During this time, the Portuguese capital prepares to host the most festive season of the year.
In December, Lisboa becomes more even more colourful and warm. The thousands of bright Christmas lights decorating the city transform it into a real Christmas tale setting. Christmas fairs are held all around town, as well as enjoying the season's own festive spirit. The churches are filled with music and the city's main square - Terreiro do Paço and Praça do Munícipio become the perfect host for these festivities that
continue into the New Year.
During this holiday season, the traditional delicacies such as "Bolo Rei" (fruit cake) the irresistible "Sonhos" or the renowned "Rabanadas" (French toast) can be enjoyed in cafes and patisseries all over Lisboa. And why not go in search of the best "Bolo Rei" in town? Year after year, the competition is fierce and the recipes are enhanced to the customer's delight.
After indulging in the Christmas delicacies, prepare to lose the calories gained at the famous São Silvestre race on December 29, starting at Aveinda da Liberdade and crossing the city centre.
And it's with one's family and among friends that Lisboa usually celebrates the New Year. On the night of December 31, the city brightens up to welcome the year 2016. Thousands of people take to the streets to celebrate, especially in the Historic Centre, Bairro Alto, Santos and Parque das Nações. In keeping with tradition, the big party is held in Terreiro do Paço, where there will be performances and a firework display to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.
Christmas Lights | 30 Nov. to 6 Jan.
Rossio Square: 18h00 » 01h00
except 24/25 DEC / 31 DEC. / 1 Jan.
(18h00 » 6h00)
Pista de Gelo Kinder (Ice Skating rink) : 8 Dec. to 10 Jan.
Terreiro do Paço: 10h00 » 22h00
except: 31 DEC. & 2 Jan.
(10h00 » 18h00)
Christmas market | 8 to 24 Dec.
Praça do Município (City Hall Square): 12h00 » 23h00
except: 24 DEC.
12h00 » 16h00
Video Mapping: The Enchanted Doors | 11 » 20 Dec.
Terreiro do Paço: Sessions 19h00, 20h00, 21h00
Christmas Fair – at Baixa Acontece | 4 » 23 Dec.
Rossio square: 10h00 » 20h00
CAP Fair | 17 » 20 Dec.
Restauradores Square: 10h00 » 20h00
Christmas Market: 4 Dec. » 3 Jan.
Avenida (Avenue) da Liberdade:
Sunday » Thursday: 10h00 – 20h00
Friday » Saturday: 10h00 – 20h00
Artisans Market: 21 Dec. » 6 Jan.
Rua (Street) Augusta
10h30 » 20h00
Source: Turismo de Lisboa