Christmas time in Mallorca is a time to relax, recharge, and celebrate. Whether you wish to use the holiday season to wind down in peaceful enjoyment or get caught up in the spirit of the festivities, there is a perfect scene for you, with some spectacular things to see and do.
The holidays in Mallorca are about spending time with family and friends, traditions which recognise the spiritual meaning of the event, and plenty of fun and pleasure. Feliz Navidad!
Restaurants to celebrate the festive season
While it’s true that a lot of restauranteurs choose to close their doors for winter, there are many that do remain open, often creating menus with a special Christmas flavour.
Dip into our guide to learn of the best places to join family and friends for a beautiful Christmas meal in a great atmosphere on Mallorca this festive season. Eat, drink and be merry!
Take a peek at our list of restaurants embracing the festive period with a spirited ambiance and special menus for couples, families and companies. […] Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations 2017
Christmas and New Year hotel stays
We’re lucky to have some of the choicest hotels in the world here in Mallorca, so what better way to pass some of the season than cosied up in their charming atmosphere?
Among those stays paying extra-special attention to their décor and ambiance are Sant Francesc Hotel Singular, in Palma, and Hotel Villa Italia in Port d’Andratx, which is planning a New Year’s cocktail dinner and party with free bar, DJ music and fireworks.
Likewise, Gran Hotel Son Net will hold a spectacular gala dinner and New Year party, in addition to elaborate Christmas and New Year menus.
The small, luxury Gran Hotel Son Net is an exquisite Mallorcan finca estate. Lovingly restored into an elegant sanctuary amid the rugged Tramuntana mountains.
[…] Boutique Gran Hotel Son Net
A seaview boutique hotel in the centre of Port d’Andratx offering an excellent restaurant – set menu and à la carte, a stylish cocktail bar and a spa. […] Hotel Villa Italia
The best boutique hotel in Palma is St Francesc Hotel Singular offering spectacular rooms, a roof terrace and pool, a divine restaurant and more. Book now! […] St Francesc Hotel Singular
Shopping for show-stopping gifts and decorations
Unlike the hectic consumerism in the lead up to Christmas elsewhere in the world, you won’t feel overwhelmed by a huge pressure to spend spend spend in Mallorca. However, Palma and the smaller towns offer plenty of opportunity for less frenetic, enjoyable Christmas shopping.
For inspiring gift ideas, pop into Knox Home Store in Santa Ponsa or Rialto Living in Palma. A treasure trove of interior items, Palma’s first lifestyle store is a gorgeous space in which to browse delightful Christmas-themed items.
Knox Design specialise in interior design. They are based in Mallorca and cater specifically to busy people who want a no-hassle interior design solution. […] Knox Design Home Store
Rialto Living in Palma de Mallorca offers a lifestyle store concept including interior design, fashion, art, gifts and a café to the well-travelled fashion and design-interested customers. […] Rialto Living Lifestyle Store
Your Christmas guide to bring love and cheer into your home at holiday time ….. Happy Christmas! […] Dreaming of a White Christmas
Have a look into our Christmas guide for the best addresses for gift shopping on the island to get anything from candles to Christmas trees. […] The Christmas Shopping Guide
A visit to Palma is a ‘must’ and what could be more fun than browsing in the local shops for unique products. Here is your shopping guide to Palma. […] Shopping in Palma
Pleasurable things to do over Christmas
While the popular North European perception of Christmas in Spain may be of a date lacking festive atmosphere, nothing could be further from the truth. Take a trip to a Christmas market for a stroll around the twinkling, bedecked stalls, sipping hot mulled wine, or head off on a winter walk. Puerto Portals and Palma’s Plaça Major both host wonderful markets, while Port Adriano is holding a Christmas Street Food Festival.
Palma’s and surrounding towns main squares’ are filled with stalls selling Christmas decorations and gifts – including everything you need to create your own nativity scene. […] Christmas Markets in Mallorca
Though rarely seeing snow, Mallorca’s countryside has a wonderfully crisp feel in December and January, with red berries dotting the hedgerows, and the earthy scent of wood smoke. You’ll find little bars and cafés in the smallest of villages, making for plenty of rest stops along the way.
