Experience the magic of Christmas in Palma
Christmas is the most endearing and magical time of the year. It is time for family reunions, meals, gifts and also many activities. In a city like Palma, known above all for its leisure offer in summer, you can also enjoy the best plans and the typical sweets of these dates. From the end of November the city is illuminated with the colors of Christmas.
Both the lighting and the decoration invite us to walk and also to visit the shops in search of gifts that will make our family and friends happy.
From the Hotel Born we want to recommend the most traditional and Christmas plans so you can enjoy these holidays to the fullest.
A tour through the downtown streets.
At this time, Christmas markets could not be missed, in which both accessories and gifts and sweets of different types and origins are offered. Some of the most visited are those in the Plaza de España and Plaza Major. In this last one, in addition, you will find Christmas decorations made by hand and all the figures of which the Bethlehem is composed. Essential ritual is to stop along the way to have a hot chocolate accompanied by the typical sweets of Palma, such as the ensaimada or the coca de cuarto. A few meters from our hotel you will find some of the most emblematic and traditional places: Ca'n Joan de S'Aigo , in Baró street of Santa Maria del Sepulcre. There you can enjoy breakfast and snacks, and of course a thick and hot chocolate, in a cozy atmosphere.
It is also customary for residents to tour the city to see the different nativity scenes on display, such as the traditional Cort or the Neapolitan Bethlehem of the Fundació Bartolomé March, made up of more than 2,000 pieces and considered a museum jewel.
Cultural and children's activities
Palma is imbued with culture, from architecture to events and exhibitions. Next to the hotel are several museums and halls, such as Es Baluard, which offers exhibitions and activities throughout the year, the Casal Solleric, the CaixaForum cultural center and the Juan March Foundation Museum , the latter of modern art. Also close by is the Teatre Principal, which apart from performances has the attraction of choirs of all ages, in fact every year at this time the four choir formations meet for the Nadal Concert, a show in which they represent part of his repertoire with a selection of Christmas carols, opera pieces and songs of varied styles and genres. And we can not forget the little ones. During the winter you can have fun in the ice park Ice Park located in the Plaza de España and in the children's attractions installed in the neighborhoods. They can also visit different points of the city with the Christmas Train, whose tickets are given by the shops of Palma attached to the "Palma, a whole fun center" campaign. On these dates there are also scheduled workshops and activities at different points so that they can enjoy creating and playing.
Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, the most familiar and festive ones
On the most important days of these festivities, like Christmas Eve, families gather around the table to enjoy the most Christmas dishes. After dinner, at midnight, it is time to celebrate the Mass of the Rooster, which in the churches of the island is harmonized with the song of the Sibyl , declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. On the morning of the 31st, the celebration of the Standard is celebrated in the Plaza de Cort and the Cathedral of Palma, considered one of the oldest civil celebrations in Europe and commemorating the conquest of the city by King Jaume I. the night comes one of the most anticipated moments: the celebration of New Year's Eve and the entrance of the new year. The Plaza de Cort is filled with an expectant audience to participate in the 12 chimes of the clock, eating a grape for each bell, a tradition that is said to bring prosperity and good luck. During the celebration there will be simultaneous shows, musical entertainment and thematic screenings in the squares of Cort and Juan Carlos I, the latter a few meters from the hotel. To welcome the new year as it deserves, the party always continues in the squares or in the nightclubs and discos, where the so-called cotillion is usually offered, a bag with disguise items as well as confetti, streamers and mufflers to give a Touch more cheerful and fun at night.
The magic of the Magi
The first days of the year are to make last minute purchases for the day of Kings, one of the most typical parties in our country and most desired by the youngest of the family. It is tradition for children to write a letter asking for the toys they crave so that the postman can send it to the Magi of the East. These, during the night of day 5, visit each house and leave the requested gifts under the Christmas tree. But before the big night the cavalcades take place in the afternoon, in which the Magi parade along with their pages and other comparsas through the streets of the city to greet the children, give them sweets and collect the last letters. The morning of the 6th is a day of excitement, when the children wake up and find the gifts. That same day it is usually sweetened with the Roscón or Rosco de Reyes, an exclusive sweet of these dates that is usually eaten after lunch or for a snack accompanied by a good hot chocolate. And although it seems that the celebrations end after the visit of the Magi, in Palma the lights do not go out until the celebration of Sant Sebastià, patron saint of the city, on January 21.
From the Hotel Born we want your stay in Palma during Christmas to be as intimate and magical as possible.
We wish you happy holidays.