Puerto Portals Christmas Market
One of the best five Christmas markets in Europe takes place here, right under our noses, in Mallorca. The Puerto Portals Christmas Market, is according to one of Germany's more serious newspapers, Die Welt, one of those top five markets and it starts in a couple of weeks' time.
From the 15th December until the 7th January when the Three Kings have arrived with presents for good boys and girls, the swish surroundings of the luxury port will be alive with Christmas cheer. If you didn't already know, the port just along the coast from Palma is home to some rather upscale shops, bars and restaurants as well as being a haven for lots of luxury yachts.
You'll get an authentic Christmassy winter wonderland atmosphere with Swiss chalet style wooden cabins adorned with twinkling lights and accommodating the market stalls selling upmarket gifts – accessories, natural cosmetics, traditional decorations and artisan pottery and so on.
As well as retail opportunities, there'll be plenty of German gastronomy available – Glühwein, Kartoffelsalat and Lebkuchen – to enjoy as heavenly choirs sing carols over the sound system. Other attractions include an ice rink, plenty of activities for kids of all ages – Father Christmas, The Three Kings' procession, live music in the evening, cinema, family dancing and vermouth (over 18's only please) and did I mention the Glühwein?
It's open as follows;
Monday to Thursday 12 to 21
Friday to Sunday 12 to 22
but do check the hours with them if you want to go on Christmas and New Year's day.