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Travel: Best Christmas Markets in Lisbon

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Travel: Best Christmas Markets in Lisbon

Lisbon is a fantastic city to visit. It is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital. It is home to the lovely San Jorge Castle, which you can climb to take in lovely views of the city. Other things to check out include the Tagus Estuary, the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge and the National Azulejo Museum. Magnificent beaches lay just outside the city’s borders.

The city is a great holiday destination any time of year but it’s especially fun at Christmastime. This is largely due to the many markets that line its streets. They fill the neighborhoods with a festive air that puts everyone in the spirit of the season.

If you are considering visiting Lisbon during the holidays, here are some markets you won’t want to miss out on.

Wonderland Lisboa

This is one of Lisbon’s newer and more popular markets. It takes place in Eduardo VII Park during the month of December.

The market transforms the park into a winter wonderland. In addition to being a terrific place to shop, it also offers an ice-skating rink, Santa’s village, a Ferris wheel, live performances and more. It makes for an enjoyable day out for the entire family.

Campo Pequeno Christmas Market

This market takes place over the course of a weekend in early December at the Campo Pequeno bullring and events venue. It includes over 140 vendors selling locally produced goods, many of which are inspired by the Portuguese culture. It’s a great place to find crafts, jewelry and more.

In addition to supporting vendors, the market fundraises for a worthy cause. Proceeds will be donated to Make a Wish and Red Nose Operation.

It also raises awareness on the problems that face our society. The upcoming event will be highlighting health and monitoring with healthy food workshops and resources that help fight depression.

Natalis

Natalis happens at the Feira Internacional de Lisboa convention center. It is a terrific place to shop for gifts and food. There is also an area for workshops and leisure and fun spaces for the whole family.

The space is divided into four squares. These include:

• Father Christmas Square where you can find a variety of gifts for everyone on your list.

• Candy Square where you can make your own delicacies.

• Plaza Dos Snacks is a terrace area where you can find gastronomic products that can be eaten on the spot or purchased for later consumption.

• Experience Hallway is full of workshops, stage activities and other surprises.

Rossio Christmas Market

The Mercado de Baixa in Rossio Square is a year-round attraction, but it goes all out for the holiday season. During this time of year, you will find vendors selling mulled wine, traditional treats and seasonal snacks. And while the focus is on the food, there are also terrific gift items available.

The market keeps the Christmas spirit alive from the end of November until right before Christmas.

Obidos Vila Natal

This market does not happen in Libson but in the village of Obidos which is about an hour’s drive north of the capital city. However, it is one of the most magical events in the area and just may be worth the drive.

The market infuses the city with the Christmas spirit throughout the month of December. It includes festive décor, a fairground, an ice-skating rink, games and activities. It is set against the backdrop of a medieval castle providing a fairy tale vibe.

While there, be sure to try their local specialty, a sour cherry liqueur known as ginja.

Cascais Christmas Village

This Christmas market transforms Marechal Carmona Park into a magical Christmas village. It starts in early December and ends on New Years’ Day.

Christmas environments are created throughout the park including a living Nativity scene. Others include a Santa house and the enchanted wood where you can see actual reindeer. Visitors can also enjoy the Christmas train, the carousel and the ice-skating rink.

The living nativity scene is especially impressive. It recreates the birth of Jesus, the three wise men and their camels, the Roman camp with Legionaries and Gladiators and the Nazarene Town.

Lison is truly a magical place to visit, and its markets take the city’s appeal to 11. Which will you be going to first when you come to town?


Read more of A Christmas Blog or Shop Now at Schmidt Christmas Market

Travel: Best Christmas Markets in Lisbon

Travel: Best Christmas Markets in Lisbon

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Lisbon is a fantastic city to visit. It is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital. It is home to the lovely San Jorge Castle, which you can climb to take in lovely views of the city. Other things to check out include the Tagus Estuary, the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge and the National Azulejo Museum. Magnificent beaches lay just outside the city’s borders.

The city is a great holiday destination any time of year but it’s especially fun at Christmastime. This is largely due to the many markets that line its streets. They fill the neighborhoods with a festive air that puts everyone in the spirit of the season.

If you are considering visiting Lisbon during the holidays, here are some markets you won’t want to miss out on.

Wonderland Lisboa

This is one of Lisbon’s newer and more popular markets. It takes place in Eduardo VII Park during the month of December.

The market transforms the park into a winter wonderland. In addition to being a terrific place to shop, it also offers an ice-skating rink, Santa’s village, a Ferris wheel, live performances and more. It makes for an enjoyable day out for the entire family.

Campo Pequeno Christmas Market

This market takes place over the course of a weekend in early December at the Campo Pequeno bullring and events venue. It includes over 140 vendors selling locally produced goods, many of which are inspired by the Portuguese culture. It’s a great place to find crafts, jewelry and more.

In addition to supporting vendors, the market fundraises for a worthy cause. Proceeds will be donated to Make a Wish and Red Nose Operation.

It also raises awareness on the problems that face our society. The upcoming event will be highlighting health and monitoring with healthy food workshops and resources that help fight depression.

Natalis

Natalis happens at the Feira Internacional de Lisboa convention center. It is a terrific place to shop for gifts and food. There is also an area for workshops and leisure and fun spaces for the whole family.

The space is divided into four squares. These include:

• Father Christmas Square where you can find a variety of gifts for everyone on your list.

• Candy Square where you can make your own delicacies.

• Plaza Dos Snacks is a terrace area where you can find gastronomic products that can be eaten on the spot or purchased for later consumption.

• Experience Hallway is full of workshops, stage activities and other surprises.

Rossio Christmas Market

The Mercado de Baixa in Rossio Square is a year-round attraction, but it goes all out for the holiday season. During this time of year, you will find vendors selling mulled wine, traditional treats and seasonal snacks. And while the focus is on the food, there are also terrific gift items available.

The market keeps the Christmas spirit alive from the end of November until right before Christmas.

Obidos Vila Natal

This market does not happen in Libson but in the village of Obidos which is about an hour’s drive north of the capital city. However, it is one of the most magical events in the area and just may be worth the drive.

The market infuses the city with the Christmas spirit throughout the month of December. It includes festive décor, a fairground, an ice-skating rink, games and activities. It is set against the backdrop of a medieval castle providing a fairy tale vibe.

While there, be sure to try their local specialty, a sour cherry liqueur known as ginja.

Cascais Christmas Village

This Christmas market transforms Marechal Carmona Park into a magical Christmas village. It starts in early December and ends on New Years’ Day.

Christmas environments are created throughout the park including a living Nativity scene. Others include a Santa house and the enchanted wood where you can see actual reindeer. Visitors can also enjoy the Christmas train, the carousel and the ice-skating rink.

The living nativity scene is especially impressive. It recreates the birth of Jesus, the three wise men and their camels, the Roman camp with Legionaries and Gladiators and the Nazarene Town.

Lison is truly a magical place to visit, and its markets take the city’s appeal to 11. Which will you be going to first when you come to town?


Read more of A Christmas Blog or Shop Now at Schmidt Christmas Market


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