Experience the Magic of Lisbon's Christmas Markets
The Christmas season in Lisbon is truly magical, with the city’s festive decorations and Christmas markets that offer much more than just shopping. These markets are vibrant cultural hubs where visitors can enjoy tasty cuisine and local liquors and experience the festive cheer. In this guide, we’ll explore the most enchanting Christmas markets in and around Lisbon, complete with all the necessary information on prices and schedules. If you’re interested in experiencing these festive markets, Portuguese For a Day Tours is available to make your trip a reality!
Christmas Markets In Lisbon
Wonderland Lisboa at Parque Eduardo VII (November 30 – January 1)
Imagine strolling through a festive wonderland under the sparkling lights of Lisbon. Wonderland Lisboa, nestled in the scenic Parque Eduardo VII, is a Christmas market not to be missed. Here, you can savor local delicacies and treats at various kiosks, explore artisan stands featuring unique, handmade Portuguese crafts, and immerse yourself in the joyous atmosphere. For those who love eco-friendly activities, there’s an ecological ice rink. Remember to take a spin on the giant Ferris wheel, hop aboard the charming Christmas train, and experience the thrill of the cart track. For the little ones, Santa’s Village awaits with its enchanting allure. The market operates on different schedules, ensuring you can find the perfect time to visit.
Schedule: Varies according to the day, but usually opens at 1 PM
Rossio Christmas Market (November 17 – December 23)
In the heart of Lisbon, the Rossio Christmas Market offers a delightful experience. This market is famed for its Christmas train, operated by Santa himself, accompanied by cheerful elves. The entire city twinkles with festive lights, ceremoniously turned on November 30, accompanied by dazzling fireworks and a free concert at Praça do Comércio. This is the moment Lisbon transforms into a winter wonderland.
Schedule: 10 AM-10 PM (weekdays) and 10 AM-11 PM (weekends)
Campo Pequeno Christmas Market (November 30 – December 3)
Campo Pequeno is your destination for those searching for the ideal Christmas gifts. Known for its variety and quality, this market is a treasure trove of gift ideas, perfect for capturing the essence of Portuguese Christmas to share with your loved ones.
Schedule: 11 AM-10 PM
Christmas Markets Outside of Lisbon
Cascais Christmas Village (November 30 – January 2)
Just a short journey from Lisbon, the Cascais Christmas Village in Parque Marechal Carmona offers an enchanting experience. It’s a festive paradise with a giant Christmas tree, a Ferris wheel, an ice-skating area, an Elves workshop, and the Enchanted Woods. The Christmas Village hosts concerts and offers a range of ticket prices, making it a fantastic destination for families and visitors of all ages.
Price: Free for children under two years old. Other ages start at €10. Family tickets are available.
Schedule: Varies according to the day, opening at 11 AM (except December 25 and January 1)
Reino de Natal in Sintra (December 1 – December 30)
The historic town of Sintra hosts the ‘Christmas Kingdom’, a unique and heartwarming event. Here, visitors are invited to contribute to a charitable cause, such as donating food or supplies for animals, to enter the market. The main attraction is in Parque da Liberdade, where whimsical creatures entertain children and families. Additionally, the Sintra National Palace area offers diverse stands for Christmas shopping.
Schedule: 11 AM – 7 PM
Óbidos Vila Natal (November 30 – December 31st)
Our final stop is Óbidos, a medieval town transformed into a festive ‘Vila Natal’. This year’s theme is a wizard’s school, where children can enjoy activities like quadball on ice, magical train rides, and a broomstick slide. Santa Claus himself ensures every child receives a unique Christmas gift. The town is beautifully dressed in holiday attire, making it a must-visit destination.
Price: €8 to €10
Schedule: opens at 11 AM, closing time varies according to the day
And for those who want to indulge in the festive season fully, check out our blog post on what to eat in Portugal during this Holiday Season(opens in a new tab). You might also find it intriguing to explore Portuguese Christmas Traditions in this blog post(opens in a new tab).
Bonus Tip: A Dazzling Light Show at Armazéns do Chiado
Don’t Miss the Magic!
As a special addition to your Lisbon Christmas market tour, visit “Armazéns do Chiado”, a renowned shopping mall in the heart of Lisbon. Starting at 5:30 PM daily and every 30 minutes, the mall transforms into a spectacle of lights and music. This light show, visible from the outside, is a mesmerizing dance of colors synchronized to festive songs, creating an unforgettable holiday atmosphere.
Santa’s Throne: A Delight for Children
Inside Armazéns do Chiado, amidst the shops and holiday decor, lies a magical spot for the little ones – Santa’s Throne. Here, children can meet Santa Claus and capture a cherished moment with a photograph. This experience adds an extra touch of Christmas joy, making your visit to Lisbon even more magical.
Join Us for a Magical Tour
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