It’s the most wonderful time of the year in the most wonderful city. People visit Lisbon year-round for sunny days, colorful buildings, and amazing food. Something special happens in Lisbon at Christmas, though. Twinkling lights drape across azulejo-tiled buildings, and massive Christmas trees dot the city’s praças. Lisbon Christmas markets pop up across the city, bringing a spirit of cheer and a holiday culture you won’t find anywhere else!
If you spend Christmas in Lisbon, you can expect chestnuts roasting on an open fire, mild weather, and the most magical holiday vibe– not marred by numb fingers and toes. With over 210 kilometers of lights strung by the city, you’ll feel the Christmas spirit everywhere you go!
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The best Christmas markets in Lisbon
Rossio Christmas Market
November 18 – December 21, 2022
10 am to 9:30 pm – Sunday to Thursday
10 am to 10:30 pm – Friday, Saturdays
Did you know that Baixa (downtown) has over 1,500 stores? While you’re out shopping for souvenirs and Christmas gifts, be sure to visit the Rossio Christmas Market! Visit PraçaDom Pedro IV for the full winter wonderland experience.
When I visited, Minnie Mouse and a couple of Frosty the Snowmen posed for pictures with visitors as a jazz band played “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”
As you stroll around the stalls, you’ll feel the festive Natal (Christmas) spirit– the Portuguese way! Taste mulled wine, dried fruits, and porco preto (black pig) sandwiches.
You might come for the food and festivities, but there’s so much to see and do here! Little ones can ride the Christmas train every day from 12 pm – 8 pm. As you shop, be sure to check with participating stores for a free voucher.
At the center of the market, you’ll find life-sized dioramas. My favorite was the Sardines com Todos (sardines with everyone) art exhibit.
Did you know that Lisbon is home to a famous doll hospital? The Hospital de Bonecas, traces its roots to 1830, when neighborhood children brought their sick and injured dolls to Dona Carlota for treatment. Nearly 200 years later, the “doctors” at The Hospital de Bonecas still give old dolls new life. You can visit the museum year-round for €2, but at this Lisbon Christmas market, you can get a sneak peek!
Mercado da Baixa
10 am – 9 pm – November 30 – December 11
When you visit the Rossio Market, make it a 2-for-1 experience! Visit the Downtown Market in the neighboring Praça da Figueira for traditional and regional products.
Be sure to check out ginja or moscatel sangria for a Portuguese twist on typical mulled wine!
Lisbon Congress Centre
November 11 + 12, 2022
11 am – 7 pm
While this isn’t technically a Christmas market in Lisbon, the Diplomatic Bazaar is a great place to do your Christmas shopping! If you’re missing world travel, this two-day event is almost as good as packing your suitcase. Thirty embassies, Mainland Portugal, and the autonomous regions of Azores and Madeira represent five continents through products and gastronomic delights.
The American Embassy participated a few years ago by selling jeans, peanut butter, cake mixes, and chocolates. Who knows what you’ll find this year!
You can feel good about your purchases when you shop at the Diplomatic Bazaar. The proceeds from the event are donated to charities that support people living in poverty.
Don’t miss out on the food! I had a HUGE meal from Mozambique (think FOUR Tupperware containers to hold it all) and a drink for just €6.50! Discounted products and super cheap food make the €2 entry fee well worth it!
Parque Eduardo VII
November 30, 2022 – January 1, 2023
Are you ready for a full month of magical Christmas in Lisbon’s Parque Eduardo VII? Now in its 7th year, Wonderland Lisboa promises 60 stalls full of local souvenirs, sweets, gastronomic delights, fashion, and accessories.
Get one of the best views in Lisbon (zero hills involved) when you take a ride on the 30-meter (that’s almost 100 feet) Ferris wheel! From there, you’ll get a 360° view of Lisbon and an epic look at Wonderland Lisboa’s giant Christmas tree.
Their website says there’s an ecological skating rink onsite, which consumes ZERO water or energy and I am so excited to find out exactly what that means. (I waited in line, but since this is a free activity, I gave up on the line.) After a disastrous attempt skating on a plastic rink in Dallas, Texas, I’ve got my fingers crossed for real ice this time! I’ll update you as soon as I make it to the ice!
Little ones can take a ride on the Christmas train, jump on the trampolines, or go for a spin on the carousel. Oh, and don’t forget to stop by and say hello to Pai Natal at Santa’s Village!
Don’t miss out on Quinta dos Macedo, for the best hot chocolate in Portugal (according to their sign) and a sardine-shaped pastry. Chocolate, cinnamon, and cream filling– this might be one of the best desserts in Lisbon!
