New Year's Eve in Lisbon - What to Do in Lisbon During The Holidays

Posted by: Mariana Pinto

Post Date 01-Dec-2017 21:30:00

Lisbon is the selected destination of many travelers for their New Year's Eve Celebration, a city recognized worldwide as one of the best European destinations with awards and nominations such as Europe's Leading City Break Destination or Europe's Leading Destination.

New Year's Eve in Lisbon

All rights Câmara Municipal de Lisboa Source: Câmara Municipal de Lisboa Facebook Page
In fact, the city offers a great variety of activities for all tastes, from beautiful and culturally rich monuments and sites, great shopping opportunities, beautiful beaches nearby, small and picturesque villages just a few minutes away and some of the best restaurants and wine bars in Portugal. So whether you are actually in Lisbon or relaxing nearby in Alentejo, this is a great time to visit Portugal's main city and engage in the city's Christmas activities.

If you're in Lisbon for the New Year's Eve, check what you can do during your city break in Lisbon.


Watch the Christmas Lights and Free Concerts in the City Center

The Christmas lights in Lisbon have just been inaugurated with a giant Christmas tree in the city center. Illuminations with Christmas motifs will adorn 34 city sites, including the Chiado neighbourhood, Augusta Street and Rossio, where you can find a Christmas tree several meters high, decorated with thousands of gold and silver lights.

Besides, between December 31 and January 3, Praça do Comércio will host free concerts by famous Portuguese artits artists and orchestras. The city has prepared one of the greatest events of the year in Lisbon, with four days of free concerts and other special surprises.


All rights Câmara Municipal de Lisboa Source: Câmara Municipal de Lisboa Facebook Page

Alongside with the free concerts on the streets, there is an ice rink installed in Praça do Comércio, available untill January 6, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., making it a great destination for the couples who love to have fun or for the entire family who wishes to have a great time together.

Taste the best wines in Lisbon's Wine Estates

Portugal is famous for its wines but most of the people who visit Lisbon think that they can only taste the true Portuguese wine in Porto and its Port wine cellars. In fact, near Lisbon you can find some of the most famous wine estates and producers in Portugal where you will be able to taste some of the most awarded Portuguese wines. If you wish a tour to the wine estates near Lisbon, there are several options available.


Wine Bars and Tasting Rooms in Lisbon

If you wish to stay in Lisbon, there are two great places for tasting the most famous Portuguese wines. 

The Lisbon Wines of Portugal Tasting Room, commonly known as the Ogival Room of Lisbon, is located in the west wing of Praça do Comércio, also known as the Terreiro do Paço. This is one of the most emblematic European squares. For two centuries (from 1511 to1755) this was home to the Portuguese Royal Palace of. Nowadays, the elegant buildings surrounding Terreiro do Paço have a new dynamic, promoting wine events, workshops and launches of new wines or brands.

There are several different wine experiences available that present you with a tasting of some of the best wines in Portugal, or you can even choose your favorite kind to taste, red or the white. 


All rights

 For a more young and lively environment, visit By the Wine, the best Wine Bar in Lisbon, from the famous wine producer José Maria da Fonseca. At By the Wine you can sit for a drink and engage with the locals, while tasting some of the best wines of the region as well as regional products such as smoked meat, cheese and olive oil, and snacks such as ceviche or quesadillas. It is the perfect spot for a late lunch or a dinner with a glass of wine.



We hope you enjoy our suggestions and have a great time during your holidays in Lisbon. If you wish customized advice of what to see and do in Lisbon during the holiday season, feel free to contact us and we will be pleased to present you our suggestions. 

Book Your 2018 Vacations in Portugal

Mariana Pinto

Written by: Mariana Pinto

Travel Consultant

Mariana is graduated in Tourism and is a travel specialist with a great knowledge about Portugal, its wine regions, culture, and heritage.

Blog Notifications

Receive our blog articles by email with wine, food & travel advices!

Vacations in Portugal 2017

Blog Authors


Marcelo Copello

Sofia Amorim


Filipe Teixeira


Recent Posts