There has been a growing sense of anticipation about when Palma City Council is finally going to turn the Christmas lights on after this year having started putting them up two weeks earlier than usual. Palma's Christmas lights are to be switched on tomorrow evening when the Mayor of Palma, Joan Fageda emerges onto the balcony at city hall to throw the main switch. Following a quick toast, the Mayor accompanied by local councillors and dignitaries will then go on a walk about the city centre to meet those out Christmas shopping and savour the capital's Christmas spirit. One of the reasons for the early start to putting the lights up is that six new areas of the capital will be lit up this year. General Riera, Francesc Suau, Ausies March, Joan Massanet and the Paseo Maritimo will be bathed in Christmas lights as never before. This Christmas a total of 98 streets have been decorated by the city council in a total of 85 neighbourhoods. In the city centre, tomorrow night the Mayor will switch on 122'000 light bulbs and a further 35'000 bulbs elsewhere in the city. It has taken council engineers the best part of four weeks to put up the total 157'000 light bulbs, all of which have had to be tested to make sure they all work.

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