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Ibiza’s imposing Cathedral, ironically named Our Lady of the Snows, is equally beautiful at this time of year and there is no better location for those attending mass or just wanting a quiet moment to reflect on the past year. If you prefer something a little less grand, the ancient village churches also host wonderful masses and other yuletide events. Christian faith is not a prerequisite to enjoying the incredible architecture and the general cheerfulness of the locals. Each little village transforms into a radiant display of happiness, with garlands of Christmas lights blooming across plazas, streets and storefronts. Unlike the pre-packed commercial cheer one finds in big cities, the Christmas love in Ibiza is authentic. And it’s also contagious, making it impossible for even the most hardened scrooge to repel the Christmas spirit.
Cosmopolitanism is Ibiza’s guiding principle and Christmas traditions crossover a multitude of cultures. This means you can find a Christmas event to join whether you’re Dutch, German, French or even Australian. Not everyone has the luxury (or for some, the irritation) that comes with a big family event and the island is crisscrossed with many so-called ‘orphans Christmas’ dinners, lunches, cocktails and any kind of gathering you can imagine. Cooking an indulgent dinner is not essential, as it’s perfectly acceptable to book a table at your favourite local restaurant and let someone else do the cooking (and the washing up, too!). Experiencing Christmas on a sun-drenched beach is not only the domain of those in the southern hemisphere.