Christmas is upon us and as one can probably know by now, we are quite fond of traditions. From eating rabanadas (the delectable Portuguese version of french toast) to decorating the house with azevinhos, these little traditions warm our hearts more than the irresistible Port Wine -- which we love, to be frank.
This season really is the merriest and even though Portugal is known as a summer destination, if you care to spare some time with us, we will show that Holiday season here can be just as lovely as any other time of year. Apart from the shopping streets of Chiado and Avenida da Liberdade adorned with Christmas decoration, there’s more to discover.
This month of December, Pena Palace (close to our Quinta Velha in Sintra), has a very special exhibition curated by renowned Portugal designer Joana Astolfi as she recreates the first ever Portuguese Christmas tree. D. Fernando II brought this tradition from Austria over 200 years ago and based on the corespondency kept from the time and paintings, they were able to faithfully recreate it.
Aside from the lovely Christmas lights that are already charming the city, Lisbon offers many activities for those staying here during the festivities. Gulbenkian museum orchestra will play J. S. Bach notorious Christmas Oratorio, divided into six majestic parts, each one was composed to be played on a different day of the Christmas festivities starting Dec 13th.
For the third year in a row, Cascais Christmas Village will take place until January 1st and is truly a fairytale for kids and also for parents who want to feel that Christmas nostalgia, hopefully leaving all concerns behind and reliving cherished childhood memories.
All the details were carefully considered to create the perfect cinematographic scenario with deers, snow, Santa Claus, elves, and all the other magical creatures. If you top that with a generously filled glass of wine, a not-so-harsh winter and the coziness that our houses have to offer... we might say its a true wonderland. Get in touch for more info.