At this time and with the start of the school holidays there are many options to make and visit during Christmas with family and friends, whether you are a resident or if you want to enjoy a getaway to Mallorca.
From NVG International we want to present a guide of the places and activities of the island that you can not miss at this time.
Christmas activities in Mallorca begin with the Christmas lights in Palma, which took place on Thursday, November 22, so that on the day of commercial promotion called Black Friday, which took place the next day, the lights were already on. Theatre shows, parades and dance animated the centre of Palma.
During the Christmas holidays, the Palma Town Hall has prepared an extensive programme of activities and events to enjoy the city in a typically Christmas atmosphere:
Fira de Nadal:
Christmas markets cannot be absent from a route around Palma during Christmas. Along the streets Via Roma, Plaza de España, Ramblas, Plaza Porta Pintada and Plaza Mayor we find the Christmas fair, with numerous stalls where to shop for these holidays. -In the Ramblas we find craftsmen from the craft guild of the Balearic Islands. In the Plaza Mayor we can see numerous stalls with figures of nativity scenes and other Christmas motifs. In Via Roma there are numerous stalls dedicated to gastronomy and food products.
Nativity Scene Route:
It could not lack a crib route this Christmas in Mallorca, and in Palma we find some of the most prominent cribs, such as the town hall in Plaza Cort, the traditional Mallorcan crib in Mercy in the hospital square, the crib of the English Court or the Hebrew crib of the cloister of San Antoniet among others.
Route of the Christmas lights:
One of the most traditional Christmas traditions is to take a stroll through the main streets of Palma to see the Christmas lights with all their colours, shapes and figures. And what better than to combine it with a visit to Can Joan de S’ Aigo for a hot chocolate accompanied by an ensaimada. In this way we bring together two very typical traditions of Christmas in Mallorca.
Conventual pastry shop:
Christmas is the time to eat nougat and sweets, and what better than to make a good purchase of conventual pastry products for this Christmas, and be original and different, rather than the typical products of any supermarket. We can visit the conventual pastry display in the military history museum in the church of Santa Margalida, or go directly to one of the convents of Palma such as Santa Clara or Santa Magdalena. in the latter, we have bought one of the best banana biscuits we have ever eaten, and at unbeatable prices.
The Winter Solstice:
For about twenty days around the winter solstice, which coincides with the Christmas festivities in Mallorca, the sunrise can be seen through the two rosettes of La Seu – the largest rose window and the rose window on the main façade – thus creating a kind of kaleidoscope.
The Balearic Mathematical Society was the institution that discovered this event and that annually summons the entire public to the Museu des Baluard – from the terraces from which this vision is achieved. According to Daniel Ruiz Aguilera and Josep Lluís Pol Llompart, members of this society, the effect was known in 2007 by Canon Teodor Suau, who made it known that the projection of the largest rose window on the rose window of the main façade was total during these days.
The Song of the Sybil at Christmas in Mallorca
Another very typical tradition of Christmas in Mallorca, which is celebrated on the night of 24th December, is the Song of the Sybil. It has its origin in the late Middle Ages, and has been maintained since then only in Mallorca and the Alghero. In 2016 it was declared part of the intangible heritage of humanity by Unesco.
The crowing of the Sybil takes place at the rooster’s table, which opens on Christmas Day in the churches of Mallorca, and announces the final judgment in the celebration of the birth of the son of God as a human being.