The arrival of Christmas in Ibiza

December 1st, 2012 - 2:35 pm Posted in ibiza | Comments (0)

November 30th marked the arrival of the Christmas festivities in Ibiza Town, when the Christmas tree lights and street decorations were turned on in the Vara de Rey just after dark at 6pm. In my view the installation of bright, twinkling, Christmas lights are the best thing that can happen to brighten up dark December days, so this occasion needs to be celebrated, and it was. A decent sized (but not too large) crowd assembled to witness the occasion, and to hear children singing Christmas songs and carols around the tree afterwards.

The Vara de Rey has been transformed for the season with stalls selling food and gifts. There is a Christmas market in a marquee selling decorations, nativity scene figures and gifts, open until December 23rd from 10.00-22.00 everyday. And there’s a Craft Market open until January 6th from 10.00-14.00 and 17.00-22.00, selling a range of gifts including jewellery, hats, scarves and bags.

There are also a number of stalls selling a wide variety of food and drink, to sustain you whilst admiring the tree and the lights and shopping. My favourite was the one selling bread with cheese, sausage or sobrasada (locally made sausage) with a small cup of red wine for a euro, but also available were crepes, corn on the cob, roast chestnuts, candy floss, and churros.

If you’re not into shopping, eating or drinking, there are a few fairground-type stalls where you can while away a few minutes, by shooting at targets or balloons, or throwing balls at tin cans and the like.

Without a doubt this was an enjoyable start to the Christmas festivities, and I recommend a visit to the Vara de Rey for a snack and a browse whilst you’re in town or doing some Christmas shopping, especially after dark when all the lights are on.

The full programme of Christmas events from the Ajuntament D’Eivissa can be downloaded from here (only in Spanish and Catalan):

Bon Nadal, Feliz Navidad, Happy Christmas!

Words and photos by ClaireB

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