christmas fairs



Firstly, there is a gigantic and very ambitious plan being organised by Saloua from A Ma Maison Restaurant in Palma, she is organising a Christmas party for 600 children! She obviously can’t do that on her own and is looking for volunteers and people to donate presents, funds, time. The present drop off points are Bikini Beach and A Ma Maison, if you want to make a donation please make the present wrapped and be of 15€ value. Or you can volunteer to help on the day which will be December 15th.  For more info contact Saloua on 634 90 69 14 or email

Calvia Vet is organising a collection of blankets, cushions and towels to be passed on to refuges around the island as the weather worsens. Drop off what you want there and they will get it distributed. You can call them on Tel. 971695108 for their opening hours. 

Specsavers in Santa Ponsa is participating in the food bank collection, so if you are popping in for an eye test or to get your glasses repaired, or you are just passing, take them in something non perishable, they are particularly also looking for things for babies and children, nappies, milk and baby food which is heartbreaking really. So please make sure you keep them in mind if you are in the Santa Ponsa area. 

Christmas market in Calvia on the 6th. 

Over in Peguera on Saturday and Sunday this weekend there will be a Christmas Bazar plus second-hand sections all for charity. Doors open at 9.00am until 12.30 pm. It is at the Casal de Paguera which is opposite the Church. Free entrance Contact 627696224 Alyson

Pueblo Español Christmas Market 5th to 9th December The Pueblo Espanol is a bit like Spanish Disneyland because it has miniature versions of some of the more famous Spanish buildings! It can be a devil to park around there but it is worth it. For the Christmas market, the entire area is kitted out with beautiful decorations and lights. The market has a €5 entry fee for those 12 years and older, including a free mulled wine. It runs from the 5th to the 9th of December and is open every day from 12h to 23h, and Sunday from 12h to 20h. Father Christmas will also make daily appearances from 12h to 14h, 16h30 to 18h30 and 20h30 to 22h. 

There are five areas: Plaça Mayor, Plaça d’España, La Rambla, Via Roma, and Plaça Porta Pintada with markets in central Palma  In total, there are nearly 220 stands selling all kinds of things from nativity scene decorations to hats made from yak wool. The markets are open from 10h to 21h during the season. Markets will be open until 7th January. 

On December 5th there will be a Winter baking workshop designed to make baking fun and simple. Price includes drinks and snacks, plus tasting the finished goodies, an apron and recipe pack of 10 delicious treats for the fiestas. Tickets are on food and friends website, the link is:

Art workshop this weekend from 10am to 2pm in Santa Catalina led by Anja Kleener and Vivian Borsani who will be helping you to make a special gift, explore new artistic territory or even make your own Christmas cards!  Contact Anja on 687 76 95 06 for more info 

If you want to enter a competition to win a dinner at Santosha restaurant then send your best horizontal photo of Christmas lights wherever you are in Mallorca by December 8th to hello@Affordable

Wednesday 11th December from 17.30 to 20.00 Christmas singsong at the Dockbar at STP Boatyard in Palma, make sure you are wearing your Christmas jumper. It will also be a drop-off point for helping Mallorca’s homeless so make sure you bring something to put in the box, either warm clothes or non-perishable food. 

12th December there will be an Open Day at Palma College. Parents and prospective students are welcome to join them for an informal talk with their teachers and to see their two buildings.  Then for a Taster Day where you will get a feel for the A-Level courses and see their style of teaching in a lesson environment. Please book your place to all or part of this day by emailing for the schedule:

Thursday 12 December The Audience at Cine Ciutat in English from the National Theatre. 

Art exhibition by Vivian Borsani at the new Mama Carmens cafe on Calle Rossynol 3a, in Santa Catalina in Palma on December 13th. Vivian makes beautiful art and even if you can’t afford an original painting by her she has sets of beautiful inspiration cards which make lovely Christmas presents.

Arta Christmas Market on December 14th from 4pm to 8pm with hand made gifts 

14th and 15th December starting at 10h30. The village of Alaró Christmas market on the square is my favourite, although it is often REALLY cold when you go up there so be warned. Apparently, there will be more than 50 stalls set up selling crafts, clothes, and there will be live music and entertainment. 

Countryside Christmas Market Costitx is a newcomer to the Christmas Market scene, this holiday fair hosted by Spoon Full O’ Moon will be an environmentally conscious afternoon featuring plant-based treats, clothing, jewellery, art, essential oils, cards and organic wine all set up along a charming “Fairy tale Trail”. Live music, decorations, a photo booth, bonfires and karaoke round out the event! Entry is €10 for adults, €5 for kids. The event will be held on 15th December between 13h and 18h. The address is Poligono 1, Parcela 207 in Costitx.

Son Amar Winter Wonderland International Christmas market with a huge ice rink in Palmanyola on the Ctra Palma-Soller from 13th to 15th December. Opening hours are 12h to 22h. Adults €5, kids free!

Palma Dogs is hosting a Christmas lunch and mini quiz at the Boat House on Sun 15th

Calvia Cats Christmas Carols… 18th December, 18.00 – 20.00. Zeppelin’s Bar, Magaluf, Everyone welcome, especially good singers!

The Puerto Portals Christmas fair has become popular in recent years. It’s got to be said the offerings tend to be a bit more “upmarket” than some of the other fairs, but it’s a nice place to wander around and enjoy a mulled wine. The market runs from 20th December to 6th January.

Port Adriano will be more of a fun place to go to for children as there will be food trucks and an ice skating rink set up as well as giant slides and attractions for the kids. Market days are from 22nd December to 7th January.

