The village includes Santa’s grotto, an ecological ice rink, market stalls, a train, face painting, jugglers and amusements for the youngest members of the family. However, that is not all as the magic can be experienced throughout the municipality with shows, entertainment, storytelling sessions and the traditional exhibition of the nativity scene by José Cortes.

This year, the Regimental Warehouse (Armazém Regimental) will be another of the entertainment hubs, with daily children's theater shows ("Santa Claus and the Elves" at 3pm and "The Pirates Save Christmas" at 6pm), storytelling sessions with Márcia Gambito and the performance of the children's choir of the Lagos Choir Group on the 16th of December at 5pm.

For young creatives, there is nothing better than stopping by the Christmas Atelier on Rua Porta de Portugal which is running from 1 to 24 December, which will have balloon modeling, creation of badges, hats, plasticine nativity scenes, finger puppets, Christmas pine cones and a letter to Santa Claus.

The markets of Lagos will not be forgotten, with circulating entertainment at Mercado da Avenida, musical shows at Mercado de Santo Amaro and Viv'o Mercado (every Wednesday in December).

The month will also be full of Christmas shows. At the Centro Cultural de Lagos, we will have the Lagos Dance Association (15 and 16/12), the Algarve Orchestra (22/12) and the Lacobrigense Philharmonic Society Band 1.º de Maio (23/12). In addition, there will also be the "Solidarity Concert" of the Choral Group of Lagos (Church of Santa Maria, 15/12).

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Among the program, there is also Natalândia at the Lagos Zoo (9 to 25/12), guided tours "Discovering Christmas in Lagos" with Artur de Jesus (16 and 19/12), "Night of the Fireflies" with Nelda Magalhães, Bruno Batista, Carlos Norton and Vasco Ramalho (Municipal Library, 15/12) and "Musical Sessions: Christmas is coming" with Ana Correia (Municipal Library, 16/12) and the beloved animated nativity scene by José Cortes that works so many wonders annually (Centro Cultural, 28/11 to 13/01).

With the collaboration of ACRAL, local businesses will be part of the celebrations through a promotion initiative (1/12 to 5/01) in which, for every purchase of €10 made in participating stores, they will be entitled to a coupon that allows them to win vouchers worth €100. To facilitate your Christmas shopping, parking will be free between December 1, 2023 and January 5, 2024, for a period of 2 hours, to users of the Riverfront Car Park who present receipt(s) for purchases over €10 made on the same day, in local shops.

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