Christmas and New Year’s Eve In Porto


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Catarina Carneiro

Every year Porto has been surprising its inhabitants and tourists with an even richer and more unique programme for December, celebrating the Christmas spirit as only this city knows how to.

During the whole month, there will be more than a hundred events and activities to make the most out of this festive experience in Porto.

Besides the usual Christmas lighting and the New Year’s firework, there will be concerts, workshops, markets, street performances, and much more.

Porto by Livraria Lello suggests some activities, but we recommend looking at the complete programme of the month of December.

Christmas Lighting and Christmas Tree

December 1st to January 6th

The Christmas lighting was inaugurated on the 1st of December, as usual. Besides the Christmas tree in Aliados Avenue, 59 other streets of the city were also illuminated and decorated.

Christmas Carols Inside the Christmas Tree

December 15th and 22nd

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. // Free

Inside the Christmas tree, in Aliados Avenue, there will be a storyteller taking the imagination of children and grown-ups to magical places.

Swings in Aliados Avenue

December 1st to 26th

The swings that are in Aliados Avenue are nine with an illuminated Portuguese word in each one, allusive to the Christmas spirit, like Party, Love, Family or Christmas.

Puppet Theatre

December 16th and 23rd

At 5:30 p.m. // Free

On the inside of the Christmas tree, there will be different puppet theatres for children and for grown-ups.

Ice Rink

December 1st to January 6th

On D. João I Square and Boavista Roundabout there are installed two ice rinks. Two mandatory stops for having fun ice skating.


December 15th, 22nd and 29th

At 5 p.m. // Free

Flashback celebrates and remembers the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s music with different DJs cheering the Saturday afternoons during the month of December.

On December 15th, the event will take place in Leões Square, and on the 22nd and 29th, it will take place at the Cordoaria Garden.

Street Performances

December 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd

At 4:30 p.m. // Free

The street performances in Aliados Avenue are presented by different protagonists. With an intense interaction between the audience and the protagonist, the shows include different areas, like humour, magic, juggling, mimic and acrobatics.

Flash Mob Choir

December 13th

At 4 p.m. // Free

On December 13th, at 4 p.m., there will be a flash mob in São Bento Railway Station.

Gospel Sounds

December 23rd

At 6 p.m. // Free

Saint Dominic’s Gospel Choir, the biggest Portuguese gospel choir celebrates 16 years with a concert in Aliados Avenue on December 23rd. The choir will bring more than a hundred people on stage.

Fado Nights

December 16th, 23rd and 30th

At 9 p.m. // Free

Live at Bom Sucesso Market, there will be nights of silence for Fado to be sung.

Christmas Tile Painting

December 15th

At 11 a.m. // Free

On December 15th attend the Christmas Tile Painting workshop at Casa do Infante. In order to participate in this workshop, ideal for families, previous registration is required.

Diogo Piçarra Concert

December 29th

At 10:30 p.m. // Free

On December 29th it begins the countdown for New Year’s Eve with a concert of the singer Diogo Piçarra in Aliados Avenue. Be sure that you don’t miss it, it is free and Diogo always delivers a great show.

New Year’s Eve

December 31st


On New Year’s Eve, there will be a Pedro Abrunhosa’s concert in Aliados Avenue, which begins at 11 p.m. At midnight, as usual, there will take place a beautiful firework display celebrating the new year.