Christmas events in the Algarve

Living statue with bird on a staff

There are living statues, a salt Nativity scene, the Algarve Jazz Orchestra and Ilse Huizinga celebrating A Christmas Story plus numerous Christmas fairs currently taking place in the Algarve.

With so much going on at this time of year visitors are certainly spoilt for choice. We’ve picked out just three to get you started.


This year, children (and adults of course) are invited to join Father Christmas at his Christmas Village in Praça do Infante.

The village is open from 12pm to 8pm during the week and from 10am to 9pm on Friday and the weekend.

From 4pm, at the weekends, children can enjoy Christmas tales and there is an ice rink, a small market and children’s activities – definitely worth a visit.


Lagoa will host, for the eighth time, its Living Statues competition, this year on December 16 and 17 from 3pm to 6pm and 10am to 1pm respectively.

16 performers will line the route Rua Coronel Figueredo, Rua 25 de Abril down to Largo 5 de Outubro, representing characters from history, literature and religion.

Earlier this year, the Street Dancer followed in the footsteps of 2020 winners, Catia Ferreira and Vitor Hugo with The Kiss, by coming third in the 2022 Living Statues World Championships that took place in the Netherlands.

Castro Marim

Castro Marim is well known for its salt production and this year the town’s nativity scene is centre stage using approximately six tonnes of salt.

The salt creates a snowy landscape, created by local artists, for the usual nativity scene we are familiar with.

Visitors are welcomed from 9am to 1pm and 2.30pm to 5.300pm at Casa do Sal, the local salt museum.

For more information on Portuguese Christmas traditions click here.

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