Christmas Markets on Mallorca

From mulled wine to Turron – the Firas de Nadal create the festive spirit in spite of mild temperatures.

At Christmas time, Mallorca's capital Palma is festively decorated.

At Christmas time, Mallorca’s capital Palma is festively decorated.

Christmas markets are booming on the island and become more popular every year so that that each year one or two more appear. A great opportunity to try the traditional Mallorcan Christmas delicacies, and there are many of them: Apart from the most important Christmas treat in Spain, the Turron (almond nougat in differing variations) there are the dry, sweet polverones (Christmas biscuits which feel ‘dusty’ in your mouth – from the word polvo = dust). In addition to these there are all kinds of Christmas cookies, called crespells, and the Neules, ‘sweet snowflakes’ in wafer-form or the aniseed-flavoured potato bread (coca de patata) and much more. There is also, of course, gingerbread and mulled wine as Mallorcan Christmas markets are usually a successful fusion of German and Spanish traditions, the best of both worlds. Those who have not yet bought presents will surely find something here. And the Christmas spirit is free into the bargain, even if the sun is shining.

Where is which Christmas market?

On November 27, Palmas mayor brought the city to shine.

On November 27, Palmas mayor brought the city to shine.

Before the Christmas markets open, on the 28thNovember at 19.30 the elaborate and beautiful Christmas illuminations in the city centre are switched on. To ensure a good place to watch you should be on the Paseo de Borne well before 17.00 when the spectacle starts as it is well-worth seeing. On the 29thNovember, ‘Black Friday’, when shops tempt with offers of exceptionally high discounts, Palmas Christmas markets open their stalls.  Every year little wooden shops on the Placa d’Espana, the Placa Mayor, the Rambla, the Placa Porta Pintada and in the Via Roma open from 10.00 to 21.00 and spread their Christmas cheer. Everything is sold here, from the nativity figures, so important in this part of the world, and the glittering, multi-coloured Christmas decorations to specialised arts and crafts such as jewellery, ceramic, candles etc. – in fact a classic choice of Christmas decorations and gifts. The Christmas illuminations light up the town far into the New Year, and even the Christmas markets in the town centre stay open until Epiphany on the 7th. January, the day of the Three Wise Men.

The Christmas market in Puerto Portals has established itself particularly well in the last few years and has become a very popular international meeting place for winter residents. The wooden stalls, contrasting with the shining chrome of the nearby yachts, offer delicacies from all over the world – typical Spanish specialities, German ginger bread, Italian and Asiatic offerings and overall very varied gastronomic offers, and a large variety of unusual Christmas gifts for him and her. The market opens daily from the 18th. December to the 6th. January from 12.00 to 21.00.

Also in Santa Ponsa it’s Christmas again. A Christmas market which is especially for children takes place on the industrial estate Son Bugadelles with a Christmas bakery, roundabouts, pony rides, children’s flea market and the largest Lego exhibition in Spain. On the 6th. December Santa Claus arrives with Christmas gifts. For adults there is mulled wine, stalls selling all kinds of lovely things, and a stage with live music. This relatively German-style market can be enjoyed from the 25th. November to the 17th. December, Mondays to Fridays from 10.00 to 22.00. Entry is free.

A Christmas market that has been attracting visitors from all over the island for years is taking place in Palma in the so-called “Spanish Village”: thanks to the architecture – reduced replicas of particular Spanish buildings – the atmosphere in the Pueblo Español is always very festive and cozy. Here you meet for food and chat, the arts and crafts and the Christmas decorations are noble and high quality, and the island radio always donated a mulled wine. From 5 December to 15 December daily from 12 to 23 o’clock). The entrance fee is 5 Euro, for children under 12 years free.

Another popular and very lovely Christmas market takes place again this year at the vineyard Castell Miguel in Alaro on the weekend of the 14th. December to the 15th. December, from 12.00 to 20.00, with exquisite exhibitors, good wine of course, and Mediterranean cuisine.

 

On the first weekend of Advent, many locals come to the Old Town to admire the lights.

On the first weekend of Advent, many locals come to the Old Town to admire the lights.

 

Christmas spirit in the villages

 Mallorca’s villages are also decorated for Christmas and celebrate their own Firas de Nadal, and their Christmas fiestas have a special, very local charm. There follows a small list showing in which villages the Christmas star lights up accompanied by mulled wine and turron:

2nd – 3rd, 8th-9th, 15th – 16th December: Escorca – Fira de Nadal

2nd December: Santa Ponsa (town centre): Fira de Nadal

14th December: Cala Figuera (Santanyi): Fira de Nadal

14th December: Cala Millor (Son Servera): Fira de Nadal

8th – 9th December:  Sineu Fira de Nadal

14th December: S’Alqueria Blanca (Santanyi): Fira de Nadal

14th December: Santanyí  – Fira de Nadal

14th  December:Algaida  – Mercat de Nadal

14th – 15th de diciembre: Ses Salines – Fira de Nadal

Until 6 January, the Ramblas in Palma are iluminated.

Until 6 January, the Ramblas in Palma are iluminated.

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