Why not visit the capital of Portugal for a pre-Christmas getaway, or alternatively experience a different type of festive holiday?
The mild climate in Lisbon makes it a tempting destination for UK visitors and is easily accessible with direct flights from the UK.
Lisbon lights up over the happy season with numerous sparkling lights in Comércio Square and even better, one of the largest Christmas trees in Europe!
Christmas concerts and carols
Christmas concerts with choirs and orchestras will be held at churches and theatres across the city. Visitors can listen to the Christmas concert from the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra at the Belém Cultural Centre on 20th December.
Cirque du Soleil
There is no better way to experience acrobatic thrills than a visit to the famous theatrical company (visiting Lisbon from 5th to 15th January 2017). Guests will without doubt be enthralled by the performance Varekai.
Baixa and Chiado offer attractive festive gifts to purchase and close by is Mercado da Figueira, a market ideal for buying local food and wines.
Naughty, but nice treats!
The Portuguese indulge in pasteis de Belém (sweets and cakes). Visitors can sample Bolo Rei which is a circular cake with a hole stuffed with succulent raisins and dried fruit.
How do I get there?
From the UK, direct flights to Lisbon operate from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Bristol with TAP Portugal, British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair and Monarch. From Ireland, direct flights to Lisbon operate from Dublin with Aer Lingus and Ryanair.
Find out more about the many fun events and things to do in Lisbon over the festive season: