From: Thursday, Nov 18th, 2021
To: Friday, Dec 31st, 2021
Christmas & New Year in Lisbon 2021
Come to Lisbon for some Festive fun and wish all those hot Portuguese guys a Feliz Natal (Merry Christmas) and Feliz Ano Novo (Happy New Year)! Lisbon is a city full of traditions, and those traditions come alive even more in the lead up to Christmas and New Year.
The Christmas Markets
The streets of Lisbon come alive in the winter with lights, music and attractions, perfect for browsing in the warm Portuguese winter.
- Wonderland Lisboa – 18th November to 31st December – From Monday to Thursday – 12 pm to 9 pm, 12 pm on Friday and Saturday.
The Christmas spirit fills the Parque Eduardo VII, transforming it into a “Wonderland”! As usual, the Ferris wheel will be there to offer spectacular views over the city, alongside an ice rink. Other attractions include live performances and a Santa village. Admission to Wonderland Lisboa is free, with charges for the various attractions.
- Rossio Square Christmas Market – Rossio Mercado de Natal – 19th November to 19th December, Daily from 12 pm to 8 pm.
Discover an eclectic mix of handmade gifts and local and regional products in the heart of Lisbon, in Baixa, near the Barrio Alto. Enjoy a glass of delicious hot wine in between your shopping expeditions. Rossio Square is the market to visit for authentic Portuguese treats.
- Christmas Market At Campo Pequeno – Dates to be confirmed – Browse from over 100 different exhibitors selling a wide range of gift items, from vintage clothes and jewellery to collector toys and more. All items are of Portuguese origin.
- Natalis – November 24th – 28th The Feira Internacional de Lisboa convention centre is taken over by Christmas cheer. The market plays host to areas dedicated to shopping, cooking demonstrations, crafts and gourmet food.
- Óbidos Vila Natal – 30th November – 2nd January One hour’s drive north of Lisbon, you will find Óbidos, a quaint little village that turns into a Christmas wonderland during December. The town is famous for its MEdieval Castle, which provides the perfect backdrop for the market, skating rink and fairground. You should also try their delicious Ginja, a festive sour cherry liqueur.
Where to stay
- Brown’s | Central Hotel is a charming 4-star hotel with a Superb rating in the heart of Lisbon with delicious breakfast options and unique decor.
- For those looking for a treat this Christmas, consider the Valverde Hotel a 25 room perfectly preserved 19th-century townhouse turned boutique hotel, truly sublime and beautifully decorated for the holiday season.
- Gay bars in Lisbon line the streets of the Principe Real area and Barrio Alto. Most of the bars in Principe Real get busier earlier than in Barrio Alto, where the scene is mixed with an anything-go attitude. It takes about ten minutes-drive to get between the two barrios.
- Begin your evening at Side Bar and try one of their delicious cocktails. Bearded, beary and hunky guys and their friends and admirers congregate at TR3S Lisboa one of gay Lisbon’s busiest venues. Other options include Shelter Bar, another popular bear haunt with fun dance nights.
- Try staying at the Memmo Príncipe Real, if you want to be close to all the action. The design hotel is tucked in a quiet corner, with large rooms and high-end amenities.
Party after a great meal. These are our favourite restaurants in the gay district.
- A Cevicheria is an intimate restaurant service delicious ceviche and seafood dishes with an Asian twist. Try their pisco sours.
- K.O.B. is perfect for meat lovers. The restaurant has a fabulous art deco interior and an excellent wine list.
- La Paparrucha offers breathtaking views and a modern take on the Argentinian grill.
- Tapisco Lisboa A blend of Spanish tapas and Portuguese pestiscos, Tapisco is all about sharing food at the table.
Late Night & New Year Parties
- New year’s in Lisbon has many names, Le Réveillon, São Silvestre, and Passagem de Ano. Midnight fireworks welcome the new year across the city.
- The biggest and most popular party and fireworks display happen at Praça do Comércio (Terreiro Do Paco), the big square in Lisbon. Entry is free, and there’s live music from around 10 pm. Belém is another popular destination and is less hectic than Praça do Comércio.
- Trumps, the best and biggest gay club in Lisbon, is at the heart of the lively gay quarter, Príncipe Real. The club is famous for its drag performers and go-go boys and gets busy from 2 am, after the bars have closed. Running for over 35 years, the club is a Lisbon institution.
- Finalmente is poplar with more laid back. Thanks to the club’s raised dancefloor, this small but legendary club is popular with those exhibitionists who love to dance.
Here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the action,
Recommended Apartments in Lisbon
These modern and spacious apartments are located in a renovated 18th-century building in Lisbon’s Chiado district. All apartments feature a spacious kitchen with a dishwasher and washing machine. Most have a private balcony.
Each apartment comes with a balcony, a dining area & private bathrooms with shower & free toiletries. The apartments include a double bedroom & the superior apartments have a double sofa-bed in the living room.
The apartment features 3 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 1 bathroom with a shower. Free WiFi, air conditioning
All units have a cable flat-screen TV. Some units include a dining area and or balcony. There is also a kitchen, fitted with an oven & microwave. as well as a coffee machine. A private bathroom with a bath or shower & free toiletries.
Recommended Hotels in Lisbon
Lisbon is quite a compact city with two distinct gay districts,Principe Real area and in the old Bairro Alto quarter. Barrio Alto tends to lean more towards the mixed, gay-friendly groups. Principe Real hosts the best bear and cruising bars. We have selected hotels within easy walking distance from both areas. Remember, Lisbon is a city of hills, so sometimes a taxi is the best option!
Lisboa Carmo Hotel
4 Star, Great Location
Soundproofed, all rooms at the Second Floor B&B have either a balcony or a view of the Coliseum. Each includes a safe, flat-screen TV and fridge.
SANA Lisboa Hotel
4 Star, Great Views!
SANA Lisboa Hotel rooms are decorated in a contemporary style and have views over the Old City and offering spacious en suite rooms.
HF Fenix Garden
3 Star, Design Hotel
The stylish Hotel Fenix Garden is situated in the centre of Lisbon, just steps away, while the high-end shops and boutiques. Free WiFi
The Late Birds
Located in Bairro Alto this Gay Men’s Guesthouse offers an outdoor swimming pool, a garden, a sun deck and a lounge bar.