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Mallorca Christmas: Rata Market

Art, design and crafts. Music, fun and food

There's a great opportunity to buy some really unique gifts for your loved ones, friends or yourself this weekend as the Rata Market comes to Palma. It's a one off event which showcases the work of artists, designers and crafts people who produce their own unique, mostly handmade here in Mallorca, gifts for the discerning shopper.

On sale at around 50 stalls will be the type of things you would normally see at the eclectic end of websites like Etsy and Not on the High Street, but there, before your very eyes, to see, feel, touch and try before you buy. And buy you will as the range of products on offer is both large and irresistible, with the added attraction of being excellent value for money.

I've raided the websites of just a few of the participants for photos for our gallery and as you can see there is so much on offer – fashion, jewellery, art, bags, bow ties, and much, much more – which would all make great presents AND are easy enough to slip into your suitcase when you return home from holiday!

The market is just on the outskirts of the city at the old fire station (Gremi Picapedrers 1, Polígon de Son Castelló) in fact, it's housed in one of the huge hangars where the trucks were kept, and so is completely weatherproof. It takes place on Saturday and Sunday, 11th and 12th December from 11 to 20 and will have plenty of other things to see and do apart from retail therapy.

Early in the day there will be activities for kids, a more mature vermouth and music session at lunchtime with live music and DJs and another late afternoon music sesh to close for the day. If you get a little peckish, a small phalanx of Mallorca's burgeoning fleet of food trucks will be on hand for hearty sustenance for hungry shoppers.

It really is a very special retail occasion, and one you should try to visit if you are in Palma, or elsewhere on the island, as there is lots of free parking available at the site. See you there?

All the details can be found on the Rata Market website, which unfortunately is only in Catalan.