The Christmas illuminations light up Palma this week
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and it officially starts this Friday, 27th November, when the Mayor of Palma - José Hila - officially throws the switch to light up the whole city. Now in years gone by, there's usually been some celebrity involved in the ceremony, but this year two young kids from the Sahara region of Africa will be helping the mayor and I imagine they'll leave the speeches to him and he'll let them do the switching!
The actual ceremony itself takes place in the town hall square at 19:30 but will be preceded by three processions from different parts of the city - Porta de Sant Antoni, Plaza de España and Paseo del Borne – which will arrive at the town hall in time for a concert by a youth choir at 19:00 to put us all in a festive mood in time for the big switch on.
Once the power starts flowing through the 25 kilometres of cable it will light up 93 streets in 66 areas of the city using 65 kilometres of garland, 4272 modules and 2254 lights. It's taken nearly two months to install all the lighting at a cost of €552,000 and the city will be illuminated every day until the 6th January and then again in the San Sebastian fiesta later in the month.
I think Palma's Christmas illuminations are really stylish, quite 'understated' consisting mostly of silver stars and orbs hanging above the streets, and for me the Paseo del Borne, Palma's 'golden mile' shopping area is THE place to be. Just have a look at the video for an idea of just how joyously festive the city looks.
Merry Christmas everybody!