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What's On in Mallorca January 2018

Three kings, local fiestas, music and cycling

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Jose Rains | Mallorca Reporter | Published: 3rd January 2018

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 islands biggest fiestas are set to make January the season to be jolly.

Check out what's on on this beautiful island to start 2018.

Christmas festivities & The Three Kings parade

Whilst much of Europe are winding down after Christmas, Spain’s festivities are still in full swing. If you haven’t had chance to visit a Christmas market this year, there’s still time! A few of the Christmas markets will be open until Sunday 7th January in Mallorca. Palma, Sóller, Andratx, Manacor and Puerto Portals Christmas markets will be open this weekend and 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 the 6th January, 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 the 5th January! If you get close enough, you will manage to catch one of the millions of sweets being thrown into the crowds throughout the parade.

Local fiestas

January is a great month to immerse yourself in some more local celebrations, as the Festes de Sant Sebastia (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 between the 13th and 21st January 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 21st 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 the 16th and 17th January, 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.

Music & theatre entertainment

Looking for something to keep the little ones entertained? Circo Alegria, Los Payasos de la Tele is at your service. You can book in for either a matinee or evening theatrical circus performance at Son Fusteret in Palma up until the 7th January.

Film and music lovers, it’s not too late to book tickets to see the epic Film Symphony Orchestra directed by Constantino Martínez-Orts. You can hear popular film tracks being played at Palma’s Trui Theatre on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th January.  

If rock music is more your thing then Think Floyd, is a must-see at Palma’s Auditorium on Saturday 13th January. The band is hailed as one of the best Pink Floyd tribute bands in Europe and you can catch them in Palma for one night only.

Sporting events

The Playa de Palma Challenge Cycle Race is the first big cycle race of the year in Mallorca. This 4-day cycling challenge takes place between the 25th and 28th of January. Being so early in the year, many high profile road bikers use the Mallorca challenge to kick off their seasons and with a diverse terrain from city streets, coastal roads and mountain roads, the course tests rider’s different abilities.

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