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Christmas markets spring up all over the island, welcoming locals and holidaymakers to revel in cheerful festivities. You’ll find handcrafted wares, tasty yuletide nibbles and joyful carols.
Mallorca’s markets encapsulate a Mediterranean Christmas. If you fancy enjoying some holly jolly family fun, finding unique presents or simply soaking up the merry spirit, Mallorca’s Christmas markets have something to offer everyone.
Mallorca’s Christmas markets exude Old World charm with a Mediterranean twist. Visitors will discover festively decorated wooden stalls lined up under twinkling lights, reminiscent of a German “Christkindlmarkt“.
Local artisans sell speciality wares like art, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, wines, foods, and more. Shoppers browse to the tune of live music and holiday tunes, often broadcast over loudspeakers.
The tempting smells of roasted chestnuts, churros, and mulled wine waft through the crisp winter air. Kids pose for photos with Santa and race around carousels.
Friends gather around fire pits, sipping hot beverages while catching up on the latest news. Mallorquines don traditional fabrics like red knit caps and patterned shawls to fend off the winter chill during long, lively nights out at the markets.
Most Mallorca Christmas markets run from late November through early January, with some extending as late as Three Kings Day on January 6th.
Specific event dates vary by location.
Venues range from historic plazas to seaside promenades.
- Nativity Scenes
Nativity scenes, known as “belenes” or “betlems” in Mallorquín, hold special significance. During the Christmas season, locals display intricate nativity scenes crafted from a variety of materials, depicting the birth of Jesus. The Plaza Mayor Christmas market in Palma offers an abundance of handmade figures, structures, moss, rocks, and other decorative elements for visitors to build their own displays. Those seeking inspiration can view stunning belenes on display around Palma, including inside churches and below olive trees on the Passeig Sagrera.
- Santa’s Arrival
Children eagerly await Santa’s arrival by boat in various Mallorcan ports in early December. Events include a welcome parade in honour of Santa as he disembarks and makes his way to the Christmas markets to hear kids’ wish lists. Additional activities range from cookie decorating to writing letters at Santa’s mailbox. For specific arrival dates and locations, check local tourism board websites.
No visit to a Mallorcan Christmas market is complete without sipping mulled wine and nibbling freshly fried churros. Be sure to sample local holiday sweets like neules (anise cookies), coca de patata (sweet potato flatbread), and robiols (soft cheeses).
Don’t pass up the chance to decorate seasonal cookies or make a personalised ornament, schedule time to ride the ferris wheel and carousel.
And if you spot an ice skating rink, lace up those rental skates! Bundle up with scarves, hats and gloves available from local vendors to join in the festivities.
Mallorca’s Christmas markets shine with high-quality artisanal goods that make excellent holiday gifts. Find unique ceramics with Mediterranean themes, artisan jewellery incorporating elements like pearls and turquoise, embroidered textiles, carved wood products, scented soaps and candles, wines bottled on the island, and much more.
Don’t forget to grab a few handblown glass ornaments to trim the tree back home. Hunt for traditional Spanish items like nativity figures, boots from La Rioja, or decorative fans. With such a broad array of locally made items, you’re sure to find something special for everyone on your list.
Tips for Visitors
Most Christmas markets take place in town or city centres easily accessible by car, taxi, or public transport. Some venues charge a small entry fee, but many are free. If driving, beware of limited parking and occasional road closures.
Overnight visitors can conveniently book rooms at hotels or holiday rentals within walking distance of prominent Christmas markets. In Palma specifically, hotels along the Passeig Mallorca or in the Old Town offer optimal access.
Mallorcans tend to dress a bit nicer for attending Christmas markets, particularly in the evenings. Refrain from loud noise or rowdy behaviour, be polite when interacting with vendors, and moderate alcohol consumption.
Hours vary but most markets open from morning through late evening. Remember to bring cash for purchases as some vendors may not accept credit cards.
Plaza Mayor Christmas Market
The Plaza Mayor market is located in the heart of Palma, just up from the Ramblas near the town hall. It opens in late November and runs until January 7th. This popular market is filled with stalls selling Christmas decorations, belén figures for nativity scenes, trees, candles, and artisan toys. Visitors can browse while enjoying treats like roasted chestnuts and churros.
Pueblo Español Christmas Market
Pueblo Español transforms into a magical Christmas village, decked out in lights. The market takes place on various dates between December 2nd – January 7th. In addition to an extensive selection of gift stalls, there are children’s activities, visits from Santa Claus, food stands, and more family-friendly entertainment.
Puerto Portals Christmas Market
From December 14th – January 6th, the upscale marina of Puerto Portals hosts a German-style Christmas market. The wooden huts are decorated with lights and garlands, selling international foods and handmade items. There is usually an ice skating rink, free kids’ activities, and holiday music performances.
Alaró Christmas Market
Alaró holds a two-day Christmas market usually on the 2nd weekend of December in the main town square by the church. Over 60 local vendors sell traditional Mallorcan handicrafts, artisanal food products, and more. There are also food trucks and live entertainment in the charming mountain village.
Santa Ponça Christmas Market
Santa Ponça’s free German-styled Christmas market runs from November 27th-December 19th. The wooden stalls are decorated in festive lights and visitors can enjoy mulled wine, browse handmade goods, watch glassblowing demos, and other family-friendly activities.
With their abundance of Christmas cheer set against Mallorca’s inherently romantic scenery, these holiday markets represent must-see events for seasonal travelers.
Revel in the festivities as you soak in the island’s fjord-like geography dotted with historic architecture and glistening lights. Sipping cinnamon-spiced wine while browsing handcrafted wares, it’s easy to get swept up in nostalgia for Christmas past.
For a unique twist, catch a flamenco performance or sample Mallorquin specialities between shopping. However you choose to experience Mallorca’s holiday magic, rest assured treasured memories await.
Mark Kaye is a travel writer and content creator living in Majorca, Spain. Originally from the UK, Mark moved to the island and quickly fell in love with Majorcan culture, food, and scenic landscapes. When he’s not busy writing detailed guides about Majorca’s top tourist attractions and hidden local gems, you can find him out exploring coastal trails or wandering the streets of Palma’s Old Town in search of his next great restaurant discovery.