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2014/11/28

Portugal: Christmas Events

Christmas in Lisbon by ATL
In most towns and cities there are Christmas lights in the historic centres inviting the population to take a look at their city with the Christmas spirit. Christmas markets, concerts and a variety of shows are organised with special attention being given to activities for all the family. Here are some events planned for this season.

Lisbon
Christmas Concerts
- In the city's historic neighbourhoods, the Christmas season is celebrated with concerts in churches and in the most important monuments

Nativity Scenes
- A Nativity Scene competition will liven up the shop windows in Rua Augusta, in downtown Lisbon, but it is worthwhile visiting the historical nativity scenes from the 17th and 18th centuries. You can see them at the Estrela Basilica, in the Mártires Basilica, at Lisbon Cathedral and at the National Museum of Ancient Art, by the sculptor Machado de Castro, at the National Tile Museum, made by António and Dionísio Ferreira, in the 17th century, at "Igreja do Sacramento" and at "Igreja da Anunciada" in "Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte".
The collection of Nativity Scenes of the wife of the President of the Republic is also well-known, and can be seen each year at the Museum of the Presidency of the Republic.

Natalis
FIL, Parque das Nações 3rd to the 7th of December
http://natalis.fil.ptUm grande mercado de Natal com várias áreas temáticas, um programa de eventos alusivos à época e o maior Parque de Diversões indoor do país, a FIL Diverlândia.

Cascais
5th of December to the 6th of January
Very close to Lisbon, the town of Cascais decorates itself during this season and once again promises to have a Big Wheel, with a view of the sea, a big attraction this Christmas.

Óbidos Vila Natal
5th of December to the 4th of January
www.obidosvilanatal.pt1 hour away from Lisbon, Óbidos is a medieval town which is worth visiting. During the month of December, it fills with light, colour and fantasy and becomes "Vila Natal", with Santa's House, shows, games, ice rink, bouncy castles and much more entertainment for the whole family.

Porto
From the 28th of November, in addition to the usual lights, which will be centred on Avenida dos Aliados, Rua das Flores and Torre dos Clérigos, the city of Porto will have a lot of entertainment, 2 ice rinks (Praça D. João I and Rotunda da Boavista) and a large Christmas Market at Praça da Liberdade.

Terra dos Sonhos (Land of Dreams)
Santa Maria da Feira, 4th of December to the 4th of January
www.terradosonhos.com30 km from Porto, you can visit the theme park of Terra dos Sonhos (Land of Dreams) in Santa Maria da Feira, where you will find many characters and stories of childhood imagination, such as fables, legends, fairy tales and the charm of Christmas, which always grab the attention of all.

Penela
8th of December to the 5th of January
www.penelapresepio.comAbout 30 km from Coimbra, the city of Penela will have the usual Animated Nativity Scene, one of the largest historical recreations of the sort in the country. Those who visit Penela can also see the traditional nativity scene of Espinhal and the Museum and the Roman Town of Rabaçal.


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