Portimão will once again live "A Christmas Dream", an event dedicated to the whole family that will have all the ingredients that are expected in this festive season, whose launch will take place on December 1st, at 17:00, in the old Lota of the city.
Until January 6th, the city of Portimão «will once again be transformed into an authentic Christmas Village, recreating several attraction centers, inspired by the festive season and completely free, in which the Christmas universe will intersect with moments of fantasy and fun aimed at the whole family», according to the Chamber of Portimão.
On the 1st of December, the program will start with the arrival of Santa Claus arriving at the old Fish Market, located in the riverside area of Portimão, «to inaugurate the Toy Factory accompanied by Mother Christmas and her elves».
This is followed by a parade with about a hundred extras towards Manuel Teixeira Gomes Square, where the Santa Claus House will be inaugurated, heading the procession to Praça da República, in the heart of the historic center of Portimão, for the inauguration of the Ice Rink with 200 square meters, the Christmas Stage and the Christmas lighting, with emphasis on the immersive Planetarium with LED technology.
Until January 6, locals and visitors can look forward to 37 days «full of attractions in various poles».
In addition to Praça da República, the action takes place in Jardim 1.º de Dezembro, with the Christmas Market and its ten stands occupied by local artisans, and in Praça Manuel Teixeira Gomes, the setting for Santa's House and a stop for the Christmas Train, that will circulate in the 'downtown' of Portimão, without forgetting the Largo da Mó, with the usual life-size Nativity Scene, and the thematic parades that on Saturdays will run through some of the main arteries of the old part of the city, also passing through Alvor, on the 17th, and by Mexilhoeira Grande, on the 19th of December.
The Chamber of Portimão highlights the Christmas Stage of Praça da República, «which in the late afternoon will host fifty shows, including circus arts, poetry, music, dance, magic, theater, puppets and clowns, starring five hundred artists, about 80 percent of whom are residents or natives of Portimão, and which includes students from various schools in the municipality and local groups who will be able to reveal their talents there».
«Also worthy of special mention is the Santa Claus Factory, installed in the old Fish Market, stage for creative and educational activities with several workshops and workshops, Story Time, the making of Christmas cookies, techniques on how to wrap gifts and much more. There will also be in this space the 'Christmas Recreation', consisting of fun spaces and differentiated equipment for each age group, with several inflatables and carousels», adds the municipality.