Christmas in Ibiza

Lotus Ibiza - Christmas gifts and decorations 2010

We’re dreaming of a White Ibiza Christmas… Sure, it’s nice to enjoy the balmy December weather (23 degrees yesterday!), to stroll around without coats, scarves or gloves, to jog on the beach or to sit at our favourite bars in the open air at night, but there’s just a little part of us that is envious of the UK, most of Europe and New York right now… Let it snow? Not likely in Ibiza!

But we do still love our own version of a winter wonderland, of course. The island has just undergone its annual transformation to resemble Santa’s village, with beautiful lights and decorations strung from every street light, tree and building in the major towns and villages, Christmas markets lining the main square, a huge tree lit up at the end of Vara De Rey and even the famous palm trees outside of Pacha are decked with festive red baubles. There’s also a fun fair for the little ones, oyster bars for the grown ups and plenty more. Snow – who needs it?

Ibiza Christmas market

Christmas market in Vara de Rey

‘Tis the season to be shopping and there’s no better place than the Christmas markets to get into the festive spirit. On Vara de Rey you’ll find all the trimmings, plus real live trees, to get your house jollied up and sparkling – not to mention all the wrapping paper, bows and ribbons you need to get wrapping your Christmas gifts. To make your Christmas tree really shine, take a drive to Santa Eulalia and visit furnishing and homewares stores Lotus and Magazin, who we think boast the most beautiful selection of Christmas decorations on the island.

Ibiza Christmas Lights

Iconic Ibiza nightclub Pacha gets dressed up for Christmas

A twist on traditional Christmas parties. Well, Ibiza has long been regarded as the party capital of the world, so it’s only fitting that for Christmas, the clubs and lounge bars get in on the act too. You’ll find an assortment of fiestas taking place every night of the week in the smaller bars and clubs such as Grial, Somni, BLU, El Club and Ispirito however the island’s locals make a point of heading up north on the weekends to get their groove on at Aura. Clubbers will rejoice at the news that even iconic super club Pacha gets in on the Christmas action, with huge colourful baubles hanging from the famous palm trees outside and big trees, a fireplace and decoration inside too. Christmas Eve is notoriously one of the best parties of the year… Have yourself a very Cherry Christmas!

Ibiza Christmas fun fair

The fun fair for kids in Ibiza returns for the holiday season

Santa Claus is coming to town. So in order to get your little ones to sleep to give him enough time to come down the chimney with his bag of goodies, you’ll need to tire them out first! The kiddies fun fair, located in Es Gorg (the industrial area near the main Ibiza Town roundabout – at night it’s so illuminated there’s no way you can miss it), is the perfect place to keep them entertained, with plenty of colourful rides like bumper cars, a pirate ship, house of horrors, and bucking broncos plus games, prizes to win and of course, plenty of junk food to fill those tummies with… after the rides of course! Grown ups will be pleased to hear there’s also a German sausage and beer stand to satisfy their hunger and give them something to do while the kids are upside down in the air. Open from 6pm – 10pm on weekdays and 11am – 1pm and 6pm to midnight on weekends and holidays.

Ibiza Christmas lights - Plaza del Parque

Sip champagne and dine on oysters in Plaza del Parque

Eat, drink and be merry. That’s what Christmas is all about right? Well there’s no better place to indulge in all three than Ibiza at any time of year and the yuletide is no exception. Ibiza’s best winter restaurants are now decked in decorations and planning their festive menus; cosy cafes in Ibiza town are serving deliciously spiced mulled wine and you’ll even find a sophisticated oyster and champagne bar set up on the red carpet in Plaza Del Parque, and another just by Croissant Show. For those who have more of a simple palate (and always popular with the little ones), the scents wafting from the Vara de Rey Christmas Market should be enough to send your senses into overdrive – think typical, fun fair food like hot dogs, candy floss, churros and chocolate. You’ll also find street stalls serving bite-sized pieces of local cheese and meats with a tiny glass of red wine for just 1€… you can’t get much more merry than that!

Lotus Ibiza - Christmas gifts and decorations 2010

Decorate your home with beautiful Christmas decorations from Lotus and Magazin, photographed by Gypsy Westwood

Keep your eyes on your inbox next week, for more details on all the Christmas and New Year festivities in Ibiza! Click here to subscribe.