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PALMA LIGHTS UP FOR CHRISTMAS

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Christmas in Palma de Mallorca

Palma.—Instead of Ho! Ho! Ho! it was more Boo! Boo! Boo! when Mayor Mateu Isern, accompanied by Majorcan martial arts Olympian Brigit Yagüe, switched on the Christmas lights from the balcony of City Hall.

But, instead of the usual cheers of joy, he was harangued by some 300 demonstrators protesting against austerity cuts. In fact, they made so much noise that in the build up the municipal band, which had been pumping out some traditional Christmas tunes decided to pack up and go.

However, once the crowd had dispersed the Mayor and his team went for a wander around the city centre to see the lights for themselves. This year there are a few new features to Palma’s Christmas programme.

There is the Nit del Born (night of the Born) and a special festive workshop for young children.
The City Council’s Christmas budget is actually 10’000 euros more than last year and, according to the Councillor for Social Welfare, Sandra Fernandez, “in times of hardship, people deserve some moments of fun and families and children should be allowed to enjoy the festivities.” The idea of the Nit de Born is to transform the heart of the city into a vibrant Christmas commercial centre and to attract people into the city centre, primarily Jaime III, the Born and Calle Union, there will be a host of live acts to lift people’s spirits and, as far as the retailers are concerned, their consumer confidence.

And, as always, there will be the traditional Christmas markets in Plaza Mayor, along the Ramblas and Via Roma and in Plaza de la Porta Pintada.

source: majorca dailybulletin.es

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