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11 magical Lisbon Christmas markets 2023

 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 17 – December 23, 2023
10 am to 10 pm – Sunday to Thursday 
10 am to 11 pm – Friday, Saturdays + holidays

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 until December 23 from 3 pm – 10 pm for free. And new in 2023: the train is 100% electric! 

White train with a Santa face stopped next to a candy cane striped pole

Christmas train Rossio market

At the center of the market, you’ll find life-sized dioramas. My favorite was the Sardines com Todos (sardines with everyone) art exhibit.

Wall of sardine cans with Sardines com todos in neon lights

Sardines with everyone art

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! 

Baby dolls form a nativity scene

Baby dolls from the Lisbon Hospital de Bonecas form a nativity scene

Figueira Christmas Gourmet

November 23 – December 17
10 am – 9 pm

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. At 5:30pm on November 25 and December 1, 2, 8, 9, and 16, check out the International Showcooking exhibit with international chefs! 

Mercado da Baixa

Be sure to check out ginja or moscatel sangria for a Portuguese twist on typical mulled wine! 

Moscatel Sangria at Mercado da Baixa

Diplomatic Bazaar

Lisbon Congress Centre

November 3 + 4, 2023
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 want to travel the world, but you’re short on time, 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. 

Table with Toddy spread, alcohol, and microwave popcorn

Diplomatic Bazaar – Brazilian food and alcohol

If you’re a Ranch Dressing-lover like me, you’ll love perusing the gastronimical delights from the American Embassy!

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!

 

Mercadinho Domus

Avenida José Malhoa 22 (Praça de Espanha)

25 November 
1 pm – 8 pm

For a donation of pasta, rice, hygiene products, and baby items to Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Loures, you’ll gain entry to the Mercadinho Domus, where a wonderland of local and gourmet products from across the country awaits. Be sure to be there at 4pm, when you can take part in a free chocolate tasting from Pedaços de Cacau with teas and infusions from Lisbon Tea Co.. 

Wonderland Lisboa

Parque Eduardo VII

November 30 – January 1 

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. 

Wonderland Lisboa donuts

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 for €5! From there, you’ll get a 360° view of Lisbon and an epic look at Wonderland Lisboa’s giant Christmas tree. 

Ferris wheel at Wonderland Lisboa

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! 

Wonderland Lisboa

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

Sardine pastry

Campo Pequeno Mercado de Natal

Campo Pequeno

30 November – 3 December + 7 – 10 December 
11 am – 9 pm 

The Campo Pequeno Christmas Market is a two-parter! From November 30 – December 3, 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 – 10, 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 

1 – 30 December 2023
9 am – 5 pm – 6, 7, 14, 15, 20 – 22 December –
11 am – 7 pm – 1 – 3, 8 – 10, 16, 17, 23 and 30 December 

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! 

Reino do Natal Sintra Christmas market

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!

Pai Natal at Reino do Natal

Play mini-golf, snack your way through the park, or take your little ones to make Christmas tree ornaments and watch engaging theatre performances. 

Reino do Natal minigolf

Say hi to one of the three wise men, who will direct you to a nativity set inside a hidden cave. 

Nativity scene in Sintra 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! 

Christmas trees decorated by schoolchildren

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! 

Reino do Natal Sintra

Alvalade’s Mercado de Natal 

Avenida da Igreja

December 6 – 17
10 am – 8 pm

Visit the 9th edition of Alvalade’s Mercado Natal, where you can find all kinds of unique Christmas gifts and gastronomic delights! And kiddos will love visiting Pai Natal at Santa’s House to share their Christmas wishes. 

Cascais Vila Natal 

Parque Marechal Carmonal 

November 30 – January 2
11 am – 8 pm – November 30 + December 5 – 7 + 12 – 15
11 am – 9:30 pm – December 1 – 3, 8 – 10, 16 – 23, 26 – 30 +  January 2
11 am – 5 pm – December 24 + 31
3 pm – 8 pm – December 25 + January 1 
Closed December 4 + 11

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. 

Pai Natal’s house at Cascais Christmas market

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.  

Cascais Vila Natal camel and wise men

Little ones, don’t forget your letters for Santa! The Post Office Box has a direct line to Pai Natal! 

Entry is €12 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. 

Cascais Vila Natal

Which Lisbon Christmas market are you most excited to visit? 

Mercado de Natal

Fiartil Estoril

TBD

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

Natal no Palácio Encantado

Oeiras Palácio Marquês de Pombal

December 8 – 10

Last year’s edition of Natal no Palácio Encantado was canceled due to bad weather and flooding, but this year is back and better than ever, with free entry and one extra day than usual. The 2023 theme is “toy,” and the Marquês de Pombal palace will be decorated with enchanting lights and beautiful Christmas decorations — inside and out!

Kids of all ages will love the ice rink, inflatables, rides, and snow cannon, and adults can finish off their Christmas shopping at the handicrafts market. 

Natalis

Feira Internacional de Lisboa, Parque das Nações

Not happening in 2023; check back in 2024! 

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! 

Two minions stacked next to a Christmas tree

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!

Natalis Christmas market Lisbon

Bring the whole family, because Natalis is known to offer Christmas-themed activities for kids of all ages to enjoy! 

Art for kids at Natalis

Want to get in the holiday spirit by seeing the Christmas lights in Lisbon?

Armazéns do Chiado 

6pm on November 11

Kick off the Christmas season when the lights go on in Armazéns do Chiado! With a gospel choir booked to perform Christmas carols you know and love, this is sure to be a festive event! 

Don’t worry if you miss the lighting ceremony, though! It will be lit every day from 5 – 10pm with a special animation every half hour! 

Praça do Comercio 

7pm on November 30

Every year, crowds gather in the famous Praça do Comercio to count down the moments until the lighting of the giant Christmas tree in the square! Buy some chestnuts (roasted on an open fire, of course!) and join the festivities!

 

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