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The best Christmas markets in Lisbon

When the Christmas lights are lighted up for the first time at Armazéns do Chiado, it means that the Christmas season is officially open. The lights call for late afternoon walks around Lisbon, where you may find several craft stalls, ice rinks, concerts and a lot of joy. Santa Claus is of course always moving around the city, trying to figure out the wishes of the younger ones. 

Before visiting the markets it’s always worthn while charging batteries with a slice of bolo-rei ("king’s cake” in a rough translation to English) or bolo-rainha ("queen’s cake” in English), two-season-typical Portuguese Christmas pastries. You will find both these and other Christmas delicacies in almost every pastry shop in the city.

So let’s put a warm coat on, wear a comfortable pair of shoes, and start your visit to Lisbon’s Christmas markets… and much more!


Located on Parque Eduardo VII, Wonderland takes place between November 30th and January 1st, 2023. The event has long grown since its first edition and there is a to explore. Here you can find an ecological ice rink, a heated ferris wheel, a Christmas tree, Santa's village, carousels, music and everything you can imagine in a Christmas "town". In Wonderland – Lisbon’s most famous Christmas market, you will also find workshops for children and gastronomic experiences for grown-ups. Admission is free. 

Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday, from 12:00 pm to 22:00 pm 
Friday, Saturday, and holidays, from 12:00 pm to 00:00 am
Sundays, from 10:00 am to 22:00 pm

Parque Eduardo VII, Marquês de Pombal – Avenidas Novas

Rossio Christmas Market 

The ABDP (an association created to promote Lisbon downtown) takes the Rossio Christmas Market to Baixa-Chiado (until December 21st). In addition to the traditional wooden houses, you can visit the Hospital das Bonecas ("Dolls Hospital” in English) Christmas Exhibition (until December 21st) and find dolls from almost 200 years. At Praça da Figueira, which is right next door, is the Mercado da Baixa – Christmas Edition (until December 11th), where you can find another Christmas market. But we have one last surprise! Get on board the Christmas Train (until December 18th) and enjoy a lovely trip. Admission to the markets and the train are free.

Opening hours:
From Sunday to Thursday and holidays, from 10:00 am to 21:30 pm
Fridays, Saturdays and holiday eve, from 10:00 am to 22:30 pm 
Every day, from 10:00 am to 21:30 pm
Christmas Train (departures at Praça Dom Pedro IV)
Everyday from 14:00 pm to 22:00 pm

Rossio Christmas Market – Praça Dom Pedro IV, Santa Maria Maior
Mercado da Baixa – Praça da Figueira, Santa Maria Maior

Campo Pequeno Christmas Market

This year, the famous Campo Pequeno Christmas Market has two versions: the original version, taking place from November 30th until December 4th, and  the brand new Lifestyle & Gourmet market, from the 7th to the 11th of December. Here you may find the perfect Christmas gift or a special themed decorative object for your home.  

Opening hours:
Holidays and weekends, from 11:00 to 22:00
Monday to Friday, from 17:00 to 22:00

Campo Pequeno, Avenidas Novas

€2 per person, with a €1 voucher (in purchases of €10 or more).
Free admission for children up to 10 years old – provided they are accompanied by an adult bearing a ticket.

Alvalade Christmas Market

Avenida da Igreja hosts the 8th edition of the Alvalade Christmas Market. It is open between November 30thand December 11th. There will be wooden houses, handicrafts, shops, and a lot of food to warm the soul throughout the coolest days of the month. You can also expect street animation and visit Santa Claus’s traditional house. Admission is free.  

Opening hours: 
Every day, from 10:00 to 22:00

Avenida da Igreja, Alvalade

Carnide Christmas Market

Between the 15th and 18th of December, visit the Carnide Christmas Market. Far from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, it’s the place to find the typical handicraft stalls, regional products, gastronomic options for all tastes and even street entertainment. Admission is free.

Opening hours:
December 15th, from 18:00 to 22:00
December 16th and 17th, from 11:00 to 23:00
December 18th, from 11:00 to 20:00

Largo das Pimenteiras, Carnide

Don’t miss out: Óbidos Vila Natal

Just one hour and a half away from Lisbon, Óbidos is among the most visited villages in the country and has one of the most well-known Christmas markets in Portugal. Offering varied entertainment for children and grown-ups, Óbidos dresses up as a Christmas town to welcome the magic of the season and honors the promise to surprise year after year. For more information, please visit the official page.  

Opening hours:
November 30, December 5-7 and 12-15, from 11:00 to 18:00
December 1-4, 8-11, 16-23, and 26-30, from 11:00 to 20:00 
Christmas and New Year’s Eve, from 11:00 to 17:00
Closed on Christmas Day

Óbidos, Leiria

General ticket 10€
General ticket for children (between 3 and 11 years old) 8€

These markets are undoubtedly able to show you the magic of Christmas. Even those who are not fans of the season will find it hard to resist the magic of lights, decorated windows shop, and the smell of delicious typical sweets. If you are a true Christmas lover, plan your trip now to see Lisbon all dressed up for this special season. 

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