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Ibiza Christmas diary: December 24 – 26 2021

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here on the white isle, with plenty of activities, entertainment, parties and special events on the calendar.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here on the white isle, with plenty of activities, entertainment, parties and special events lined up for residents and out-of-season holidaymakers. Here, our editor selects the best things to do in Ibiza to celebrate the holidays, from December 24 to 26, 2021.

Feast of the Seven Fishes at Il Buco

7pm – Friday December 24, 2021

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through Bottega Il Buco… Chef Tiago was serving up the traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner dubbed Feast of the Seven Fishes. OK, so it doesn’t rhyme but the buzzing Santa Gertrudis eatery does welcome one and all to gather on the terrace and in the cosy interior to enjoy a seven-course seafood dinner that includes anchovy crostini, salted prawns, octopus carpaccio, raw scallops, creamed cod, the classic spaghetti alle vongole and seared tuna with fennel pollen plus Panettone and chocolates for dessert, if you can possibly fit anything else in. The menu is 95€ per person and reservations are recommended.

Family Christmas Eve Supper at Six Senses Ibiza

7pm – Friday December 24, 2021

Christmas comes early at Six Senses Ibiza this year, with a Family Christmas Eve Supper in The Farmers’ Market starting at 7pm. The seasonal set menu (with vegetarian options available) is brimming with fresh Mediterranean flavours – think foraged wild mushrooms with pumpkin, vanilla and local almonds, alongside succulent scallops, Ibizan prawns and a decadent Angus beef served with rosemary and truffled potatoes before a surprise Christmas-inspired dessert. Open to hotel guests, islanders and visitors alike, and reservations are essential.

Christmas Eve Cocktails at Paradise Lost

9pm – Friday December 24, 2021

Ibiza’s favourite drinking den, Paradise Lost, invites one and all to Bekka’s Christmas Bosh as you wait for Santa to come tumbling down the Sa Penya chimney on Christmas Eve. Take a seat on the terrace or get cosy on the snug sofas indoors and settle in for a night of fine cocktails, great music plenty of good banter from 9pm until 3am. Order a mug of Jimmy’s Hot Winter Grog to get yourself into the festive spirit – quite literally – and see whether it leads you on the path to Santa’s Naughty or Nice List.

Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Lunch at A Mi Manera

8pm – Friday December 24, 2021 and 1pm – Saturday December 25, 2021

Set in a beautifully restored ancient finca on the iconic San Juan ‘restaurant road’, A Mi Manera is a magical place to spend the most wonderful time of the year. Surrounded by rich, working farmland that produces the organic vegetables that support the restaurant’s farm-to-table ethos, the charming venue begins its Christmas celebrations on Friday evening (with music by DJ Fleur Vosse) and continues on Saturday at lunchtime. On both occasions, dine on a six-course set Mediterranean menu with an Italian family influence, for 80€ per person including one welcome drink, appetisers, hot and cold starters, pasta and risotto, mains and dessert. Reservations highly recommended.

Christmas Day Brunch at Six Senses Ibiza

12pm – Saturday December 25, 2021

At Six Senses Ibiza, Christmas Day Brunch is served in The Farmers’ Market from midday until 4pm. It’s a magical Mediterranean affair made using produce from the resort’s own farm in Santa Gertrudis, including artichokes with Iberian ham and egg yolk, confit cod with chickpeas, slow-cooked lamb with parsnips, black olives and mint and more postre surprises. Later on, sip cocktails overlooking the sea at sunset, and take to your room (or head home if you’re an island resident) and simply relish the fact there’s no washing up to be done. The Six Senses Ibiza magic elves take care of everything for you.

Festive Christmas Brunch at Bottega Il Buco

1pm – Saturday December 25, 2021

Need a moment of sanity before the main event with your family begins? Want the chance to catch up with your Ibiza friends in the morning before hosting a lunch or going out to dinner? Maybe the kids want a chance to run around the playground and square in Santa Gertrudis, showing off what Santa Claus left under the tree? Whatever the reason. ’tis the season to gather together on the Bottega Il Buco terrace for a Festive Christmas Brunch on Christmas Day – with treats like eggs benedict and all your brunch favourites on the menu, it’s the best way to start your day (after opening presents of course!). And if you’ve forgotten to pick up gifts or wine, you can grab an Italian-themed Christmas hamper from the Alimentari, or a selection of premium tinned goods for snacks, plus a selection of some of the finest wines on the island while you’re there.

