This time last year Palma City Council had not even started putting up the Christmas lights, but the heart of the capital is already decked out, with engineers nearing the end of installing over 100'000 lights in nearly 100 streets in 58 Palma neighbourhoods. Last year the lights were switched on earlier than ever on November 24 with the decorations being put up just a week before, but this year's Christmas lights campaign got under way at the start of this month. Over the past few years the city council has made a concerted effort to light up as much of the city as possible, especially the areas which circle the city centre, and this year will prove no exception with at least four of the capital's main squares bathed in a sea of light over Christmas and New Year. When the Mayor of Palma throws the switch and lights up the city this month, city shopkeepers will be hoping that the mayor will also be able to charge up consumers after last Christmas and New Year's sluggish high street performance. Over the festive season the local council will be organising a series of events and entertainment to help attract shoppers to the city centre and keep the festive cheer flowing into the New Year. The thousands of lights will this year be on for at least six weeks, although as yet the city council has to confirm when the city decorations will be switched on, it is believed that this year will see the lights go on earlier than usual again.
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