What’s On

December 19

IF Club Christmas party at Hotel Algarve Casino. Guests and friends very welcome. Call Eileen 282 799 111or email [email protected]  

Christmas party and charity drive at Centro Quiroprático  de Portugal in Portimão. Bring a gift for the children at Casa Bom Samaritano and in exchange get your back adjusted. From 4pm to 7pm. Call 282 482 817

Afpop Christmas lunch at Mama Mia Italian restaurant in Pateo, Albufeira. Three course meal including drinks. Tickets 20 euros for members and 22.50 euros for non-members. To book, call 289 512 513 or email [email protected]

Lessons and carols for Christmas  with St Vincent’s Anglican Church, at Nossa Senhora de Fátima church, near Almancil from 6pm. Call  282 322 854

Christmas concert by Algarve Orchestra at Lagos cultural centre, from 9.30pm

December 20

EVENT CANCELLED – Rotary Club Estoi Palace International has cancelled its Christmas Concert due to take place at the Estoi Church from 4pm due to unforeseen circumstances

Lucky Duckies Christmas concert at Lagoa’s municipal auditorium from 9.30pm. Call 282 380 434

Lagos Jazz Orchestra Christmas concert at Lagos Cultural centre from 9.30pm. Call 282 780 060

Christmas Soul by a gospel choir at Misericórdia church in Silves from 10pm. Call 282 440 800 (ext. 375)

Lisbon’s Gregorian choir, Tavira’s group choir and the Psalyte choir sing at Carmo church, Tavira from 9.30pm

December 21

Lessons and carols for Christmas with St Vincent’s Anglican Church, Monte da Palhagueira, at St Luke’s church, Gorjões, Santa Barbara de Nexe from 6.30pm. Call 289 791 699, 919 055 959

Grand Christmas concert by Orquestra do Norte accompanied by a choir at Alvor’s main church from 3.30pm

Grand Christmas concert by Orquestra do Norte accompanied by a choir at Mexilhoeira Grande’s main church from 9.30pm

Concert by Adágio group at Continente Shopping centre, Portimão from 11am until midday

Christmas concert by Algarve Orchestra at São Pedro do Mar church in Quarteira, from 9pm

Christmas concert by Ossónoba choir at Monchique church from 7pm. Call 282 910 200

December 23

Carol singing at Tavira Pousada with All Saints Anglican Church congregation from 6pm. Call 282 380 311

The Mad hatters Riverside Bar in Tavira will be holding a Christmas quiz on at 9pm. Free entry to the Quiz but there will be a raffle and all proceeds will be donated to the ACCA Children’s Charity. Go along for a mince pie and glass of mulled wine.

December 24  

Midnight Mass with St. Vincent’s Anglican Church, near Almancil, Igreja da Nossa Senhora de Fátima from 11pm. Call 282 322854

Christmas Eve celebration around a candlelit Christmas tree and life-sized stable with the International Evangelical church of the Algarve in Vale Judeu from 7pm. After the service everyone will be invited to a drink and a snack. For more information contact 289 328 635 or via [email protected] or visit website at iec-algarve.com  

Midnight Mass with  St Vincent’s Anglican Church, Luz (Lagos), Village church in Espiche from 11pm. Call 282 788104, 966729982

Until December 24

Santa Claus at Forum Algarve shopping centre in Faro everyday from 11am until 1pm, 2.30pm until 5.30pm and 6pm until 9pm

Santa Claus at Algarve Shopping Centre in Guia. Call 289 105 500

Santa Claus at Continente Shopping centre in Portimão. Everyday from 11am until 1pm and 3pm until 8pm. On Christmas Eve, Santa will be available for any last minute requests from 11am until 1pm and from 2pm until 5pm. Funds raised from photos with Santa will go to charity. For more information call 282 490 840

December 25

Christmas luncheon with live music by Royal Flush Band at Amendoeiras restaurant at Hotel Algarve Casino, Praia da Rocha. Tickets 45 euros, call 282 402 000

Celebration of the Nativity of Jesus Christ with Saint Vincent’s Anglican church at Saint Luke’s church in Palhagueira, Santa Bárbara de Nexe from 10.30am                              

Celebration of the Nativity of Jesus Christ with Saint Vincent’s Anglican church in Praia da Luz from 11.30am                                    

Christmas Day service with All Saints Anglican church at Almancil community centre from 10am. Call 282 380 311/ 914 781 453

Christmas Day Choral Eucharist with St Vincent’s Anglican Church, Monte da Palhagueira, at St Luke’s Church, Gorjões, near Sta Barbara de Nexe from 10:30am. Call  289 791699/ 919055959

Christmas Day Choral Eucharist with St Vincent’s Anglican Church, Luz (Lagos) at Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Luz from 11.30am. Call 282 788104/ 966729982

Double Cocktail live at Christmas Lunch concert, The Bouliqueime Inn, Bouliqueime near Vilamoura. Information email: [email protected]  or [email protected]

Until December 31

Winter activities at Alameda da Praça da República in Portimão including daily artificial snow fall between 11am and 5pm, a life sized nativity scene and 25m tall Christmas tree as well as an artificial ice ramp 60m in length and a 100m2 children’s ice skating rink, for children up to 12 years of age. Open daily from 10am until 10pm.  Call 282 470 832

Aldeia do Pai Natal, Santa’s Village in the main square of Vila Real de Santo António, with inflatables, music, magic, face painting, artificial snow, a carousel, a children’s train and much more. Call 281 510 000



Portuguese bands Rosa and Um Segredo Fechado play before midnight along the beachfront, followed by fireworks. After midnight, renowned British reggae band UB40 take to the stage.


Largo São Francisco, a variety of Portuguese bands and DJ’s from 10pm until late with fireworks starting at 11.45pm. Call 289 870 870


Avenida dos Descobrimentos – Fire works display at midnight. Call 282 780 060


Praça do Mar – Concert by Deolinda and David Fonseca from 10pm and fire works


Praça da República – from 10pm and fireworks. Call 281 320 500


Western area of Monte Gordo. December 30 – concert by Paulo Gonzo and various DJs from 10pm; December 31 – concert by Anjos and other artists, from 10pm. Also concert by Grupo Musical Nova Dimensão at Praça Marquês de Pombal from 10pm


“A New Year’s Eve with Double Cocktail” live at The Bouliqueime Inn, near Vilamoura. Dinner dance and party music for all ages. For mor information email [email protected]