Christmas Lunch Menu at Numero 74 L’Atelier

1pm – Saturday December 25, 2021

You’ll have a holly jolly Christmas indeed if you book yourself in to enjoy the special set Christmas menu at the family friendly Numero 74 L’Atelier in Santa Gertrudis. Book a table on the sunny (and heated!) terrace or in the warm interior and get set to tuck into a festive feast that includes a winter warming soup, light bites to graze on, main courses to share such as roasted vegetables, farm chicken with veggies and chestnuts in za’atar sauce and delicious desserts like pavlova, dates with mascarpone, brownie, caramelised nuts and waffles for 60€ per person, and 25€ for the kids option which also includes the multi-activity table to keep them entertained while the grown-ups wine and dine.

Christmas Lunch and Dinner at Amalur

1pm and 8pm – Saturday December 25, 2021

Amalur is the ideal setting in which to gather your nearest and dearest, dress up in your finest and celebrate the festive season – just a few minutes from Santa Gertrudis, 10 minutes from the north and Ibiza town and 15 minutes from the south, the location couldn’t be more convenient on Christmas Day. Order your favourite Italian fine dining dishes from the à la carte menu for lunch or dinner – dishes that taste as every bit as exquisite as they look – and enjoy a long lazy lunch or a decadent dinner with cocktails, fine wines and Champagne in one of the most stylish settings in Ibiza.

Christmas Menu at Cas Gasi Restaurant

1pm and 8pm, Saturday December 25, 2021

Cas Gasi Restaurant at Christmas is truly something special. Lunch is divine, overlooking the valley and dinner is irresistibly romantic, whether you are a couple or with friends. Dine within the chic, stylish and warm restaurant interior as a carefully curated soundtrack floats across the airwaves and the refined selection of wine complements the flavours of the creative and delicious dishes on offer. The special set Christmas Day menu is 95€ per person, excluding drinks and includes an impressive array of festive treats such as fermented cauliflower from the hotel’s own garden, Normandy oysters with kosho lemon, ginger and sesame, homemade smoked salmon blinis with leek and Imperial caviar and veal carpaccio to start. For mains, choose between grilled hake with sesame, farm chicken cannelloni with fresh black truffle or the classic Christmas turkey with all the trimmings. And be sure to save room for dessert – white chocolate cream, nougat and Christmas sweets and the final touch.

Omakase Christmas at Cotton Sushi Lab

7pm – Saturday December 25, 2021

If you’re looking for an alternative to traditional Christmas fare or group get-togethers, Cotton Sushi Lab in Ibiza town is the perfect place for an intimate dinner with a twist. Instead of worrying about what to serve or even what to order, the high-end sushi menus are served omakase-style, allowing the master chefs behind the sleek blond wooden counter to make the selection for you. Innovative and creative, they use the freshest and finest fish and seafood available and present their creations piece by piece over the course of the evening – the best Christmas gift you a foodie could wish for. Open nightly throughout the holiday season, reservations are essential as seating limited to just 24 diners, and there are two sittings per evening at 7pm and 9.30pm.

Christmas Menu at Nagai

7pm – Saturday December 25, 2021

With DJ Clint Lee Fusing Japanese tradition with Ibicenco charm, Nagai stands out on Ibiza’s renowned San Juan ‘restaurant road’ thanks to walls decked with a unique urban art installation – an incredible geisha painting by internationally renowned artist Findac. Beyond the impressive façade however, lies a feast for all your senses and Christmas Day is no different. Cuisine comes courtesy of award-winning head chef Reina Nagai, and guests can choose from a fish, meat or vegetarian festive menu, with an optional wine and sake pairing. DJ Clint Lee provides the festive beats for this Christmas with a twist.

Pandora Christmas Party at Lío Ibiza

11pm – Saturday December 25, 2021

Lío Ibiza is officially in Christmas mode, and for those who are looking for somewhere to dance off those calories after they’ve tucked into their turkey, it’s the perfect place to be. On Saturday night, local event Pandora returns to the Marina Ibiza venue from 11pm until 5am for a special Christmas edition, with Angel Linde behind the decks alongside Ruben Solar. With a view across the port to the iconic skyline of Dalt Vila, there’s no better dancefloor for partying in Ibiza over the holidays and you’ll need a vaccine certificate or negative PCR, TMA or PRAg diagnostic test to gain entry. Email [email protected] for more info.

