Mallorca in December

Roasted chestnuts, winter sunshine and lots of cheer

Smell the roasted chestnuts and churros at a festive market; feel the winter sunshine and see the magic of Palma illuminated by night: Mallorca in December is a joy.

As Christmas approaches, the illuminations switch on and the island feels decidedly festive. Rather than shopping frenziedly, the locals enjoy traditional celebrations and family time.

Less rain than previous months makes for some wonderfully pleasant weather in December, so get out and hike or cycle to your heart’s content. The summer crowds have long gone, but the beaches, mountains and countryside are still here, and still beautiful.

One of the best things about Mallorca’s multiculturalism is the cultural mix of events happening on the island. In December, the atmosphere of German and Swedish markets come to Palma and Puerto Portals, and shoppers happily browse stalls laden with toys and gingerbread, perhaps enjoying a mulled wine or baked apple, full of Balearic Christmas spirit.

Note: Due to COVID-19 many events this month have been cancelled and put on hold until next year.

Dr. Helen Cummins is a lifestyle editor, marketeer and successful entrepreneur, who has lived and worked in Palma de Mallorca for the past 20 years. She launched in 2003 which has grown into one of the island’s largest websites with over 6 million visits per annum.

The website is a collection of all the things Helen values since moving to the island, running abcMallorca Digital Media and creating an idyllic life in Son Vida with her husband Georg and daughter Eva.

Slow Living Mallorca is what sits at the heart of the hc/ website, which aims to inspire you to slow down and appreciate the Mediterranean lifestyle. Alongside her editorial team, Helen handpicks the recommended businesses showcased here that adhere to SLOW: Sustainable, Local, Organic and made with Love.