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!