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.
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 Christmas season with a festive ambiance and special menus for couples, families and companies. […] Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations
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, Cort Hotel, Palacio Can Marqués and Palacio Ca Sa Galesa Hotel in Palma, Gran Hotel Son Net in Puigpunyent, and Steigenberger Golf & Spa Resort in Camp de Mar and Park Hyatt Mallorca close to Canyamel.
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 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.
Take a look at our Christmas guide for the best addresses for gift and decoration shopping on the island for anything from candles to Christmas trees. […] The Christmas Shopping Guide
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’s central square becomes the only ice themed park on the island.
As we approach Christmas, town squares across Mallorca are filled with markets selling artisan gifts – find out which ones are near you! […] Christmas Markets in Mallorca
Palma’s most beautiful avenue El Born was filled up with crowds on 28th November ready to watch the Christmas lights switch-on. […] Christmas Lights in Palma
It is not every day you have a chance to do a double axel in Mallorca, but for Christmas in Port Adriano, get your blades sharpened and come slide and skate! […] Christmas Ice park in Port Adriano
Though rarely seeing snow, Mallorca’s 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.
December in Mallorca is a special time. Visit the island during Christmas season and be immersed in magical markets, traditional festivals and winter sun. […] Mallorca in December
The Spanish know how to throw a party and that includes a local festival. Come and join in the unique atmosphere in Palma, Montuïri, Capdepera and Marratxi. […] Local Festivals in December on Mallorca
The winter season has a lot to offer on Mallorca. Discover excursions, the best live music venues as well as events 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.
The Three Kings is celebrated on the eve of the Epiphany, January 5th, throughout the villages of Mallorca where gifts are distributed to excited children.
[…] The arrival of The Three Kings
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 La Seu, Palma’s magnificent cathedral, on Christmas Eve. Midnight mass here is an awe-inspiring event, echoed at Lluc, Mallorca’s most sacred monastery.
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.
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.
On Mallorca, New Year´s Eve is celebrated with family festivities and the traditional countdown to midnight is preceded with the consumption of 12 grapes. […] New Year’s Eve in Mallorca