Christmas in Majorca

Christmas in Majorca

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Christmas holidays in Mallorca

Enjoy a sunnier Christmas with a Mediterranean break. You won't find much snow at Christmas in Mallorca, but you'll find great food, mild weather and the chance for outdoor activities. Discover special traditions like grape-eating on New Year's Eve or the magical Three Kings' Parade, when children gather in the streets to gasp in awe at the colourful floats. Bring the whole family to the island for a Christmas you'll never forget.

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What to expect from Christmas in Mallorca

Why should I visit Mallorca at Christmas?

Did you think that Mallorca was only a summer destination? Visit the island during the festive season and you'll discover something completely different. With the hordes of tourists gone, the island is a much calmer place, and this is the perfect time to discover Mallorcan Christmas traditions. If you're interested in cultural tourism, there's no better time to come. Check out holiday lettings in Mallorca and add a Mediterranean twist to your festive cheer.

Is Mallorca a good destination for the family at Christmas?

Yes, it definitely is. Mallorca at Christmas has plenty to delight young and old, making it an ideal destination for family holidays in Mallorca. At night, the city of Palma is all lit up, and appears quite magical. Ice skating rinks allow the whole family to let their hair down, while grown-ups will delight in the Christmas markets, the perfect place to pick up gifts and souvenirs.

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The best Mallorcan Christmas traditions to enjoy

Nativity scenes

Wander around any town or city street during Christmas in Mallorca and you'll see a nativity scene in every shop window. Known locally as betlems, they are usually on display throughout December, until the 6th of January. Families often go on walking routes specifically to see the betlems, which can be enormously creative. Some are traditional, while others are modern, using fun materials like Playmobil or Lego. A local Mallorcan tradition dictates that the figure of a friar needs to be hidden somewhere in each nativity scene. Can you spot them?

Christmas dinner

Forget the turkey and stuffing. If you want to prepare a true Balearic Christmas feast in your finca in Mallorca, you'll need a suckling pig. This is the main course for the local Christmas dinner, after a starter of sopa de galets, a heavily-flavoured broth dotted with mince-stuffed pasta shells. Don't fancy cooking? No problem. In the festive season, many restaurants put on a special Christmas menu serving these favourites. On Christmas Eve, join in with a sweeter culinary tradition. Locals will indulge in a mug of thick hot chocolate served with ensaïmada, a sugar-dusted Mallorcan pastry that's perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. The most popular spot in Palma for these pastries is Can Joan de s'Aigo, which always has massive queues on the 24th of December.

New Year's Eve

If you're spending New Year's Eve in Mallorca, there's one tradition you can't miss. Like people across Spain, Mallorcans celebrate the new year with 12 grapes. When the clock strikes midnight, you should try to eat one grape in time with each chime. You'll get a month of good luck for each grape that you manage to swallow in time!

Three Kings' Day

In early January, you might expect the Christmas decorations to disappear. Nope! In Mallorca, the Christmas fun continues until the 6th of January, the Three Kings' Day. On the afternoon of the 5th, an enormous parade takes place in the centre of Palma and other cities. The Three Kings ride through the streets in enormous, elaborate floats, accompanied by dancers, musicians and sometimes even animals. As they pass, they throw sweets at the watching children. The parade in Palma is the biggest in Mallorca, starting at the port where the kings step ceremoniously off a boat before climbing onto their floats. Traditionally, the kings play the part of Santa, and kids will open their presents on the morning of the 6th, while families eat a roscón de reyes, a delicious cream-filled pastry.

FAQs: Christmas in Majorca

What's the weather like in Mallorca at Christmas?

Mallorca enjoys a mild winter. The average daily high is 16°C, and the daily low is just under 10°C. The skies are generally clear, with plenty of winter sunshine. You will see year-round swimmers at Mallorca's most popular beaches, but don't be fooled - the water is definitely cold! If you're not used to cold water swimming, it can be a real shock.

What outdoor activities are popular in Mallorca at Christmas?

Cycling is a very popular sport in Mallorca in winter. In fact, many professional cycling teams train here in the off-season. Hiking remains popular, thanks to the mild weather. On the 31st of December, many people join in with the annual Sant Silvestre race, which takes place in Palma and some other cities around the island. Runners often dress up for this fun run, usually with Christmas-themed outfits like Santa hats and Rudolph headbands.

Where is the best place in Mallorca to celebrate Christmas?

If you want to join in the fun of the parades, ice skating and other events, Palma is the place to be. Looking for peace and quiet at Christmas? Then choose a finca or villa in a rural area, far from the city.

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