The Christmas lights are now on, and the Christmas shopping has begun. Much like everywhere else, thereâ€™s plenty of Christmas spirit in Lisbon, and if youâ€™ll be in town this month and until New Yearâ€™s Day, youâ€™ll find special events around the city:
From December 7th to the 21st, there will be free Christmas concerts in several of the cityâ€™s churches. Some of the highlights: In SÃ£o Roque Church on the 12th at 9:30PM, in GraÃ§a Church on the 14th at 4PM, and in SÃ£o Domingos Church on the 20th at 9:30PM. There will also be a special concert of the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra on Sunday the 21st, at 5:30PM in SÃ£o Luiz Theater.
From the 12th to the 28th youâ€™ll find a Christmas market in the cityâ€™s largest square, PraÃ§a do ComÃ©rcio. Itâ€™s the perfect opportunity to find something special from Lisbon for a gift.
The market wonâ€™t be the only event in Comercio Square. From the 14th to the 23rd, there will be a multimedia show projected onto the faÃ§ades every night at 7PM, 8PM and 9PM. Itâ€™s a family show, lasting for about 15 minutes, with the theme of â€œChristmas wishes.â€
Outside Lisbon, to the north of the city in the medieval village of Obidos, is the annual â€œChristmas Village.â€ It presents several shows and activities from December 5th to January 4th within the castle walls: See Facebook photos of the event here
NEW YEARâ€™S EVE
As always, the major New Yearâ€™s Eve celebrations will also take place in Comercio Square, with the usual fireworks at midnight. There will be plenty of live music before that, and you may grab a seat for a meal or drink at one of the many tables surrounding the square.