Mini Santas invade Algarve’s shopping areas

DURING DECEMBER, the main streets of some Algarve towns will be invaded by young children dressed as Father Christmas.Now in its third year, the initiative is the brainchild of the Associação do Comércio e Serviços da Região do Algarve (ACRAL), the association of commerce and services of the Algarve region, whose aim is to create a festive spirit and fun atmosphere while boosting local commerce.

In Faro and Loulé, the invasion of the mini Santas will take place on December 9, from 10am to 12 noon, in the main pedestrianised shopping streets. In Portimão, the little Santas will appear on December 10 from 3pm, and in Albufeira on December 14 from 10am to noon. On December 16, it will be the turn of Lagos and Vila Real de Santo António, also from 10am until 12 noon. This is an event that is sure to get you in the Christmas mood, providing enjoyment for young and old. Bring your family and enjoy the spectacle!

As well as the mini Father Christmas parade, ACRAL is launching two new ideas in the city of Faro this Christmas: the Itinerário dos Artistas and the Itinerário dos Presépios.

The Itinerário dos Artistas begins on December 9 until December 15, when ACRAL invites various artists from the Algarve region to exhibit their work in the city during the Christmas initiative. Following this will be the Itinerário dos Presépios, beginning on December 16 and concluding on Christmas Eve. The aim is to create a collection of nativity scenes for people to admire. The scenes will be made by schools, kindergartens and public institutions from the borough of Faro.

Collection boxes will be situated in many of the shops in downtown Faro for local boys’ home, Instituto D. Francisco Gomes (better known as ‘Casa dos Rapazes’). ACRAL appeals for shoppers to support this cause in order to offer a happier Christmas to those less fortunate.