I´m a bit of a sucker for Christmas especially the Christmas lights. Having tried New York for the shopping, Salzburg and Munich for the lights and markets in the past, who would have thought that Palma could deliver the best of both?
You need to base yourself in Palma and its environs if its Christmas razzmatazz you are after, as a large number of the ´resort´ hotels on the island have closed for a short winter break.
However, if you fancy the tranquility of the countryside or the mountains, you will still find plenty to do in the Soller valley for example or the Pollensa Bay area at this time of year.
The Christmas lights in Palma are switched on around the 3rd week in November and they really are quite something to see. The show goes on until the 7 th January. The Mallorcans know how to party!
Shops are open 7 days a week most until 20.00hrs or later, so there is plenty of time for Christmas shopping if you fancy a festive break.
Then there are the Christmas markets, which start as early as mid November and go on until early January. They are held all over the island. You will see them advertised in the daily English language newspaper, the Mallorca Daily Bulletin.
My personal favourite is Portals Nous, as much for the quality of gift on offer as for its location on this glitzy marina with its millionaire yachts.
Open daily from 12.00 – 20.00 hrs from mid December to 7th January. Just 10 km from Palma, easily accessible by bus ride, taxi or car.
The weather forecast
Its the 14 December and I am looking out at a dry and sunny day, expecting 19 degrees by midday. We haven’t had rain since September. The mornings and evenings can be cold, but between 11 am and 4 pm, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be strolling around in short sleeves! There are no guarantees of course!
For Christmas itself – Open or closed ?
Most definitely open!
On Christmas morning, you could be strolling along the promenade in Palma, Soller or Pollensa, or sipping a coffee and watching the world go by with the sun on your face, and it does feel a little naughty!
On Christmas day itself, lots of restaurants are open and many hotels offer a special Christmas Day menu.
The Three Kings
The Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, or night of ´The Three Kings´, is celebrated on 5th January all over Spain.
Bands are playing, drummers are making lots of noise and everyone is enjoying this joyous cavalcade in towns and villages across the island as they celebrate the arrival of The Three Kings, sometimes on horseback and sometimes even by speedboats!
But its the children who are most excited, because it is tonight when they are asleep that their Christmas presents are delivered just as The Three kings from the East bought their gifts to Baby Jesus.
Looking forward to seeing you next Christmas.
Feliz Navidad !