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Mallorca in January 2020 - What's on & what to do

Three kings, local fiestas, music and cycling

Featured in: | Jose Rains, Mallorca Reporter | Published
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Have the post-Christmas blues kicked in this week? If you are visiting Mallorca this month, you will have to turn that frown upside down as some of the island's biggest fiestas take place this month and are sure to make January the season to be jolly.

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Christmas festivities & The Three Kings parade

While much of Europe will be winding down after Christmas, Spain’s festivities are still in full swing. If you haven’t had the chance to visit a Christmas market this year, there’s still time. Many Christmas markets will be open until Monday, January 6th in Mallorca. PalmaSóllerAndratxManacorPuerto Portals and Port Adriano’s Christmas fairs are just a few to choose from. What better way is there to prolong the festive spirit than indulging in one more glass of mulled wine surrounded by Christmas stalls and music?

To end the twelve days of Christmas, on the eve of the Epiphany on January 6th, Palma and various towns and villages across Mallorca and the rest of Spain host the annual ‘Three Kings Parade’ as a tribute to the three wise men who brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus. The capital, Palma, hosts the biggest and best celebrations, which means people travel from far and wide to catch a glimpse of the three kings and their magnificent floats travelling through the streets of the city. Many other towns and villages put on their own rendition of the spectacle so, wherever you are, you are likely to come across one on January 5th. If you get close enough, you will manage to catch one of the millions of sweets being thrown into the crowds throughout the parade.

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Local fiestas

January is a great month to immerse yourself in some more local celebrations, as the Festes de Sant Sebastiá (Saint Sebastian) brings Palma back to life after a few days of rest. The city certainly knows how to start the new year in style, as it puts on a multitude of cultural activities, sporting events, live music and children’s entertainment in honour of the patron saint of Palma. The biggest night is on the 19th, when the city’s squares are filled with people enjoying live music concerts amidst the glow of the massive bonfires built to keep party-goers warm. The evening of the 26th is when the legendary correfoc ‘devil fire run’ takes place.

Another widely loved celebration is the festival of Sant Antoni (Saint Anthony) held in honour of the patron saint of animals. On January 16th and 17th, expect parades, bonfires and the dance of the devils that historically tempted Sant Antoni. The biggest celebrations take place in the northern town of Sa Pobla where this fiesta can be traced back to the Middle Ages. In the present day, the festival is also celebrated in many of Mallorca’s villages including Manacor, Artà, Pollença, Son Servera and Muro.

A more intimate affair is organised to celebrate Sant Julià, the patron saint of Campos, who is celebrated from January 9th to 12th. Mass, the traditional dance of Sant Julià performed by local 'cossiers' and BBQs in the streets all feature.

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Sporting events

The Playa de Palma Challenge Cycle Race is the first big cycle race of the year in Mallorca. Between January 30th and February 2nd, the 29th edition of this four-day cycling challenge takes place. Being so early in the year, many high profile road bikers use the Mallorca challenge to kick off their seasons and, with diverse terrain from city streets to coastal roads and mountain roads, the course tests rider’s different abilities.

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This is only a small selection of the events taking place in Mallorca during the first month of the year. Take a look at our events calendar for a full rundown.

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