Living in Lisbon – Christmas and NYE Concerts, Light shows, Markets, and Fairs
It’s Christmas Season already! If you are living in Lisbon, you would have noticed the city slowly transform into a shimmering place of lights, decorations, music, amongst the usual hustle ‘n bustle.
Lisbon has something for everyone! Check out the list of what we think are the top 7 things to do this festive season!
1. Wonderland at Parque Eduardo VII
Lights, ice rink, rides, market stalls, food, Christmas Village, and performances- Not to be missed by families and those of all ages!
When: Friday 1 December, 2017 – Monday 1 January, 2018 | 24-31 December, 10AM – 4PM | 25 December & 1 January, 4PM-10PM
Where: Next to Marquês de Pombal, 1070-051 Lisbon
For more details: https://goo.gl/4Hx3Hf
2. O Messias, de Händel – Especial Natal
The Messiah, by Händel – Christmas Special Concert. Listen to the classics!
When: Sunday 17 December, 2017, 5PM
Where: Grand Auditorium, Praça do Império, CCB – Centro Cultural de Belém,
1449-003 Lisboa, Portugal
Tel: (+351) 21 361 24 00
Cost: FREE (Entry only for children over 6 years of age)
For more details: https://goo.gl/aNuk1M
3. Natal Social (Social Christmas)
A joint initiative of 4 cultural organisations, over 4 days: Crew Hassan + Anjos70 + BUS – Cultural Parade + Exile: with markets, concerts, jam sessions, workshops, and a dance party – get cultured this Christmas!
When: Wednesday 20 – Saturday 23 December, 2017
Ecstatic Dance Lisboa – Saturday 23 December, 2017, 6PM – 10PM https://goo.gl/2j2KkZ
Where: Regueirão dos Anjos 70, 1150-190 Lisbon
Cost: FREE (accepting donations of material goods)
For more details: https://goo.gl/Qsr7xK
4. Mercado da Baixa
A Special Christmas Edition of the Monthly Markets. Get your hands on some Portuguese gastronomy, Portuguese wines, also Contemporary food and craft products made by the locals.
When: Thursday 14 – Friday 22 December, 2017, 10AM – 10PM
Where: Praça da Figueira
Cost: FREE ENTRY
For more details: https://goo.gl/5R38RH
5. Ensemble Bomtempo e Orquestra de Câmara do Conservatório Nacional
A concert performance of “The Christmas Oratory” composed by Camillie Saint-Saëns, during the Romantic Era. It was said to have been composed in 11days, and performed on Christmas day, 1858.
When: Friday 15 December, 2017, 9.30PM
Where: Igreja da Graça, which holds a significant place in the history of Portugal.
For more details: https://goo.gl/zew2t7
6. LisbonLand Light Show, Alameda
Usually this light show is in Praça do Comércio*, but this year it has moved to Alameda! 4D video mapping, jets of fire in sync with the projected multimedia images telling a story of Christmas.
When: Thursday 14 – Saturday 23 December, 2017, 7PM, 8PM, 9PM
Where: Luminous Fountain of Alameda, Dom Afonso Henriques (on the green and also red subway line)
For more details: https://goo.gl/MUbjMk
*The video uploaded by a Youtuber, shows the 2015 Christmas light show at Praça do Comércio.
7. Noite De Ano Novo (New Year’s Eve)
Experience New Years Eve, Portuguese style! Watch the fireworks, riverfront in the beautiful Praça do Comércio Square, or further along the Rio Tejo, in Belém. Get there early and secure a spot! Listen out for the banging of pots and pans from the homes of the Portuguese, as some welcome the New Year, the traditional Portuguese way, literally with a BANG!
When: Sunday 31 December, 2017
Where: Praça do Comércio Square to Belém
8. [BONUS] Oficina do Natal, Light Show, Queluz
Whether you are visiting Lisbon / living in Lisbon, Sintra is a must-see destination. Located just outside the Capital, but SO worth the trip! We all know what a difference a bit of good lighting can make, but imagine the town of castles and palaces, lit up for Christmas! It can’t get anymore enchanting than that!
When: Thursday 14 – Saturday 23 December, 2017, 6PM-10.30PM | 6pm, 6.30pm, 7pm, 7.30pm, 8pm, 8.30pm, 9pm, 9.30pm, 10pm and 10.30pm|
Where: Terreiro do Palácio Nacional de Queluz, Sintra
For more details: https://goo.gl/Mn1J3R