Lagos Council has unveiled a Christmas programme that promises something for the whole family, from the arrival of Santa Claus to an ice rink, live performances at the local cultural centre and the traditional nativity scene display by the talented José Cortes.
The programme runs from December 1 to January 6, with the first major event due to take place this Saturday, December 4 with the arrival of Santa at Praça do Infante at 3pm.
This square is actually the heart of all festivities and will also boast an ice rink, a sleigh track, bouncy castles, a Christmas Village and Santa’s House. The attractions will be open from December 4 to 24 (from 10am to 1pm and 3pm to 7pm between Monday and Friday, and from 10am to 9pm on Saturday, Sunday and holidays, except on December 24 when it they will close at 6pm).
Local students and cultural associations are also joining the fun.
Lagos’ experimental theatre group ‘Os Piratas’ will be joining the arrival of Santa Claus, while the Sociedade Filarmónica Lacobrigense 1º de Maio musical group will perform live on December 11 and 18 at 11am at Mercado de Santo Amaro, accompanied by a variety of live entertainment at the market on those two days.
Students from Colégio Bambino will also participate in the festivities and will be “presenting their talent” to the community by singing Christmas carols at Praça Gil Eanes on December 11.
Meanwhile, the Duval Pestana auditorium at the Lagos Cultural Centre will host a series of shows spanning dance, music and theatre. The Orquestra Ligeira de Lagos will bring ‘É a magia do Natal’ (It’s the magic of Christmas) to the cultural centre on December 4 at 6pm, while the Teatro Experimental de Lagos will unveil ‘Para onde vão os espelhos quando morrem’ (Where do mirrors go when they die) on December 10 and 11 at 6pm and 7.30pm.
Associação de Dança de Lagos will present ‘O presente de Natal’ (The Christmas gift) on December 16 and 18 at 7.30pm, and, lastly, a Christmas concert by Sociedade Filarmónica Lacobrigense 1º de Maio is scheduled for December 21 at 9pm.
Lagos Zoo’s Christmas celebration ‘Natalândia’ is also returning between December 4 and 26 with ticket prices cut to €10 for Algarve residents (click here).
Meanwhile, the amazing nativity scene created by José Cortes – who just recently donated it to the local council (click here) will be on display at Sala 0 of Lagos Cultural Centre between December 2 and January 6 from 10am to 6pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
Meanwhile, Lagos will also have a voucher scheme in place encouraging people to shop locally with a chance to win €100 vouchers.