Christmas is a season full of light, colour, aromas and unique flavours. For many it means they can be closer to home, family and friends, giving and getting presents while celebrating that a new year is coming. In Mallorca, besides not having a snowy weather, Christmas spirit is very strong for all the inhabitants of the island.
In fact, all the communities that live here seem to want to share their different traditions and one of the ways in which we can discover more about other ways of celebrating Christmas is through the different events, markets and bazaars organised in Palma and other villages.
Mallorca Christmas markets are an excellent option to find those ornaments that will decorate your home during this festivity. It is undoubtedly one of the best plans for families and couples from November. In Palma or in one of the many villages in the island, and you will be able to find a multitude of handicraft objects to decorate and give away, as well as a large number of gastronomic products related to Christmas traditions from the island and abroad.
And for this reason, today we want to talk to you about the Christmas Bazaar of the Swedish Church of Mallorca, which for more than thirty years marks the beginning of the calendar of Christmas fairs and markets in the island and is one of the most prominent preludes to the festivities here as it even welcomes visitors who come from other places to see it and walk among its stalls.
What you will learn about the Swedish Church Christmas Bazaar:
- What you must know to attend.
- What you will find there.
1. What do you need to know to attend the Swedish Church Christmas Bazaar?
Where is it held? In Joan Miró Avenue, 113, Palma.
When is it celebrated this year? On November 26, 27 and 28, 2021
Which is the schedule? Free entry from 11:00 to 20:00
2. What will you find in the Swedish Church Christmas Bazaar?
The Swedish Church Christmas Bazaar, which is held annually, has become one of the most interesting markets in Palma. There you can buy all kinds of objects and typical products of this holiday and, what is equally important, discover the Scandinavian tradition and their Christmas spirit.
In this market you can find all kinds of Christmas decorations typical of the Scandinavian regions, such as the multiple representations of Santa Claus, lights, stars, garlands, postcards, Advent calendars, candlesticks and candles, Swedish glassware, as well as multiple handicrafts including some textiles.
In this bazaar you can also participate in raffles and lotteries while listening to live music and classic Swedish Christmas carols. But in addition to its traditional songs that, although melodic, you may not understand, you will also find local artists covering most Christmas songs in English.
Gastronomy, perhaps the area that we like the most here in Treurer, also has its place in this Swedish Bazaar. Among the preparations, made by the members of the Swedish Church, which can be tasted here, we will find a typical Christmas bread, gingerbread, mustard, traditional sausages, sweets, cocas and various pastries, all delicious, from which it emerges the classic aroma of this holiday.
But without a doubt, one of the most outstanding culinary products is The Temptation of Janssons (Janssons Frestelse), a traditional recipe of Swedish gastronomy based on potato, onion and anchovies in olive oil and cream. A combination that is cooked au gratin giving rise to a semi-cake as nutritious as it is tasty.
Here we cannot forget the Glögg, a deliciously spiced mulled wine with cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, cloves, anise and cardamom that also includes orange peel, raisins and peeled almonds. Its origin dates back to 1890, decade in which it began to be served on the eve of Christmas and it is an ideal concoction to warm up in winter and leave a spectacular aroma in the room.
More than 300 litres of this concoction are usually sold in this Swedish bazaar. This only tells us that the one who tries it will definitely be willing to repeat it. But if you don’t arrive at the bazaar on time to get your own bottle and you consider that it’s difficult to acquire your own Glögg somewhere else, here is one of the recipes so that you can prepare it for the most special occasions of Christmas:
Glögg’s recipe (for a bottle of red wine).
- In a glass jar, add 150 ml of vodka, the skin of an orange, a small piece of ginger root, 2 sticks of cinnamon, 10 grams of allspice, 10 green cardamom seeds, 8 cloves and 1-star anise.
- Open a vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the inside with the knife to extract the seeds and place them in the jar. Shake the bottle, cover it and let the vodka infuse aromas for a day to a week in the fridge.
- To prepare the Glögg, you must put the contents of this jar in a large pot along with the red wine and 50 grams of brown sugar. Heat it for about 15 minutes until the sugar dissolves. To prevent the alcohol from evaporating, it’s important that you stir with a wooden spoon and that you control the heat so the concoction doesn’t boil.
- Once the sugar is dissolved, you can remove the pot from the heat and let the liquid rest for about an hour. Then you will only have to filter it with a fine strainer to remove the spices.
- Remember to heat it up and add some raisins and peeled almonds to the bottom of the cups where you are going to serve it, as it is how traditionally it’s taken. You just have to enjoy it and discover the infused nuances while testing the Glögg.