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Posted by portugalpress on December 04, 2018

Portimão is promising an unforgettable Christmas with a fun-filled programme including an ice rink, a Christmas fair, musical parades, magic shows and concerts.

The festivities begin this Thursday (December 6) with the inauguration of the town’s Christmas fair and ice rink as well as the arrival of Santa at Praça da República, the square also known as Alameda, at 5pm.

The ice rink will be open to all for free on Thursday, after which it will cost €1 per person. It will be open Sunday to Thursday between 11am and 9pm and Friday to Saturday between 11am and 11pm.

Santa’s House will be just nearby where the jolly gift-bearer will be on hand to receive children’s letters and take pictures.

And for those looking to buy some Christmas gifts, there will be a market with stalls selling handicraft and traditional products, such as homemade liquors and cakes, as well as collector’s items and antiques.

The Alameda will also have a stage set up where choirs, bands and theatre groups will be performing throughout the course of the fair, which will be held until December 23.

There will also be musical parades, the first of which will be held this Saturday at 5pm, followed by an illusionism show at 6.30pm.

But the town’s festive entertainment won’t be restricted to the Alameda. The town’s life-size nativity scene is already on display at Largo da Mó on the so-called ‘Rua das Lojas’, where local businesses are also carrying out a Christmas shop window competition.

There will also be concerts and musical performances throughout the town and a Christmas Paddle Meeting organised by the Portimão Surf Club and open to everyone on December 22 between 10am and 1pm.

Alvor will also be hosting its own Christmas fair on December 14, 15 and 16 in front of the church.

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