Mallorca is paradise for hikers with the mountain range of Serra de Tramuntana to explore in a wonderful climate. Here is your guide to hiking in Mallorca. […] Hiking in Mallorca
Mallorca’s top 20 things to do and see in winter is a must-read if you are visiting the island between December and March. […] Mallorca’s Top 20 things to do in Winter
The winter season has a lot to offer. This guide gives you an insight to adventures excursions, the best live music venues and lots more to keep you entertained. […] Winter on Mallorca
Christmas traditions in Mallorca
The season officially begins on December 8th with the feast of the Immaculate Conception, and ends on January 7th, when a lot of tired-eyed children go back to school following Three Kings day.
The celebration of the three holy kings has a special importance in Spain. In fact the worship of the Three Kings is taken so seriously on the Iberian Peninsula and in the Balearics that the three Orientals are not placed into nativity scenes until the actual day of their arrival, the 6th of January.
This is not to say, however, that Santa Claus takes a back seat at Christmas. Due to so much outside influence, the irrepressible lore of Papá Noel is now firmly established in Spain.
Indeed, since most children go back to school the very day after Three Kings day, a lot of families now choose to split present giving between 25th and 6th January, giving them more time to play with their presents. Christmas day is also when adults exchange gifts, and prepare a leisurely feast to have at home.
What is the most important day in the Christmas season in Spain, at least for the kids? The 24th or the 25th? Actually neither, it is the 5th of January, Three Kings day. […] Christmas in Mallorca
The myriad of churches, sanctuaries and hermitages spread throughout Mallorca pay extra-special attention to their décor at Christmas time. Be part of one of the most important social activities on the calendar at Le Seu, Palma’s magnificent cathedral, on Christmas Eve. Midnight mass here is an awe-inspiring event, echoed at Lluc, Mallorca’s most sacred monastery.
Witness one of the Mallorcan festive season’s unique and most stirring musical traditions this Christmas Eve, in a choice of emblematic locations.
You could also take some time out to attend a traditional festive concert, scheduled to take place in Palma’s Teatre Principal on December 17th and 18th.
The sound of seasonal songs will fill the elegant Teatre Principal for two nights in December, with the theatre’s four choirs in unison on stage.
Or, for something different and full of uplifting soul, go and see the Alabama Gospel Choir sing at Palma Auditorium on December 23rd.
The festive season in Palma wouldn’t be the same without a gospel choir raising the roof with their joyful sounds. Get ready for an uplifting night out!
Christmas parties and celebrations
The Balearics continue to live up to their reputation for throwing the best parties, and Christmas and New Year are no exception. Fiestas and firework displays take place in towns and villages across Mallorca, while people of all nationalities flock to Palma’s town hall square for music and dancing late into the night, creating a wonderful atmosphere of good cheer.
Make it a New Year to remember by joining an elegant gala at Gran Hotel Son Net, or take in live music over an elaborate dinner at HPC Restaurant in Portocolom – complete with traditional lucky grape eating as the bells toll midnight.
One of the splendid restaurants in Portocolom. Delicious plates of modern Spanish food, a wide range of long drinks and a great ambiance. […] HPC Restaurant
Puro Hotel‘s December 31st event also promises to be a memorable night, wrapping up at 4:00hrs after a spectacular cocktail dinner, roof terrace countdown at midnight, and dancing in the Opio bar. Pre booking is essential for dinner, after which doors open to the public at 0:00hrs.
In the heart of La Lonja in Palma, Puro Urban Oasis is a boutique hotel, chic and cosmopolitan, offering a trendy bar, modern restaurant and more! Book now! […] Puro Hotel & Spa
Wherever you happen to be as the church bells sound midnight, don’t forget your grapes. The Spanish welcome the New Year in by eating one grape for each strike of the clock; a tradition said to bring prosperity and good luck. Buy yours at any market just before 31/12.
We hope that you found this guide to Christmas in Mallorca useful and that it helps enhance your experience of the 2016 festive season. The abcMallorca team are constantly on the look out for new and emerging places and activities on our beloved island, bringing you the very best of all Mallorca has to offer throughout the year.
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