If you’ve recently moved to the island and are wondering if you should celebrate Christmas here or go somewhere else, you should consider this first: if you fancy the idea of palm trees instead of Xmas trees, or making sandman instead of snowman, then Ibiza is the ideal place to celebrate this festive season!
In the past many Ibiza residents left the island for Christmas, with some heading to tropical destinations and others going back to the families in their home countries. But lately, more and more residents decide to stay on the island and celebrate the festive season here. Why? Because Ibiza might not be synonymous with ‘white winter wonderland’ but it’s definitely a winter paradise for those seeking mild weather and a Christmas celebration on the beach!
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If you love good weather, surely a sunny Christmas is exactly what you wish for! Some locals celebrate Christmas in the few beach restaurants open all-year-round, while others celebrate at home and then head to the beach with kids to play, but there are also many others who simply prefer a quieter celebration, chilling on their terrace with friends and family while enjoying the winter sunshine.
Ibiza Christmas Spirit
The feeling of Christmas is strong on the island, with many events held for residents to enjoy and get into the festive spirit. Every village has a full programme of events – it all starts on the 1st of December with the Christmas tree light’s being switched on, in Ibiza Town and Santa Eulalia, followed by the Xmas markets booming all around the island, the various carol singers and the unmissable Christmas food festivals with mulled wine. Those seeking some fiestas will not be disappointed, as the vivid nightlife of Ibiza goes on during the festive season.
In many countries it all ends on new year’s day – but not here in Spain! The celebration lasts until the 6th of January with the ‘Dia de los Reyes Magos’, otherwise known as The Epiphany. This is actually one big day of celebration on the island, with the kings bringing presents not just to the kids – but the adults too! As a tradition, many residents bring their children to the annual parade, in Ibiza Town, where the kings throw gifts, sweets and chocolates to the crowd.
Unique Christmas gifts
Ibiza is the perfect place to find one-of-a-kind Christmas presents for loved ones. People enjoy hunting for handmade products in the local Ibiza shops, the Las Dalias Christmas Market and the Christmas art fairs bustling around the island. There is no place like this, where the creativity goes side by side with the jolly season.
As many tourists do not consider Ibiza as a possible destination at this time of the year, the island is left to the joy of the residents, their friends and families. It’s the time of the year where residents truly experience the strong sense of community in perfect harmony with the island.