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What's On in Mallorca During Christmas & New Year 2017/18

The festive season is now well and truly upon us!

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Jose Rains | Mallorca Reporter | Published: 16th December 2017

With a dash of Mallorcan glamour and a tonne of local good cheer, the beautiful island of Mallorca glitters and shines over Christmas and New Year’s, making it an ideal place to visit on your Christmas holiday. 

A time to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends, and of course for the little ones to meet Father Christmas and to be spoilt with gifts and love. 

All across Mallorca at Christmas time you’ll find traditional sweets and fireworks, and streets hung with twinkling lights. Dine at cosy restaurants with stone cave walls and open fires, go to Midnight Mass in the local church or listen to live music spilling out over a busy square, coloured lights reflecting off the water. And when the sun shines (as it so often does in the winter), a beach club is a great place to be over the Xmas break.

With a fantastic choice of restaurants, including 9 Michelin-starred restaurants, you certainly won't be lacking in choice for a family meal or a special meal with a loved one. In fact, why not treat yourself to a visit to Zaranda, the island's only 2 Michelin star restaurant!

When New Year’s beckons, the whole island gathers for a celebration - New Year is called "Año Nuevo" in Spanish and New Year's Eve is "Nochevieja", so watch out for any advertised events with these names. While New Year’s Eve is brought in with fireworks and parties, the Spanish traditionally celebrate the 6th January, the Dia del Reis (Three Kings Day) with a feast, so you’ll also find some elaborate dining events and traditional parades and festivals well into the beginning of January.

The whole island is putting on an action-packed schedule of events over the festive season. Here’s our guide to the top things to do over Christmas and New Year in Mallorca.

December in Mallorca

The ever popular Christmas Fair & Ice Rink is hosted once again in the city of Palma, with plenty of food stalls and other handicrafts available. Most of the stalls are found around Plaça España, with others in Plaça Major and along the Ramblas. Open daily from 10:00 until 21:00. 

Almost every town and village in Mallorca has its own Christmas market, most of them celebrated on the weekend of the 16th and 17th of December. Alaro, Alcudia, Andratx, Arta, Campos, Felanitx, Llucmajor Manacor, Muro, Santanyi and Soller are just some of the towns hosting Christmas festivities in the lead up to Christmas, whilst Puerto Portals puts on a wonderful display between the 15th December and the 7th January, with some wonderfully presented arts and crafts and bubbles flowing alongside the mulled wine.  You can also head to the Christmas Fair at Lluc, Mallorca’s most sacred monastery, one of the most festive and beautiful markets which can be visited each weekend in the run-up to Christmas. 

If you want to get your skates on, then there are a few ice skating rinks set up around the island throughout December. Port Adriano is setting up a 300m2 eco-friendly ice skating rink, open every day from 11:00 to 20:00 (until 18:00 on December 25th and 31st) from the 22nd December to after the Three Kings Day. Skates are provided on the skating rink free of charge (the smallest size is a 25, approximately 4 years old).

There are numerous Christmas concerts and theatre productions taking place, bringing together a mix of classical, traditional and modern interpretations. Highlights include A Christmas Carol, taking place at Palma’s auditorium between the 15th and 17th December, and Soller comes to life with the different concerts and Christmas parties taking place on the 15th and 16th December, and Palma’s Christmas concert taking place at Teatre Principal. Cathedral from 23:00 and Lluc Monastery from 22:00 (Midnight mass). 

Finally, for those after the authentic Mallorcan experience, you must head to Palma cathedral or one of the big churches throughout the island after Christmas Eve dinner - remember that, in Spain, the big family dinner takes place on the 24th. During the Misa del Gallo, just before midnight, you'll be able to witness the oldest tradition in the Balearics, the Cant de la Sibil-la, a beautiful medieval chant that represents the sibyls' apocalyptic prophecy and has been declared a UNESCO world heritage event.

Take the strain out of Christmas, by booking into one of the many wonderful restaurants on the island for Christmas lunch. These restaurants will be serving their own renditions of Christmas lunch for a set price, so you can just kick back, relax and enjoy the Christmas festivities. Perhaps the Hospes Maricel & Spa in Mallorca might tempt you with their innovative menus? Or maybe the Can Cera Gastrobar? 

New Year's Eve in Mallorca

Want to end the year with a bang? Or how about a quick race? If you are in Alcudia or Magaluf then you should take part in the Sant Silvestre races. Put in a bit of exercise before you over-indulge with too much food, wine, champagne and dancing to see in New Year 2017!

The city of Palma will once again be hosting a great street party in central Palma, with free music, festivities and fireworks at midnight. Or for something a little fancier then you could try the Glamorous New Year's Eve Dinner Gala at the Valparaiso Palace hotel in Palma; this year's theme is Bollywood, where you can expect Bollywood style performances followed by an exquisite menu from the 7 Chakras.

There is no doubt that many bars, nightclubs, restaurants and hotels across the island will be putting on their own celebrations so you can just check out where will be open near you. New Year's day should, of course, begin in style, which means there are plenty of hotels and restaurants putting on epic brunches and lunchtime menus too!

The Three Kings in Mallorca

Unlike many countries, the Spanish festive season lasts well into January, and in fact one of their biggest celebrations is on the 6th January when all of Spain celebrates the Three Kings Day. The fiesta of the oriental kings (Els Reis) is celebrated in memory of the three wise men who brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus.

Even though the fiesta of the kings is on 6th January, it is on the day before that they visit all the places around the island and hand out sweets in what is one of the biggest parades of the year. The city of Palma has the main fiesta, but many resorts, villages and towns have their own version. Children leave their shoes out and some food - and champagne! -  for the kings and, next morning, there are gifts all around them.

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