Experience the Magic of Madeira Christmas Holidays!

From December 1 to January 6 the island comes alive with festivities and traditions.

Christmas is one of the best times of year to visit Madeira. 


There are many magical experiences, such as seasonal shows and spectacular attractions, festive tours, Christmas markets and sparkling lights. Not to mention a great New Year's fireworks display. Below, we highlight what Madeira offers at this wonderful time of year!


We know you'll love your Madeira Xmas Holidays!

💬 And, there's no better way to celebrate than with Madeira Holidays Package.

Where to stay in Madeira? We've got residential-, three-, four-, and five-star hotels in Madeira that will make your holidays bright and festive: our hotels are decorated with lights, nativity scenes, the traditional "Madeira lapinha", and other decorations that are part of this period. You can choose from hotels in Madeira Funchal, near Funchal (Madeira’s capital city), or outside the hotels in Funchal city centre.

But our holiday spirit doesn't stop there. We also have Madeira Christmas lights and sound shows that will get you in the heart of things; various performances throughout Funchal's Central Walkway of Avenida Arriaga; lots of Madeira Christmas Markets on the streets and around the island; an ethnographic village; nativity scenes; and more.

And if all that isn't enough for you? We'll host our New Year's Eve Fireworks Show at Funchal's amphitheatre! That means you can watch all of Madeira Christmas Traditions come together in one place on December 31 (midnight).

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💬 Testimonials

My husband and I spent a week in Madeira over Christmas. We'd never been away for the holidays before, so we were unsure what to expect. But our trip was even better than we'd hoped! The hotel was excellent. The buffet breakfasts were delicious—we had a different menu daily with fresh fruit, pastries, cereals, eggs cooked to order, and many other options. There was a gala dinner on Christmas Eve that included an incredible spread of food. And on Christmas Day, another buffet. As for Funchal itself? We couldn't believe how beautiful it was! All the lights were breathtaking; I'd never seen anything like it. The decorations in town were delightful, too—it felt like fairyland! My only criticism is that we should have stayed longer! But maybe next year... Highly recommended!  Paul H

We arrived in Madeira on the 21st of December and were delighted. The hotel was tastefully decorated and lovely, with all of our needs met. We could see the sea from our balcony, and the room was spotlessly clean. But the best part about this hotel is its staff: friendly, professional people who make you feel at home right away. The receptionist gave us a booklet full of entertainment options for the festive season— including the amazing Christmas lights in Funchal, carol singing by children from local schools, live music and concerts. There were also special decorations around the hotel (dining room etc), making it feel like Christmastime! The food was of good quality throughout our stay. All in all, we had a wonderful time and will definitely return. Lindsey M




Madeira is an incredible destination all year round, but if you're looking for a special place to celebrate Christmas, check out Madeira. This Portuguese island celebrates the arrival of the holiday season at its best.



The island's traditions, the climate, the local cuisine and the festival's main events will surely surprise you. 



Christmas markets in Madeira are unique, not just for the beauty of the flowers on display, but also for the diversity of food, tropical fruits and festive ambience. You can savour some of this season's typical specialities and drinks while appreciating the joy and a friendly atmosphere.



You can participate in this season's festivities and enjoy daily activities and entertainment shows, like Christmas carols and performances by folk groups.



Furthermore, you can taste and discover the story behind the iconic and award-winning Madeira Wine.



On the Children's Christmas Village, children and adults can discover a Christmas train, charming tiny houses, the sleigh of Santa Claus and many other sights. You can admire the Christmas decorations, and children can find hiding places while playing and having fun in the Christmas settings. Prep your camera for a picture with Santa!



From December 1 in Funchal, you can marvel at the thousands of lights with bright colours that light up Christmas windows across this beautiful island's streets, buildings, gardens and mountains. 



The famous "Night at the Market" is held on December 23 at the Farmers Market as the night falls. The streets around the market are close to car traffic while thousands of people do their final Christmas shopping. You will find numerous street stalls selling food, beverages, Christmas trees, floral decorations and all the products needed for this memorable holiday. At 8 p.m., locals and visitors gather at the fish market for popular Christmas carols. The celebration continues with music until dawn.



The holiday season culminates on December 31 New Years Eve, with the incredible fireworks display presented in the 2006 Guinness Book of Records as the greatest fireworks display in the world. Madeira held the title up to 2012.Thousands of people come from around the world to witness this wonderful show. Do the same!



Step 1: Where to stay 👇

Holiday packages for couples sharing the same room, with accommodation, breakfast, airport transfers and excursions:

Step 2: Airport Transfers 👇

  • Transport options: rental cars
  • Airport arrival and departure with driver (included if you are purchasing a 3, 5 or 7 night package)

Step 3: Sightseeing Tours  👇

  • Christmas sightseeing tours package: Nun's Valley, East tour, West tour & Funchal Christmas lights sightseeing night tour (included if you are purchasing a 7 night package)
  • Christmas traditions and culture Tours : City tour, Museum & Garden tour, Madeira Food tour, Madeira Wine Tour
  • Pick up and drop-off: Childbirth Masses & Night Markets, Fireworks show from the town centre
  • Boat trip: Spectacular display of fireworks from the sea

Christmas in Madeira Video 👇

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