GET your mittens out and head into Palma for the annual Christmas market, ice rink and shining holiday festivities.

PALMA: Christmas lights and festivities take over the city

Last night it all kicked off with the annual lighting of the city.  Live bands played everything from club music to Coldplay. Carol singers and a children’s choir filled the city while thousands waited eagerly for the lights to switch on.  The big hit with the kids was large clear balloons with Christmas lights for string, hundreds filled el Born for a festive sight.

This year the town hall spent €1 million on lights for the centre, its largest investment ever.  A total of 92 streets are lit up with bright and energy-saving lights and 250 kilometres of garland. 

From today, holiday food stalls and handcrafted goods fill Placa Espana daily with extras lingering down Via Roma and la Rambla. Palma’s classic ice rink is just north by the station at Parc de Ses Estaciós.

A must-see for a fairy-tale Christmas market is Pueblo Español’s traditional market from December 2 through 10. There is warm mulled wine, live music, and even white ‘snow’ all around.

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