Christmas is Ibiza is just as magical, some may argue more, as everywhere else in the world. Whilst the island may be best known as a summer destination, over the winter months it is just as beautiful. It has all the decorations & festivities you’d expect – but with the gentle warmth of the Ibiza winter sun.
An annual Christmas market takes place at Vara de Rey, complete with wonderful decorations & the all-important Gluhwein (mulled wine). Local restaurants go over & above to give their customers a superb culinary experience & all done at a generously reasonable price. This allows everyone to fill their bellies without emptying their purses.
Although many tourist attractions are closed for the winter months, some do remain open. But what Christmas in Ibiza is really about – is making friends with the locals & thoroughly immersing yourself in the culture of the island & its people. There are various events held each night including plays & concerts, decorations on every street & the most incredible feasts on December 24th (Noche Buena – Christmas Eve) with loads of delicious local produce & a buzzing atmosphere.
Midnight Mass is held in the island’s beautiful Catholic churches before leading into a calmer Christmas Day, traditionally spent with family. Boxing day is a lovely time to take a gentle stroll along the beach or relax with friends.
Gift giving isn’t usually done until January 6th, which is when Spain’s festive season celebrations culminate in the biggest event of them all, the arrival of the Three Kings.
In Ibiza, Melchior, Gaspar & Baltazar arrive by boat. The moment their silken robes graze the ground they start to throw handfuls of sweets down to the wide-eyed children lining the streets of every single town. Unlike other countries it’s the Kings that deliver the Christmas gifts to the little ones & the next day is spent unwrapping their boxes of delight.
Christmas in Ibiza could easily be seen as one of the best celebrations on the island & its hard not to see why once you have experience it for yourself.