There is also a really cute idea “Breakfast with Santa” at the London Arms in Magaluf every Thursday to Sunday from now until Christmas! 10am to 11.30am you can do arts and crafts, write a letter to Santa and deliver it to him personally, have your photo taken with him and also the kids get a present to go away with. It costs 9.95. 

The Christmas services at The Anglican Church 

  • Saturday 21st at 5pm Children’s Candlelit Christingle Service 
  • Sunday 22nd at 6pm there will be a carol service 
  • Christmas Eve at 11.30pm Midnight Mass 
  • Christmas Day at 11am Christmas Eucharist 

Christmas Day Dip at El Toro at MIDDAY! If you feel like doing something really silly on Christmas Day then get to El Toro with a bottle of cava or a wee nip of something and take your trunks. At midday, a rocket goes off and everyone rushes into the water, it is hilarious! 

Then if you need to get rid of your little darlings for a couple of days of peace and quiet or you want to give them the gift of an experience rather than a thing that will hold their attention for ten minutes then consider sending them to a pony camp for a couple of days!

  • 23, 24, 26, 27 December
  • 30, 31, 2, 3 December and January are available

Contact Sophie at Club Caballisto Son Malero in Calvia on 696 66 70 01 to make your booking and get more info

Then after all the Christmas excesses and New Year’s Eve shenanigans, there will be a special event on January 2nd at Bellver Castle organised by a yoga teacher called Marisol. It is a donation only event starting at 11.00 where the participants will do 108 sun salutations, it is a way to start the new year with fresh intentions. 



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Wow, how did it get to be December? That snuck up on me! This is the season of Christmas markets in Mallorca and we´ve got some nice ones coming up. Already last Sunday La Gidg spent the afternoon helping out on the cake stall run by her Synchronised Swimming team at the Andratx Christmas Market. She loved it, well what´s not to love really? It´s cake and it´s playing shop. A perfect combination. There was a time when I used to have a little salon and I loved playing shop too, I loved arranging the products and talking to my customers. It was a very innocent period in my life, looking back. Things were very much simpler then, there was a purity about it. You want this thing that I have? You pay me, you can have this thing. Easy peasy.

There is a dangerous side to fairs though. You always run the risk of buying something that you love at the time, but then regret instantly afterwards, but you can´t take it back can you? NO. You can´t, it’s far too embarrassing. And we must make sure that we support our local businesses and craftspeople especially at Christmas. Please don´t buy online, get down the high street and buy something from an actual real life person and not some automated computer. Keep the money moving in your local economy and look after the people in your community, it´s vital.

I imagine that selling on a market could be a hard way to make your living, but I bet it´s fun. I could see myself as a chirpy cockney type selling discount ladies underwear, or perhaps I could be a mysterious Arab with fine spices and exotic silks. As it is, I am writing this from bed, It is too cold in my house to be anywhere else but here. If I am such a wuss that I can´t deal with a bit of cold in my own home how do we think I would manage rising at 5am and setting up a market stall? Yep, disaster.  Which is why the “Last Minute Handmade Christmas Market” which I am organising at Mood Beach for December 22 and 23 will start at 11am and finish at 4pm, a healthy time during the day. If you want to have a stall then please get in touch at

Also coming up there is the Calvia Christmas fair which is not in Portals anymore, but has moved to Santa Ponsa, that is on December 9th and will feature the choir in their debut performance! (They´re also going to perform on the 22nd at Mood). Then there is one at Santa Ponsa Country Club the next weekend on the 15th and 16th of December, and the same weekend sees the return of the Alaro Christmas Market as well.

In the meantime I am planning my takeover of the world from under the duvet, at least for today.

Saturday December 13th – Dynamics

We went to the local Christmas fair this morning, an ideal place for picking up little knick knacks and bumping into people we haven’t seen in a while. In fact I managed to bump into someone I don’t remember how I even know, but she definately knew me. I kept the conversation going (in Spanish I’ll have you know) whilst trying to figure out a) what her name was, b) how she knew me or indeed c) any tiny clue at all which would mean I could personalise the conversation beyond the mildly interested, ‘And how is your family?’ style of questioning.

I’m ashamed to say, I didn’t manage to identify her, but we wished each other a very merry Navidad and my daughter, Bobo and I walked on our way.

Living in such a small community, after living in London, came as quite a shock to me when I first moved here – I couldn’t get used to people knowing my business, or thinking that it was okay that they knew my business. And sometimes you get too close to someone that you subsequently regret doing it, and occasionally you know that if you bump into certain individuals that there will be words ‘said’. So it was with an anxious heart that I came face to face with a couple who have been avoiding me for a few weeks now: actually, ignoring me would be more accurate. We drop our kids at school, I frantically wave at them and they pretend as if they haven’t seen me as they drive away in their car. Well this time, there was no escape, they had a stall at the fair, and I bluntly, but politely, stood there in front of them until they had to say hello. It went okay, whatever thing it is that they are cross with me about, wasn’t mentioned. I bought something from their stall, gave them an idea for another place they could go to sell their stuff, and left…. feeling rather proud of myself. Have bridges been mended, is it all good now? Who knows, in this little village it can be all smily happy people to your face, whilst behind your back it’s et tu brute and the knife sharpener.

But what else to do except be nice? I don’t know why they have been avoiding me, I don’t know even if it’s just my imagination; perhaps coincidentally they both need visits to the opticians, or is it that I am finally beginning to get close enough to the local village people to be treated as one of them in some cases?

The Mallorquins have an odd personality trait: (which has been confirmed by other Mallorquin friends of mine), even if you know them really well they will not say hello to you first in the street, in the fear that you might snub them or not recognise them. That they will be humiliated by the fact that you did not return the greeting. Interesting that such a tough, resiliant race of people should also be so sensitive.