Praça Luis de Camões. Photo by Miguel Manso

It’s only December 25th, but Christmas has already begun in Lisbon.

Pérola Bianca
Dec 13, 2019 · 3 min read

The most expected season of year has come for many: Christmas.
Lisbon is already prepared for the festivities: the Christmas lights were switched on at 18th of November 29.

Praça do Comércio — Terreiro do Paço .Photo By Mark Tema Espectacular

At Praça do Comércio, you can witness this magical moment with “the famous 30-meter Christmas tree, equivalent to the height of the Belém Tower”, with more than two million and 350 thousand LED lamps — which allow 80% energy saving.
Just so you can have an idea, these lamps have a total length of light cord of approximately 27 km, which is slightly less than the journey between Lisbon-Cascais.

The light show spreads throughout the city, among the illuminated points we have at the Luiz de Camões Square, Augusta Street and Intendente.

Largo do Intendente.Photo By Mark Tema Espetacular

Where can you see lights in Lisbon?

The avenues

Av. Almirante Reis, Av. da República, Av. do Uruguai (from Pastelaria Evian to Estrada de Benfica), Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo; Av. Grão Vasco; Av. Guerra Junqueiro; Av. Igreja (from Av. Roma to Av. Rio de Janeiro); Av. João XXI; Av. Liberdade; Av. Roma (between Praça de Londres and Av. Estados Unidos da América).

Broads and Squares

Fachada da Câmara Municipal de Lisboa; Largo do Chiado; Largo Camões; Largo do Intendente Pina Manique; Largo do Calvário; Marquês de Pombal; Praça do Comércio; Praça do Chile; Praça de Alvalade; Praça do Município; Praça dos Restauradores; Praça Duque Saldanha; Praça da Figueira; Praça de Londres; Praça do Príncipe Real (from jardim do Príncipe Real to Jardim da Igreja); Rossio; Terreiro do Paço — Christmas Tree.

Praça Luis de Camões.Photo By Mark Tema Espetacular

The streets

Rua do Carmo; Rua da Misericórdia; Rua do Ouro; Rua da Prata; Rua Augusta; Rua de Belém; Rua Castilho (from Rua Alexandre Herculano to Rua Joaquim António de Aguiar); Rua D. Duarte; Rua D. Pedro V (from jardim de S. Pedro de Alcântara to Jardim Príncipe Real); Rua da Palma; Rua dos Fanqueiros; Rua Ferreira Borges; Rua Garrett; Rua Morais Soares (fromPraça do Chile to Paiva Couceiro); Rua Nova do Almada; Rua Pascoal de Melo.

But not only lights live Lisbon … there are also Christmas markets.
In addition to seeing the lights scattered around the boulevards, squares and streets, you will also be able to see several Christmas markets, which spread throughout the city.

Two of them have been, in recent years, the biggest attractions of the city: Wonderland and Diverlandia.

Wonderland Lisbon, from 30 November 2019 to 5 January 2020

From the ferris wheel to the ice rink, Parque Eduardo VII becomes a “charming village of Natal”. Besides the fun for kids and adults, the market also has the usual stalls with regional products, clothing, accessories and handicrafts.

Diverlandia, 6 December 2019 to 5 January 2020

Diverlandia is FIL’s largest indoor popular fair in the country with “fun for all ages”. The space intends to remember the summer times in the popular festivals that take place all over the country, not forgetting, of course, Christmas.
FIL also receives Natalis, between December 4th and 8th.

And finally, the Christmas song around town
The magic of the holiday season is also done with music. The Chamber prepared a program with concerts, workshops and visits to the city’s cultural heritage, from December 1st to 21st. The theme is “Discovering the city to sing Christmas”.

In Lisbon, the highlight is the traditional church concerts and other places of worship, such as Lisbon’s Ismaili Center and Radha Krishna Temple. With free admission, the musical script takes place between December 1st and 21st. This year, seven churches receive the music of orchestras and choirs.

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