A trip to Pollensa, Mallorca, the perfect Christmas gift!
Christmas is all but upon us. A time for traditions, celebration, gifts and, above all, joy. Come and spend Christmas in Majorca and discover how we celebrate here, living cribs, family dinners, Three Kings’ parades, New Year’s grapes..
At this time of year, all the streets and shops here are decorated with coloured lights and Christmas trees and the city are filled with bustle and happiness. Would you like to know which celebrations are not to be missed, and everything that you can do? Take note.
Dates not to be missed
The first special date is 22 December with the draw for the Christmas Lottery - almost everyone in Mallorca takes part and prizes are celebrated in style out in the streets. The next big days are definitely the most family-oriented and are 24 and 25 December: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Normally, families get together for dinner and lunch on these two days, and prepare traditional dishes such as lamb and sea bream along with seasonal desserts such as turrón (rich sweet made with almonds) and polvorones (crumbly shortbread). You may also be interested in attending Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, very popular amongst Catholics.
People say goodbye to the year with the New Year’s Eve celebrations on 31 December. To get involved, don’t forget to buy 12 grapes in advance. Why? According to Spanish tradition, everyone has to eat one grape in time with the striking of the clock at midnight. If you manage to eat them all on time, you will have a New Year full of luck.
To ensure smiles on the children’s faces at Christmas, nothing better than the Three Kings Parade held on 5 January, the day before the feast of the Three Kings. In Majorca it is the three Wise Men of the East, Melchor, Caspar and Baltasar, who bring Christmas presents to children who have been good. Three Kings Parades, with their page-boys, camels and all kinds of weird and wonderful characters, make their way through the streets of villages, towns and city all over Mallorca, to then leave gifts and toys at the houses.
We wish you and your family a merry Christmas and every success in the new year!