How is Christmas in the Algarve? The Portuguese tradition is to celebrate with a family dinner on the evening of the 24th, with cod fish (Bacalhau). Not everyone, but most Portuguese will go at midnight to the church, after this presents can be opened, or the following day. Christmas day, the Portuguese have a lunch together. 26th of December, (boxing day), does not excist in Portugal, this is a normal day as every other day, shops open….
Around Christmas, there is much to do regarding entertainment such as concerts, and other type of performences. If you do not want to cook yourself, no problem at all, many restaurants in the Algarve organise Christmas dinners and lunches. Below we give a few options of the things to do with Christmas in the Algarve:
Dining and wining
23-27 Christmas Dinner Carvoeiro
Pimenta Preta Restaurant in Carvoeiro have prepared a mouth-watering Christmas Menu. This 4 course menu, which includes the traditional turkey along with a wonderful mixture of accompaniments is just €39 per person.
Pimenta Preta, Pestana Palm Garden Resort, Vale de Centeanes, Carvoeiro
Reserve a table: + 351 282 350 200
25 December – Christmas Lunch Almancil
Famous for their wonderful Carvery lunches, Restaurant Vaults in Almancil, has a great Christmas Carvery lunch on Christmas Day.
Vaults Restaurant, Ave 5 de Outobro, Almancil
Price: € 60
Festivities and Events
16-12 Christmas Dance show Lagos
The show will consist of several choreographies such as, Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Traditional Dance, Modern Dance, Ballroom Dancing Oriental Dance, Indian Classical Dance and Hip Hop, all of which will be presented by the students from the Lagos Dance Association.
Cultural Centre, Rua Lançarot e Freitas, No 7, Lagos
17-12 Christmas Concert Portimao
With the festive season almost upon us, the festive concerts also begin. Kicking off the season will be the Orquestra of Algarve with a series of Chrismas Concerts. Performing at the Tempo Theatre in Portimão the orquestra will interpret the works of renowned composers.
TEMPO, municipal Theatre Portimao
Price: € 10
22-12 The Sleeping Beauty Loule
The Sleeping Beauty has enchanted audiences for more than 100 years with its brilliant choreography and unforgettable score by Peter I. Tchaikovsky.
Based on a tale by Charles Perrault, Sleeping Beauty, is considered one of the greatest classical ballets of all time. Elegant costumes and magical sets complete this captivating world where true love really does conquer all.
This masterpiece, which has been danced by most dance companies throughout the world, is undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful from the illustrious Russian composer, Tchaikovsky.
Cine Theatro, Louletano, Ave Jose da costa Mealha, Loule
Price: from € 21
Winters tend to be mild averaging around 15º and this is the season with the most rainfall. The Algarve gets on average 50 days of rainfall all year, most of them between November and February. But very often the sun shines, and it feels like over 20 degrees! Breakfast and lunch can be easily taken outside in a t-shirt, enjoy the beautiful environment of the Algarve during a walk, play tennis or golf, all very nice during the winter in the Algarve.
Algarve Housing rent villas in the Algarve, from rustic windmills till luxury town houses and villas, all with private pools and gardens, located in beautiful areas with nice decorated interiors and exteriors, most set up for outside living to make the most of the nice weather in the Algarve. Please check our Winter Rental section for our recommendations for winter let,