December 25 – Christmas Day Golf and Cocktail Party at Vale do Lobo Resort. For more information call 289 353 262 or email [email protected]

December 25 and January 1 – Swim for Shoes at Armação de Pera beach in front of Hotel Garbe. From 11am. All proceeds go for children in need of new shoes. Call 282 320 260.

December 25 – Christmas Day 2007 at Destino Restaurant. Live music with Ilze. 5 to 12 years old – 35 euros; more than 13 years old – 65 euros (includes lunch and limited drinks). For more information and reservations call 282 767 546.

SANTA NEEDS YOUR HELP – 3rd Annual Shoebox Drive for the Elderly. Castelo dos Sonhos, a registered charity who help more than 200 elderly people living in the Silves area, want to bring a sparkle to their festive period. For more information call Celia Mossman on 282 332 665 or email [email protected]

St. Vincent’s Chaplaincy Carol Services December 16 at St. Lukes, Palhagueira from 6pm; December 18 at Christingle, Praia da Luz from 4pm; December 22 at Hotel Paraíso, Albufeira from 6.30pm