Christmas living statues return to Lagoa

Event has become a festive season staple in Lagoa

Lagoa has announced another edition of its Christmas Living Statues event, which every year brings performers who can keep stationary poses for several hours at a time to the town during the festive season.

This year, the event will bring 16 living statues to Lagoa on Friday, December 15  from 2.30pm to 5.30pm and Saturday, December 16 from 10am to 1pm.

The performers will be located on Rua 25 de Abril and Largo 5 de Outubro and will be interpreting characters from a wide background of themes, from recreating a nativity scene to playing historical characters.

One of the highlights this year promises to be the living statue of King Dom José I, who officially declared Lagoa as a “vila” (village) on January 16, 1773, as part of the municipality’s 250th anniversary celebrations.

At the end of the event, visitors will be able to vote for their favourite living state, while a jury will also select its number one performer.

“This pioneering event in the south of Portugal aims to promote and dignify artistic creation in this unique performative art form with the best artists at the national level, while simultaneously bringing life to the centre of Lagoa and boosting local commerce during the Christmas season,” says Lagoa Municipal Council in a statement to the press.

More information about the event can be found online.