Santa kicks off Lagos’ festive programme

Christmas will be celebrated in style in Lagos. The town has unveiled a vast agenda for the festive season with Christmas concerts and nativity scene displays.

Festivities begin with the arrival of Santa at Praça Luís de Camões on Saturday (December 3). The fun is set to start at 2pm with face painting and performances by street artists, before Santa’s arrival at 3pm.

Praça Luís de Camões will also welcome ‘Mother Christmas House’ – open to visitors of all ages, Monday to Friday from 10am to midday and 2pm to 5pm; Saturday from 10am to midday – where Mrs. Claus will be on hand for photos, story-telling and to receive children’s letters for her overstretched husband.

Elsewhere in the town, three hours of free parking at Parque da Frente Ribeirinha will be offered to anyone who spends at least €10 shopping in the town’s commercial centre, and there will be a stunning nativity scene by local resident José Cortes on display. Rolled out every season, the Christmas scene can be viewed at Cortes’ home on Rua 5 de Outubro, no. 18, from Saturday, December 17 to Friday, January 6.

Also on the agenda are various performances at Lagos cultural centre – including two by the town’s dancing association (Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10, both at 7.30pm) – and a concert by the Sociedade Filarmónica Lacobrigense 1ºde Maio on Saturday, December 17 at 9.30pm.

The town’s Lagos Zoo in nearby Barão de São João is also hosting its annual festive ‘Natalândia’ event between Saturday, December 10 and New Year’s Eve, incorporating all kinds of children’s attractions, including bouncy castles, a ‘toy factory’ and Christmas plays. Ticket prices start at €8 for Algarve residents.

Lagos council says it will soon be publishing its Christmas programme on the municipal website.

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Photo: Lagos Zoo will again hold its Natalândia event