Palma is ready for yet another balmy Christmas season on the island. The town council have organised a magical evening to celebrate the start of the festivities next Thursday, 23rd December on Passeig del Born, the city's main shopping street.
Conceived to entertain both children and their parents, the show will start at 17:30 with circus performers who will narrate how Christmas lights transform the city in a show called "La Nit i el Dia" (The night and the day). At 19:00, charities Fundación Nemo and Fundación Aldaba will turn on the lights. The evening will end with live music by Cris Juanico and the Balearic coral choir, who will sing Christmas carols.
Palma's town council have spent one million euros on this year's Christmas lights, with 22 new streets taking part in the extravaganza making it a total of 92 streets and squares. This means 250 kilometres of lights and 6,000 baubles and stars all around the city, which you can follow using this online map.
The official start of Christmas in Mallorca has been moved from Saturday to Thursday to incorporate Black Friday, which in 2017, is celebrated on the 24th of November. Local shops will offer discounts of up to 50% starting on Thursday 23rd until Monday 27th or 'Cyber Monday'. Many shops will even be open on Sunday 26th. A Christmas market selling arts & crafts will also take place on Avinguda Jaume III, right in front of Palma's large Christmas tree, on the 24th and 25th of November.