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Posted by algarveresident on November 08, 2013

December 15 to 17 – Carvoeiro Christmas Fair. Beach square, 10am to 8pm

December 15 to 23 – Portimão Christmas Fair at the Alameda square, with several stalls manned by local producers and artisans as well as a “magic carrousel” and Santa’s House. The fair will be open between 11am and 8pm from Sunday to Thursday and between 10.30am and 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Santa Claus will arrive on December 15 at 4pm

December 15 to 17 – Santa Luzia Christmas fair (Tavira). Taking place in front of the local church between 2pm and 7pm, will feature everything from face painting and bird shows to musical performances and Zumba dancing. Admission is free

December 15 & 16 – Living Statues at Christmas. Lagoa, Rua 25 de Abril and Largo 5 de Outubro. 15th 3pm to 6pm, 16th 10am to 1pm. www.facebook/estatuasvivasnatal

December 16 & 17 – Alvor Christmas fair near the village’s church. The fair will feature the arrival of Santa Claus, a series of musical performances and also a Christmas-themed showcooking event. 10am to 7pm

December 16 – ACCA Christmas Fair. There will be stalls with gift ideas, decorations, candles, foods from around the world, drink and much more. 10am to 6pm at the Algarve Tennis and Fitness Club in Vale do Lobo

December 16 to 20 – Monchique Christmas Market. Lago dos Chorões, 10am to 6pm

Until December 31 – Natalândia at Lagos Zoo. Besides over 140 species to see, there will be fun Christmas activities, meet Santa Claus, play in a toy factory or enjoying artificial snow, a puppet show, face painting and traditional games. Tickets cost €10 for Algarve residents. Barão de São João, open every day from 10am to 5pm. www.zoolagos.com

December 20 to 23 – Christmas entertainment. Tavira, Mercado sa Ribeira, starts 3pm

Until December 17 – Vila Vita Christmas Market. Handicrafts, traditional, German delicacies, wines, workshop, face-painting, games, Christmas draw. Visitors will be encouraged to donate €1 per purchase made with proceeds going to children’s home Bom Samaritano in Alvor. Vila Vita Biergarten in Porches, in the first three weekends of December between 1pm and 8pm. Free entry

Until January 7 – Silves Christmas Festive fun. 400sqm ice rink, Santa in his grotto, bubble blowing snowman, “snowfall”, Christmas music and many fun activities. Al-Muthamid square, daily from 2pm and 10pm (closed on December 24, 25, 31, and January 1). Free entry

Until January 7 – Snow Land in Albufeira. There will be an ice rink, bouncy castles, shows, a snow park, snow globe and more. Located in Praça do Município (main square in front of the council building), weekdays 3pm to 8pm and weekends 10am to 8pm

Until January 7 – Forum Algarve Christmas Village. Children can play games, go on a carousel ride, take pictures with Santa and write him letters. The popular ice rink is set up in the main square. Open Monday to Friday 10.30am to 10pm, weekends 10am to 10pm. Santa will welcome children each day (except Wednesday) 11am to 1pm and 5.30pm to 8pm

Until January 8 – VRS António Christmas Village. Praça Marquês de Pombal, 10am to 7pm

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