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Christmas & New Year 2019 in Mallorca - The best things to do

The festive season is now well and truly upon us

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| Jose Rains, Mallorca Reporter | Published
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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, making it an ideal place to visit during the Christmas break. 

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, 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 and 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, the island boasts nine Michelin stars so you certainly won't be lacking in choice for a family meal or a special dinner with a loved one. In fact, why not treat yourself to a visit to Zaranda, the island's only two-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 January 6th, the 'Día de Reyes' or 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.

Christmas markets

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 d'Espanya, with others in Plaça Major and along the Ramblas. Open daily from 10:00 until 21:00.

If you have missed Palma’s Pueblo Español’s Christmas market, fear not because many of the towns, villages and ports still host their own festive markets in the lead up to and after Christmas. Alaro, Alcúdia, Andratx, Artá, Campos, Felanitx, Llucmajor, Manacor, Muro, Santanyí and Sóller are just some of the towns hosting Christmas festivities in the lead up to Christmas. The market in Puerto Portals is one of the most famous in Mallorca and puts on a wonderful display between December 20th and January 6th with some fabulously presented arts and crafts and bubbles flowing alongside mulled wine.

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Ice skating

If you want to get your skates on, then there are a few ice skating rinks popping up around the island throughout December. Port Adriano is setting up a 300m2 eco-friendly ice skating rink, open every day from 12:00 to 20:00 (until 18:00 on December 25th and 31st) from December 20th to January 7th. Skates are provided on the skating rink free of charge (the smallest size is a 25, approximately 4 years old).

Son Amar’s Winter Wonderland hosts an ice skating rink that offers a beautiful backdrop of the Royal terrace whilst skating around their famous water fountains. This ice-skating rink will be open every weekend (Friday night 17:00-22:00, Saturday and Sunday all day 12:00-22:00) until mid-February. Finally, Ice Park Mallorca in Palma is one of the biggest and best at 420m2 and is open every day throughout December (10:00-22:00) by the station at Parc de Ses Estaciós. 

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Traditional Christmas celebrations

Those after the authentic Mallorcan experience 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.

Churches & Cathedrals in Mallorca

Christmas lunch in Mallorca

Take the strain out of Christmas by booking lunch at one of the many wonderful restaurants on the island. If you are looking for an option that includes the traditional Turkey meal, the adults-only Ten Mallorca in Sineu is serving a set menu at €65 per person including canapes and cava. Other restaurants will be offering their own renditions of Christmas lunch for a set price, so you can just kick back, relax and enjoy the Christmas festivities. Beach club UM Beach is hosting a Merry BO-HO-HO Christmas near Puerto Portals. Lume & Co is an excellent choice for the whole family to enjoy near Palma whilst Es Baluard Restaurant & Lounge and Portixol Hotel & Restaurante are some of our top picks in Palma.

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New Year's Eve

Mallorca has a huge variety of New Year’s Eve experiences to choose from. The city of Palma will once again be hosting a great street party in the centre with free music, festivities and fireworks from 23:00. The Son Amar NYE Dinner Show will provide a memorable experience with first-class entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Get glamorous at a gala dinner in Baiben in Portals for a top-notch tasting menu (€159) including champagne and wine. To continue the fun well into the early hours of the morning, nightclub’s Tito’s and Social Club will be putting on the biggest parties on the island – we would recommend booking your tickets in advance.

Many barsnightclubsrestaurants and hotels across the island will be putting on their own celebrations so you can just check out where will be open near you. How about a quick race before the party? If you are in Magaluf then you should take part in the Sant Silvestre race. Put in a bit of exercise before you over-indulge with too much food, wine, champagne and dancing to see in New Year 2020.

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New Years’ Day Brunch in Mallorca

Start your new year the right way, with some fresh sea air at Palma’s Assaona Beach Club's New Year's Day Brunch between 11:00 and 17:00. Or head to one of your favourite ports or beaches for a paella or traditional seafood at a beachside restaurant.

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Three Kings Day

Unlike many countries, the Spanish festive season lasts well into January and, in fact, one of their biggest celebrations is on January 6th when all of Spain celebrates the Three Kings Day, celebrated in memory of the three wise men who brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus. Even though the actual fiesta is on January 6th, 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 celebrates the main one but most resorts, villages and towns have their own version. That night, Spanish children leave their shoes under the tree as well some food and champagne for the kings – and some water for their camels – and, next morning, there are gifts all around them.

Towns & Villages in Mallorca

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Christmas and New Year are magical times to visit Mallorca. With the celebrations going well into January, why not book a quick, last-minute trip to the island?

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