The Algarve is the beautiful southern coastline of Portugal and the region makes for an enjoyable, alternative Christmas holiday destination. The winter months were typically the low tourist season for Algarve but over the last few years the Christmas holiday season has become more popular, as many of the North African winter sun destination have become unsafe due to political instability or terrorism.
The increase of visitors to the Algarve means that there are more hotels and restaurants open and there is a livelier atmosphere in the larger towns, like Albufeira, Vilamoura, Lagos….
Weather in December
You can say unpredictable, but mild. It can be sunny during the day, and you can even sunbath, but it can also be rainy and windy!
If you planning to rent a villa in the Algarve in December, make sure there is good heating, as the evenings are chilly! Another advantage of planning your holiday to the Algarve in December is, the rents are low! And apart from Christmas, cheap flights too! Algarve Housing can help you to find your unique villa in the Algarve.
Things to do in December in the Algarve
The Algarve is great to visit for Christmas. There is a lot to do, like many Christmas fairs, concerts, street parties and Santa Claus Parades.
Gastronomic week Messines. A great way to sample a range of traditional food and wine
Sinatra and Count Basie, this evening features some of Frank Sinatra´s most popular songs.
21.30, auditorium Lagoa
3 and 4 December
Christmass market Ferragudo
Father Christmas Parade, Armaçao de Pera, 12.30. Join the parade and help people in need! You can shooce to walk (3 km) or join on the mountainbike (18 km).
Participation is free, but please bring some food items. Preferred items are olive oil and packets of milk, but any dried food items will be accepted. All donations offered will be greatly and gratefully appreciated. No donation is too small.
On foot or by bicycle, have a healthy walk and help raise food or money to be distributed to the poor.
To attend, just go to the Holiday Inn Algarve on Saturday, 3rd December, 2016, at 10:00 am, with your Santa Claus suit !!
High tea at Conrad Algarve, Almancil
A festive high tea at prestige hotel Conrad Algarve. Get together with friends and family and warm up a chilly December afternoon with a magnificient High Tea Experience at Hotel Conrad Almancil
Lyrical White Christmas Medley
By Orquestra do Jazz Algarve, Lagoa Auditorium Municipal. Starts at 21.30.
Special guest starring tenor singer Carlos Guilherme
Biergarten Porches (Vila Vita)
Tennis and Fitness Club Vale de Lobo
10 December till 6 January
Children will love the magic of Christmas at the Zoo in Lagos, complete with artificial snow, reindeer, eleves, and ofcourse Santa Claus!