The decision to not switch on Palma's Christmas lights until 3 December may have proved to be unpopular with some shoppers and retailers, but the town hall anticipates that the switch-on day will prove to be a big incentive to "families who will come to spend the whole day in Palma".
Eva Frade (Som Palma), the councillor for citizen participation, has announced that events will at 17.30 on Saturday, 3 December. There will be novelties "with the aim of creating a show for children which at the same time will be magical for adults". There are to be three parades from different parts of the city centre that will come together in the Born.
Frade says that a "story will be told with acrobats and circus acts that explains how the Christmas magic arrives in Palma and illuminates the whole city". The switch-on will be more spectacular than ever, she states.
The parades will be of lights "carriers" along three routes in the city centre. At 18.00 the nativity and the royal mailbox at the town hall will be inaugurated and at 18.30 the Christmas lights show will start. A mix of magic, acrobatics and visual effects, this will take place in the Plaça de la Reina.
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