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Its already Christmas, and as in many other parts of the world, Ibiza is illuminated with the coloured lights that hang from each of its streets, the stores are filled with families looking for last-minute gifts and buying the last bits for Christmas dinner.

If you have thought about spending a winter in Ibiza and do not want to miss out on anything during this time of the year, then I will tell you what Christmas is like in Ibiza.

Family time

Christmas in Ibiza means family, it is the perfect time of year to get together and enjoy the free time we lack during the rest of the year.

The different bars in Ibiza know that it is time for friends to meet and that is why they take the opportunity to thematize their premises with Christmas decorations and offer different Christmas tapas based on the Ibizan cuisine. If you want to know more about the different dishes that are served at Christmas in Ibiza take a look at this post.

Christmas market

Christmas market. VICENT MARÍ

For a long time over the Christmas season and on one of the main streets of Ibiza, Vara de Rey, a Christmas market is set up, which you cannot miss. This is where they sell hundreds of items designed both for those who are not sure what to gift these holidays and also for the forgetful ones who have not yet bought a Christmas tree to set up in their homes, whatever the reason, a walk through this market is a must.

Christmas Fair

Christmas Fair. Photo by Sergio G. Cañizares

For the children, there are two fairs that are organized where attractions and activities for the whole family are abundant:

Plaça de Antoni Albert i Nieto is a space for children, with adapted attractions, bouncy castles and areas with activities that get everyone involved.

While the Parquin Es Pou Sant 1 is the place where teenagers will spend the winter afternoons riding in dizzying roller coasters, driving at full speed in bumper cars and even riding in a huge ferris wheel.

New Years Eve

We’ve arrived at one of the most anticipated days for all. It is a night where families and friends gather around a table, either at home or in different restaurants throughout Ibiza. Many of these restaurants offer a special New Year’s Eve menu, so those who do not wish to have to worry about all the chaos involved in preparing a dinner of this nature for the whole family they don’t have to.

After the traditional eating of the 12 grapes, it’s time to party. The streets will be filled with all the residents dressed in their best clothes looking for a gap in the main bars of the island, so I recommend you be patient since you will be sure to find queues at the entrance of most places.

New Year

To start the new year and continue the party vibe, after having a good hot chocolate with churros and resting a few hours, it is best to join the traditional New Year’s party at the Circoloco nightclub. An event that none of the clubbers of the island will want to miss and gets to see the classic Circoloco artists reappear on the posters for one time over the winter period.

Cavalcade of the Magi

January starts strong for the little ones. The classic three king parades runs through the streets of Ibiza just as they do every year distributing sweets and gifts. The tour begins with the arrival of their majesties in the port of Ibiza to later travel the main streets of the city. This celebration takes place on January 6, but can be subject to change ensure as many families can join as possible. This event also takes place in Santa Eulalia, San Antonio and San Jose.