Christmastime is one of the most beautiful times of the year, the perfect occasion to get together with the whole family and soak up the atmosphere. There are countless activities on offer during Christmas in Mallorca, whether you are looking to spend a romantic time with your partner or to entertain the little ones in your family, Mallorca has millions of things to do. We know that planning an afternoon of activities to suit everyone in the Christmas season can be difficult, which is why we would like to show you some of the most popular Christmas activities in Mallorca.
What to do in Mallorca at Christmas
During the summer and spring months Mallorca, with its beautiful sunny climate, has so much to offer everyone, finding something to do that suits everyone is easy in Mallorca. Visiting the island's most iconic beaches or getting lost in the narrow streets of its charming towns are just two great ways to fill your summer afternoons in Mallorca. However, as the temperatures dip, many visitors wonder what they can do during the cooler months in Mallorca, especially during Christmas time; taking a dip in the sea in December is not as pleasant as in summer.
Christmas nativity scenes in Palma
Over the years, the Christmas nativity scenes in Palma have become true works of art, each one offering surprise and delight for both children and adults. Strolling around Palma De Mallorca to discover these beautiful and unique nativity scenes is a perfect way to spend an afternoon, it makes everything feel just a bit more like Christmas. Following the nativity route, you will not only be able to enjoy these works of art, but you will also be exploring the city of Palma de Mallorca step by step.
The Mallorcan Cort Nativity Scene
When you go to see Christmas nativity scenes in Palma, you cannot miss out on the Cort Nativity Scene. This nativity scene is in the Palma’s town hall and is one of the most impressive in the entire city. It represents the four regions of Mallorca, the mountains , the villages, the plain and the sea. Plus, in each area, the clay figures are dressed in traditional costumes representing the different historical trades or guilds, plus the musicians, dancers, and giants, without not forgetting the highlight of the show Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the two angels, and the Three Kings on horseback; a perfect way to learn about the local customs and history of Mallorca; It takes over 25 days to create up this very intricate nativity scene.
The Nativity scene in the Santa Catalina market
Another nativity scene which should be on your list, is in the Santa Catalina market. This nativity scene can be found in the central neighbourhood of Santa Catalina, one of the most popular on the island. A perfect romantic day out for a couple is a visit to the nativity scene, then a stroll around the famous Santa Catalina market, followed by dinner in one of many trendy restaurants in the area, then, after dinner, you can enjoy a drink in the most exclusive and trendiest bars in Palma de Mallorca.
The Neapolitan Nativity Scene at the Bartolome March Servera Foundation
Neapolitan nativity scenes are characterized by the enormously detailed figures and their clothes. The Bartolome March Servera Foundation Nativity Scene has nearly 2,000 pieces, the collection has been gradually built up over the last half a century, the manger itself, is one of the most impressive that can be found anywhere in Mallorca. To visit it, you just have to go to the Bartolome March Servera Foundation, which is in the center of Palma, very close to the Paseo del Borne. Its location makes it the perfect end to your day in the city after which, you can take an evening walk through the magical lit streets of the city.
Christmas lights in Palma
No matter what time of year you visit Palma de Mallorca, there are plenty of surprises in store for you. But at Christmas, the city takes on an almost magical atmosphere. The switching on of the Christmas lights in Palma, is always a highly anticipated annual event in the city. The lights add a touch of sparkle to the city. Don´t worry if you can´t be there for the big switch on, you can enjoy the incredible sights of the lights until mid-January, so there is plenty of time to enjoy the enchantment of Palma at Christmas. The lights cover the city centre from La Rambla to Plaza España and not forgetting, the unmissable El Borne. Over 33 streets in total are laden with Christmas sparkle. We recommend that, if you want to see them all, you plan to end your visit with a comforting hot chocolate at Ca'n Joan de S'aigo… You will deserve it after all your walking!
Christmas markets Mallorca
If you are looking for that extra special Christmas Tree decoration, or a particular figure to add to your own nativity scene, the Mallorca Christmas markets are the ideal place to find the perfect item whilst as the same time, immersing yourself in the Christmas spirit.
In Palma de Mallorca you will find several Christmas markets, although perhaps the most notable are the ones in the Plaza Mayor and Las Ramblas. These two Mallorcan Christmas markets are located right in the center of the city, making them an obligatory stop on your visit to Palma de Mallorca, both selling local handicrafts to decorate your home and to top it off, you can also taste some typical Mallorcan Christmas foods.
The Hotel Astoria Playa
Not sure what to give this Christmas? Don't worry, we bring you the perfect gift. Why not leave the cold of winter behind and take a trip to Mallorca? Here you will find the most incredible beaches you can imagine and landscapes that can be enjoyed all year around and whatever the season, will take your breath away. Although, to enjoy the island in all its Christmas splendour, you will need to find the perfect accommodation. How about a stay at the hotel in Alcudia Astoria Playa? This fantastic hotel is the ideal place to relax and unwind on your trip to Mallorca, both for its perfect location and for the first-class service it offers. The Astoria Playa hotel is in the municipality of Alcudia, which has immense natural beauty and has so much to offer its visitors. Our hotel is considered among the top ranking of hotels in Alcudia; choosing Astoria Playa… you won't go wrong!