Campo Pequeno Mercado de Natal
November 30 – December 11, 2022
5 pm – 10 pm – November 30 + December 2, 7, 9
11 am – 10 pm – December 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11
The Campo Pequeno Christmas Market is a two-parter! From November 30 – December 4, experience the traditional Christmas Market with more than 90 vendors who will help you check off all the gifts on your list, while enjoying traditional wintery drinks and food.
Then, from December 7 – 11, experience the lifestyle and gourmet market! This market promises conceptual brands, aimed at the urban lifestyle. You can expect luxurious products for your wardrobe and home, and one-of-a-kind products (craft beer, cheese, gin, condiments, and more) from small producers with big potential.
Entrance is 2€ with a 1€ discount voucher (when you make a purchase of 10€ or more)
Reino do Natal
Parque da Liberdade, Sintra
December 1, 2022 – January 6, 2023
11 am – 7 pm – December 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 17, 18
9 am – 5 pm – December 2, 9, 15, 16
11 am – 7 pm – December 21 – 23, 28 – 30 + January 4 – 6
Sintra is one of my favorite day trips from Lisbon any time of year, but it’s extra special at Christmastime! The Reino do Natal (free entry) is nestled in the hills and caves of Parque da Liberdade, and this market is straight out of a fairytale. The day I visited, the market was ensconced in fog, but that made it feel all the more enchanted!
Tell Pai Natal (Santa Claus) your Christmas wish and hang out for a little chat! When I visited, I told him that I hoped he’d get lots of good cookies this Christmas, and he told me he loves ALL cookies and he’s excited to get cookies at every house. I offered to fill in, just in case he runs into any trouble. I hope nothing happens, but I’m keeping December 24th open, just in case!
Play mini-golf, snack your way through the park, or take your little ones to make Christmas tree ornaments and watch engaging theatre performances.
Say hi to one of the three wise men, who will direct you to a nativity set inside a hidden cave.
Stop by the Associação Animais de Rua kiosk, where you can buy trinkets for €1 or stuffed animals for €3 in support of street animals. Although it’s a bit outside of the city, this is my favorite Lisbon Christmas market!
The only thing I noticed missing from Reino do Natal were the traditional Christmas market huts, but lo and behold! The Mercado de Natal, located at Terreiro Rainha D. Amélia is super cute! Shop for unique handmade journals, local honey, or jam– made from apples that, until recently, were close to extinction!
Cascais Vila Natal
Parque Marechal Carmonal
November 30, 2022 – January 1, 2023
10 am – 7 pm – November 30, December 2, 6, 7, 9, 12 – 16
11 am – 8 pm – December 1 , 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 17 – 23, 26 – 30
11 am – 5 pm – December 24, 31
3 pm – 8 pm – December 25, January 1
Closed December 5
The Cascais Christmas Village promises elves, Roman soldiers, Magi with real camels, and live reindeer to make visits to see Pai Natal and the living nativity even more special.
Ice skate, sled down a hill, visit the Enchanted Forest, ride the Christmas train or the mini ferris wheel, and hop inside a life-sized snow globe. If you’re looking for Christmas magic, you’ll find it in Cascais.
Little ones, don’t forget your letters for Santa! The Post Office Box has a direct line to Pai Natal!
Entry is €9 for adults– don’t forget to buy your tickets in advance! Skating is an extra €5 for 20 minutes, and sledding is €3 for two trips down the hill.
Which Lisbon Christmas market are you most excited to visit?
Mercado de Natal
11am – 11pm – December 1, 3, 4 + 8, 10, 11, 2022
5 pm – 11 pm – December 2 + 9, 2022
Looking for the perfect gift? Shop for gifts at more than 100 local handicraft, fashion, decoration, and foodie stalls! Once the shopping’s done, take a ride on the Ferris wheel, get temporary tattoos and face paintings, and enjoy live performances and parades at Estoril’s Mercado de Natal!
Entrance is €2 per adult or €6 for a family pack— buy your tickets here!
Feira Internacional de Lisboa, Parque das Nações
Not happening in 2022; check back in 2023!
Natalis is a 5-day event, so mark your calendar! If you happen to visit Lisbon on one of its rare rainy days, Natalis is a perfect indoor Christmas market option. Live music fills the pavilion with holiday cheer, and vendors offer unique handmade products you won’t find anywhere else!
Admission is free, and the FIL will be FULL of holiday cheer! Come for Christmas decorations, nativity sets, locally made products, clothing, jewelry, and of course– food! I was a huge fan of all the free meat, cheese, chocolate, and ice cream samples. One foodie item you *can’t* eat? All the gorgeous cakes that are on display!
Take a sneak peek at the confirmed vendors on the Natalis Facebook page. While you’re there, check out the times for storytelling, book signings, and the Santa parade!
Bring the whole family, because Natalis is known to offer Christmas-themed activities for kids of all ages to enjoy!