Blessed with mild temperatures during the winter, Portugal’s capital city is one of the best European cities to visit during the holiday season. The magic of strolling through Lisbon’s cobblestone streets filled with colorful balls, stars, and ribbons with lights adorned over the facades at this time of year attracts tourists from all over the world. Concerts in churches, Christmas trees, skating rinks and small villages to visit Santa Claus give the city a warm and exciting sense of joy and well-being to locals and visitors alike. Here is a roundup of just 6 of some of the best experiences to take in during a visit to Lisbon for the holidays.
Enjoy the Wonderland Lisboa Christmas Market
The event that fills Parque Eduardo VII with Christmas spirit is back and with it the ferris wheel, which offers a panoramic view over Lisboa. It is joined by an ice rink and the village of Santa Claus. Visitors will enjoy the Christmas tree and lights, as well as entertainment, food trucks, craft stalls, regional products, fashion and confectionery.
Located in Praça do Rossio, the Rossio Christmas Market is another place to visit during the holidays. This year it will have special lighting and will be expanded, now offering twice as many wooden houses where handicrafts and traditional flavors of Lisbon’s gastronomy will be the kings.
The Hospital das Bonecas, a traditional hospital for dolls and a store, will exhibit a large collection of antique dolls. And, for the little ones, the Christmas Train will be free and will run through the streets of Baixa.
Countdown and Welcome 2023 at the Royal Palace
New Year’s Eve at the Royal Palace to welcome 2023 in the heart of Lisbon. Considered an unmissable New Year’s Eve event in the capital, the already famous countdown with an audiovisual show is an event travelers should not miss. With dinner and a party that extends beyond midnight, the event rolls out the red carpet for the new year at the Pavilhão Carlos Lopes and presents the best music with nationally renowned artists to say goodbye to 2022 in style.
10 hours of Fun at Neopop X Fuse Records
Lisbon hosts the biggest New Year’s Eve party in the country. Lisbon’s New Year’s Edition Neopop X Fuse Records promises 10 hours of fun with renowned artists in the techno world, such as Richie Hawtin, Ben Klock, Chris Liebing and Anfisa Letyago. Neopop and Fuse Records are joining forces to create an unforgettable New Year’s Eve in Lisbon, to the sound of top artists and emerging national names, in what will be the biggest party in the country.
Live the Christmas Spirit at Christmas Circus
The Christmas Circus arrives at this time of the year to spread magic and joy among children and adults. Without animals but with a lot of emotion and amazement, clowns, magicians, jugglers, and acrobats pay homage to the Christmas spirit. “Come and dream with us, because the circus is the only place in the world where you can dream awake” is the invitation from the organization that has been bringing Christmas cheer to Lisbon for 132 years.
Feel the Wow Effect at Cirque du Soleil “Crystal”
After a two-year break, Cirque du Soleil, the biggest circus company in the world, is back in Lisbon to present a magical and exciting show. ‘Crystal’ is the story of a young woman who dives into the universe of her own imagination. Feeling out of sync with herself, the protagonist ventures out on a frozen lake, where she falls and dives into an underwater world. Head down and far from the surface, she finds a reflection of herself and lets herself be guided by this world, driven by her own creativity. In an unprecedented show, this creation by Cirque du Soleil is a performance on ice, where skaters and acrobats come together to defy gravity in a fluid and magical presentation.
Musical bands to welcome 2023 in Terreiro do Paço
Lisbon’s New Year’s Eve will once again be celebrated at Terreiro do Paço with performances by renowned musicians such as Paulo Gonzo, Cuca Roseta, Bonga, Batukadeiras X, Elida Almeida, Lura, Pongo and Samuel Úria who will take the stage from 10:30 pm. At midnight, the arrival of 2023 will be marked with a fireworks show to the sound of original music created by Moullinex.