Each year, Els llumets herald the start of the holiday season in Mahon by climbing down from the tower of the Church of Santa Maria to kindle the Christmas lights.
On the first weekend in December each year, children and adults alike congregate at sundown around the Church of Santa Maria in Mahon to await the arrival of Els Llumets, which heralds the start of the Christmas season.
Els Llumets are four sprites who have been in charge of bringing the light of Christmas to Mahon for a number of years, In an atmosphere of eager expectancy accompanied by a full white moon, these fantastic beings slide down from the bell tower of the Church of Santa Maria to Plaza de la Constitución, to the delight of the youngest members of the audience.
After their long-awaited arrival and with a magical show, Els Llumets count to three, whereupon all the city lights are kindled, ushering in the celebrations and adorning the streets and plazas of Mahon with colour and joy.
On the very same day, the Fira de Nadal, an open-air market where all kinds of Christmas ornaments, gift objects and the season’s typical dishes can be found, is inaugurated on calle Ses Moreres.
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