WHAT would Christmas be without a pantomime? Fortunately British residents in Majorca do not have to worry about that as each year the Bay Entertainers put on a traditional panto, and this year is no exception.
The choice this year is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and tonight is the opening night.
The first show is at 8pm at the Auditorium's Sala Mozart, and there will also be shows at 4 and 8pm tomorrow and 4pm on Sunday.
The Bays work extremely hard in preparing these shows, and at one point earlier this year it seemed uncertain whether or not we would have a panto, as a couple of key members decided they needed a break. But the show must go on, the difficulties were overcome and now it is all stations go.
There is not much entertainment in English on the island - although the situation regarding the cinema has improved, there is still a long way to go -- and shows such as this deserve support.
THE junior chorus of Centre Stage Products will be taking part in an ecumenical celebration of Christmas at the Cathedral at 5pm on Sunday. They will be accompanied by the Cathedral's boys choir, known as the vermells because of the red cassocks, and the Tuna, a university group.
There are still a few Christmas fairs and markets this weekend.
They include one in the Portals Nous Boulevard from 12 noon to 8pm tomorrow, organised in collaboration with the Calvia town council. It involves music, entertainment, a tombola (an essential part of any fair or market here) and rumour has it that Santa will also put in an early appearance.
On Sunday, it is the turn of the Santa Ponsa country club, which promises a day of entertainment for the whole family.
But it is not all singing and entertainment, Age Concern has a hamper appeal, and volunteers will be collecting non-perishable food items outside the Nice Price Supermarket in Costa den Blanes from 11am to 2pm.