5 Best Christmas Markets in Lisbon

The Portuguese population is mostly Catholic, mainly due to the tradition and historical circumstances that Portugal had lived in the past. Therefore, we celebrate Christmas, which is lived in all regions of Portugal in a similar way. Usually, the food made in each house differs from the ancestors of the respective family. For example, the culinary tradition in Trás-os-Montes is different from Alentejo.

Christmas is a tradition that brings families together and reminds us of what really matters, the union with the people who are most valuable to us.

Just like many other countries, Portugal has some Christmas markets with many representative products of that time of the year.

This is the list of the 5 best Christmas markets in Lisbon, which are alternative to the usual options where you can find different gifts than the usual ones at the mall.

 

1. Christmas market at Campo Pequeno

Preça de Touros in Campo Pequeno

Preça de Touros in Campo Pequeno – by Felix König – by Wikimedia Commons

The dates for the Christmas market in Campo Pequeno are confirmed every year on this website.

In Campo Pequeno Arena you will find a market full of activities for the whole family. Workshops, gastronomy and exhibitions are part of this market. There are usually more than 100 exhibitors full of Portuguese handicrafts and many things more! It is one of Lisbon’s main markets for Christmas!

Dates: November 29th to December 2nd, from 11h30 to 21h30
Entry cost: 2 €
Location: Campo Pequeno Arena
Metro station: Campo Pequeno

2. Wonderland Parque Eduardo VII

Parque Eduardo VII Lisbon

Parque Eduardo VII Lisbon – by Lilith Lima – by Wikimedia Commons

Wonderland is a Christmas market in Eduardo VII Park, located in the city centre. In the park, there is a Ferris wheel, with air-conditioned cabins and a 360º view in the cabins. There is always an ice rink where over 100 people can ice skating for free.

For the little ones, there is a kind of Christmas village where they can take their photograph with Santa Claus. There are many activities to entertain the younger ones. In addition to all these attractions, you can find at the market many stalls with regional products, clothing, accessories and handicrafts.

Metro station: Parque or Marquês de Pombal
Dates: usually the whole month of December
Entry: free

3. Natalis

Lisbon EXPO 98

Lisbon EXPO 98 – by António Cabral – by Wikimedia Commons

 

The Natalis Christmas Market takes place at FIL (Lisbon International Fair), which is a set of pavilions where most of the major fairs in Lisbon take place. FIL in 1998 hosted EXPO98.

In this big Christmas event, families are provided with a set of activities for the little ones and the older ones. Natalis offers you books, food, fashion and accessories, crafts, decoration and much more. These products are divided by the initiatives “Santa Claus Square”, “Vegan Square”, “Candy Square”, “Petiscos Square” and “Hall of Experiences”.

At “Santa’s Square” you can find various gifts for your friends and family. From goldsmiths, crafts, music and toys.

Christmas is for everyone. All tastes, all ways of being in life, all ways of thinking. This year, Vegan Square was created on Natalis. Being vegan should not be a deterrent to celebrating Christmas. Therefore, Natalis offers Vegan products.

The “Candy Square” is an area selling chocolate, convent sweets and Christmas sweets and where children and adults can create their own delicacies.

At the “Petiscos square” we find traditional gastronomic products, set in a terrace, where you can have a light meal or simply buy to take.

Entry: free
Metro station: Oriente
Dates: 4th to the 8th of December (4, 5 and 8 of December from 15H-21H | 6 and 7 of December from 15H-23H)
Website

4. Óbidos vila natal

With the arrival of December, the village of Óbidos is filled with light, colour and fantasy. It becomes a dream place, where everyone (children and adults) can live magical experiences, amid numerous games and fun.

Santa’s House, the Nativity scene, shows, games, ice rinks, inflatables, there are many activities that await you, to provide you with special moments that you can enjoy with your family. Visitors will also be able to assist to magic, circus, comedy, theatre and puppet shows and there is also a lot of animation throughout the venue.

Christmas will then be the time to remember the good old days that the older people have lived and be a child again. Families have fun and make new memories with the younger ones.

Whenever you go to Óbidos Christmas market, take the opportunity to visit the village of Óbidos for its history and its representative elements, such as the castle.

Address: Óbidos Municipality
Dates: November 29th 2019 to January 5 2020
Website

5. Cascais Christmas village

Cascais decorations during Christmas

Cascais decorations during Christmas – by Catarina Ribeiro

Over 27 days, Marechal Carmona Park will become the magical Christmas Village, with this year’s theme “Journey to the Magic of Christmas”.

Christmas environments will be recreated at the park, such as the imagery of the “living” Nativity scene. You’ll find many activities for the little ones and attractions such as Santa’s house, the “enchanted woods” where you can see real reindeer, and so many others like the Carousel, the Christmas train and the True Ice-Skating experience.

Adults can remember their childhood through the living history of the Nativity scene, recreating the advent of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the Oasis with three wise men and their magnificent true camels, the Roman camp with Legionaries and Gladiators, and the Nazarene town.

In addition, you can always visit the city of Cascais and enjoy the beautiful sea views.

Tickets: 6,5€ children up to 11 years and over 65 years. The rest is 7,5€.
Dates: December 5th 2019 to January 1st 2020
Website

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