The Tree on Comercio Square
The Christmas lights are already up on the main streets of Baixa and Chiado, and the tree will be lit up in Comercio Square throughout the month of December. This year it will be 28 meters tall (over 90 feet) and will be a â€œhigh-techâ€ tree with real-time video projections of passers-by. It can be seen until January 6.
Just a short walk from Comercio Square, through Rua Augusta, youâ€™ll reach Figueira Square where youâ€™ll likely find people lined up outside Confeitaria Nacional throughout the month. That pastry shop sells the cityâ€™s most famous Christmas cake, â€œBolo Rei.â€ You donâ€™t necessarily have to go for that — you can simply enjoy a warm cup of coffee or tea and observe the festive ambience.
Free Christmas Concerts
December is the month of free Christmas concerts in several of Lisbonâ€™s churches, and this year theyâ€™re taking place from the 7th to the 22nd. The first one (on the 7th) is at 9:30 PM in SÃ£o Roque Church, then thereâ€™s one at 4PM at MarcÃªs Church on the 8th, also at 4PM in SÃ£o Nicolau Church on the 9th, at 9:30PM in Estrela Basilica on the 14th, at 4PM in GraÃ§a Church on the 16th, throughout the day at the SÃ£o Jorge Cinema on the 21st, and at 4PM in SÃ£o Domingos Church on the 22nd.
The Christmas Village
Many travelers to Lisbon also choose to visit medieval Obidos and in December thereâ€™s a big reason for that. It turns into a â€œChristmas Villageâ€ with snowmen, ice skating, Santa Claus and family activities. Itâ€™s happening from December 7 to January 2nd.