Santa’s arrival marks start of festive season at Forum Algarve

Forum Algarve in Faro will celebrate the start of its Christmas entertainment programme with the arrival of Santa Claus on Saturday (November 11) at 11am.

Santa will be leading a Christmas parade alongside Mrs. Claus, his elves and many other colourful characters, while at the same time the shopping centre’s iconic ice rink will be inaugurated.

The ice rink will be open to visitors for €4 per person, plus €1 for the rental of the skating equipment. There are also family tickets starting at €16.

Last but not least, the doors to Forum Algarve’s Christmas Village will also open on Saturday morning, promising a fun experience for children of all ages. Visitors will be able to take photos with Santa, hand him their Christmas letters, ride a carousel (for free) and receive the 17th edition of ‘Livro do Gui’ (Gui’s Book), which is released every year to raise awareness about a different topic each time – this year the theme is healthy eating.

“The Christmas programme reflects the strong connection we have with the community, and with families in particular. The arrival of Santa Claus and the opening of the ice rink are eagerly anticipated moments for both younger and older visitors, which mark the arrival of Christmas to Forum Algarve,” said the shopping centre’s manager, Sérgio Santos.

Here are the opening hours for each of the Christmas attractions:

 Christmas Village:

 November 11 to December 15

Monday to Thursday: 10.30am-1pm / 2pm-9pm

Friday: 10.30am-1pm / 2pm-10pm

Saturday: 10.30am-10pm

Sunday: 10.30am-9pm

Exceptions include:

November 11: 12pm-10pm

November 30 and December 7: 10.30am-1pm / 2pm-10pm

December 1 and 8: 10.30am-10pm


December 16 to 31

Monday to Friday: 10.30am-1pm /2pm-10pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10.30am-10pm

Exceptions include:

December 24 and 31: 10.30am-5pm

December 25 and January 1: Closed


January 02 to 07

Tuesday to Friday: 10.30am-1pm / 2pm-9pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10.30am-1pm / 2pm-10pm


Santa Claus visits:

November 11 to 30

Monday to Friday: 5.30pm-8.30pm

Saturday and Sunday: 11am-1pm / 3pm-8.30pm


December 1 to 23

Monday to Friday: 11am-1pm / 4pm-8.30pm

Saturday and Sunday: 11am-1pm / 3pm-8.30pm

Exceptions include:

December 1 and 8: 11am-1pm /3pm-8.30pm

December 24: 10am-12.30pm


Ice rink:

November 11 to December 15

Monday to Thursday: 2pm-10pm

Friday: 2pm-11pm

Saturday and holidays: 11am-11pm

Sunday: 11am-10pm

Exceptions include:

November 11 and 30, and December 7: 2pm-11pm


December 16 to 25

Monday to Friday: 11am-1pm / 3pm to 12am

Saturday and Sunday: 11am-12am

Exceptions include:

December 24: 11am-5pm

December 25: Closed


December 26 to January 2

Monday to Friday: 11am-1pm /3pm-11pm

Saturday and Sunday: 11am-11pm

Exceptions include:

December 31: 11am-5pm

January 1: Closed

January 2: 11am-1pm / 3pm-10pm


January 03 to 07

Monday to Thursday: 2pm-10pm

Friday: 2pm-11pm

Saturday: 11am-11pm

Sunday: 11am-10pm