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Christmas in Mallorca, Spain
November 17, 2016 | Blog
As around much of the world, the Christmas and New Year season in Mallorca sees many happy gatherings, much feasting and fireworks and gift exchange, and some reflective tradition and worship woven into the whole affair. It’s an amazing time to visit this island, where you can escape the overwrought commercialism that marks the season in so many other places, but also where there’s plenty of celebration and festivity on hand.
We’d love to invite you for a stay at one of our Hoposa hotels or apartments for a Mallorcan Christmas—from Puerto Pollensa to Cala San Vicente!
I’m Dreaming of a (Sunny Mediterranean) Xmas
Mallorca delivers plenty of Christmastime spirit, but not so much of the white stuff. Your December or early January escape to the Balearics will probably see temperatures in the 50s (Fahrenheit)—maybe even the low 60s—and loads of the sort of Mediterranean sunlight we reckon make Santa Claus a little reluctant to attend to the rest of his globe-spanning route.
Instead of white drifts or bone-chilling winter rain, why not embrace the crisp pastoral countryside and bright beaches of Mallorca for your year’s-end holidaying?
Traditions in Mallorca
Mallorca’s Christmas/New Year celebrations extend from December 8—the Feast of the Immaculate Conception—through Three Kings Day (Dia del Reis) on January 6. Among the island’s distinctive traditions is the singing of the doomsday-flavored medieval Gregorian chant, “Sibil-la” (“The Song of the Sibyl”), during Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. And Mallorcans happily observe the great Christmas Eve feast of Navidad.
These days, Mallorcan families certainly solicit Christmas gifts from Saint Nick, but historically the more significant occasion for presents, at least for children, is Three Kings Day (aka Epiphany)—a big deal in the Balearic Islands as in the rest of Spain. Kids leave shoes on the windowsill along with a wish list, hoping the Magi drop off a treasure or two as they make their rounds.
You’ll find Christmas markets, street side lights, and other holiday cheer all throughout Mallorca. One of the best markets happens at Lluc Monastery every December weekend before Christmas: It’s an amazing setting for a bit of seasonal shopping! Lluc is also one of many options (along with the Palma Cathedral, of course) for attending Midnight Mass. Revel with the rest of the island on New Year’s, and enjoy the procession of the Magi—arriving by boat, horseback, tractor, etc., depending on local setting and tradition—for Three Kings Day.
Whether you’re here for a family gathering or simply looking for something different to do this holiday season, we hope you’ll make a Hoposa hotel or apartment your Christmastime headquarters on the stunning island of Mallorca this year! And no matter what: Happy holidays from all of us!