Boxing Day BBQ at Six Senses Ibiza

12pm – Sunday December 26, 2021

Just like in most households, when December 26 rolls around at Six Senses Ibiza there’s still plenty of food to be devoured – except instead of eating day-old leftovers, you’ll be treated to a gourmet Boxing Day BBQ of epic proportions in The Farmers’ Market from midday until 4pm. A selection of farm-fresh salads are complemented with poached eggs served with silky smoked salmon, Wagyu cured carpaccio with the added bite of rocket and Parmesan, sweet Josper-grilled carrots with yoghurt, Ibiza orange and basil, and sizzling fresh off the barbecue is the catch of the day with kale, almonds and beetroot or succulent beef with polenta chips and mushrooms. Festive desserts are par for the final course.

Boxing Day Sunset at La Torre Ibiza

5pm – Sunday December 26, 2021

If you’re looking for a lazy way to wind down after the Christmas festivities, there’s no better place than La Torre Ibiza for a beautiful Boxing Day sunset. Set on the cliffside of Cap Negret, the venue exudes old school Ibiza vibes thanks to its rustic chic décor, laid-back vibes, breathtaking views and an exceptional DJ line-up. Take a seat on the heated terrace and enjoy the seasonally inspired à la carte menu, fantastic cocktails and emotive soundtrack that is highly likely to bring a tear to the eyes as the blazing red sun melts into the sea.

Boxing Day Winter Menu at Olivia’s Ibiza Kitchen

1pm – Sunday December 26, 2021

When Christmas Day is done and dusted, the last dishes packed away and family member bade farewell, it’s time to catch up with your island friends and Olivia’s Ibiza Kitchen in Santa Gertrudis is the perfect culinary haven. With special winter set menus available, including the Christmas special with delicious options such as starters to share of homemade croquetas, octopus salpicon, the signature Olivia’s rib-eye steak tartar and tomato tatin, an option of roasted turkey with mashed potato and pumpkin pie, or roasted cauliflower with cranberry sauce and dinner rolls, or grilled salmon with green beans and corn casserole plus apple pie or chocolate tart with salted toffee for dessert, you’ll forget just how full you were the day before and can do it all again.

Boxing Day Sunday at Bottega Il Buco

2.30pm – Sunday December 26, 2021

This Christmas season in Ibiza, the charming terrace and cosy interior at Santa Gertrudis eatery Bottega Il Buco comes alive on Boxing Day, as friends and families gather together over fab food and live music to celebrate the end of the holiday festivities (at least, until New Year!). Chef Tiago Borge creates a special menu for the occasion, or you can tuck into the restaurant’s famous focaccia by the slice, while Sarita performs an acoustic live set. Order your favourite cocktails or wine and before you leave, stock up on luxe deli favourites from the Alimentari – perfect for post-festive snacking. Reservations recommended.

Boxing Day Sanctum Hiking Meditation at Six Senses Ibiza

4.30pm – Sunday December 26, 2021

As part of the Sanctum Solstice residency running at Six Senses Ibiza from December 21, 2021, to January 1, 2022 – open to the community – the experienced team lead a group of participants on a Boxing Day Hiking Meditation that’s all about accepting nature. On the cliffside and rolling hills of Cala Xarraca, there’s no finer place to immerse yourself in the beauty of the island and connect with your inner self. Sanctum is a holistic moving sequence that aligns your physical body with the mind and spirit – ideal for a healthy post-Christmas experience.

Festive Fun Fair at Can Misses

Ongoing, December 2021

Every day from 5pm, the annual festive fun fair – for kids and grown-ups alike – lights up the fairgrounds on the cusp of Ibiza town and Can Misses with its plethora of rides, games, food stalls and more. Take a ride on the Crazy Worm, challenge your friends on the dodgem cars, scale new heights in jail (‘El Carcel’), jump aboard the Viking Boat, relax on the classic merry-go-round, bounce on the trampolines and try your luck in one of the many game booths – you never know what you’ll win! In between your adrenaline-pumping adventures, fuel up on hot dogs, cotton candy hot chocolate and churros, roasted chestnuts and barbecued goodness. Fun for families and friends of all ages.