Are you looking for things to do in Lisbon for Christmas? If you live in Lisbon or have decided to visit it for Christmas, well done! Lisbon is always a great idea, but at Christmas is an excellent idea!
It must be said that every year, Lisbon seems to become more and more Christmassy. Probably it's also because the local government spends more and more attention on attracting tourists. Lisbon is decorated with thousands of Christmas lights and the main squares feature giant Christmas trees. Walking around the city center, you will hear Christmas songs everywhere and on top of everything, the best part is that temperatures are mild!
Here's a list of the best things to do in Lisbon at Christmas, whether you are a local or a tourist!
1. Christmas Markets in Lisbon
This Christmas, Lisbon hosts once again several Christmas Markets all around the city. One of the most popular markets is Sao Pedro de Alcantara. It’s a cute market which offers a lot of Christmas things.
There is another one in Campo Pequeno, a former bullfight arena turned into concert and event house. Here, you’ll be able to shop your way into Christmas spirit and discover the traditional pastries and to get souvenirs back home.
2. Food, Oh Glorious Christmas Food...
If you’re in Lisbon for Christmas, you must, yes, you must try “bolo-rei”. Bolo-rei (“king-cake” in English) is one of the traditional Christmas desserts in Lisbon While you are in Lisbon, make sure to also indulge on some Leite Creme. Leite creme is a little similar to the French crême brulée. The main difference is that Leite creme is boiled while the crême brulée goes to the oven. Try and then decide which one you prefer!
3. Admire the Christmas lights in Lisbon
Streets in Lisbon are some of my favourite in the whole world. I love its cobbled, steep, narrow streets. But decorated with Christmas lights I guess, Lisbon's streets are magical.
4. Wonderland Lisboa
Wonderland Lisboa is the Portuguese version of Winter Wonderland in London. A fantastic Christmas fun fair and market hosted every year in the city. Gather your friends, family and colleagues and head to Parque Eduardo VII. Everyone will enjoy the ice rink, carousel, ice ramp, Christmas tree and giant snow globe. You can also pick up last minute Christmas gifts from local artisans and artists. Oh! And make sure to stop at the various food stalls to enjoy the season's food and drink.
5. Explore Lisbon at Christmas
If you’re in Lisbon for the first time, you can leave the city without visiting some of the best areas of Lisbon. Make sure to visit Bairro Alto and Cais do Sodre. Grab some castanhas (roasted chestnuts) while you walk around the city and remember to take it all in! If you need some inspirations, make sure to read our guide to Lisbon.
6. Enjoy a Christmas Concert in Lisbon
Last, but not least, if you’re in Lisbon this Christmas, you should totally go to one of the many Christmas concerts taking place in churches around the city.