The small town of Guia (Albufeira) is celebrating the festive season with a life-size nativity scene created by British sculptor Toin Adams, a Christmas market taking place on December 18 and 19 and an exhibition of Christmas trees made out of recycled materials.
The nativity scene is displayed between two religious landmarks – Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Guia and Igreja Matriz – and depicts several historical scenes associated to the birth of Jesus Christ. It will remain on display until January 6.
The Christmas market (Mercadinho de Natal) will be held in the car park of the Guia sports complex (Polidesportivo) and will feature stalls selling everything from handicraft to toys and traditional liqueurs and sweets. The market will be open between 2pm and 7pm.
The Christmas tree exhibition can be visited at Guia’s medieval cemetery between 9am and 9pm starting on December 9 and until January 6. The trees were created by local students and residents of old people’s homes using recycled materials.
Said Albufeira Council in a statement to the press, the goal of the Christmas programme is to “promote the spirit of the season and bring joy and hope to the borough’s families and business owners”.