or Sóller or Turrones Vicens, Calle Bosseria in Palma.
On Christmas Eve the ancient and mysterious Cant de la Sibil·la (Song of the Sibyl) is performed in churches in the same way it has for hundreds of years. Sung always by a woman carrying a sword, accompanied by children carrying candles, it is sung as a chant, capella-style. Very moving.
The main events take place in Palma Cathedral from 23:00 and Lluc Monastery from 22:00 during the Misa del Gallo, the Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.
Palma’s two main plazas, Plaza Major and Plaza España hold markets from early December to the end of the first week in January. Pueblo Español also holds a Christmas Market and the Puerto Portals German Christmas Market opens on 14 December 2023 to 6 January 2024.
It is easy to criss cross the island exploring at this time of year enjoying food, wine, museums, galleries, the natural caves and historic sites. Or take a walking trail or hop on a bike. Plus of course plenty of opportunities for shopping with locally made souvenirs or take part in the cultural fiestas.
5 Reasons to Spend Christmas in Mallorca and so many more.
Click this link for a look at hotels to stay in – there are a few hotels outside of Palma that have chosen to stay open this winter in Pollensa, Sóller and in the countryside, all with excellent winter rates, plus of course further discounts with our special promo codes.
Enjoy Winter in Mallorca..