December is a month full of traditions and celebrations in Madeira. There are many celebrations and events taking place in Madeira during Christmas season.

From the 8th of December to the 6th of January of 2013

The arrival of the decorative lights in the streets of the city centre of Funchal, during the month of December, marks the beginning of the Christmas and New Year festivities.
These commemorations consist of a rich and extensive programme of cultural, religious, ethnographic and artistic manifestations that takes place throughout the entire month of December and ends with the celebration of Twelfth Night.

December 8th to January 6th – Christmas and New-Year Festivities
December commemorates the Christmas season arrival of commonly known as “A Festa”, a particular festive season which is lived intensely with a special feeling by the people of Madeira.
In Madeira, Christmas and New Year celebrations offer a program filled with a variety of religious, ethnographic and artistic events that that last until January 6th. Funchal’s downtown area is therefore overflowed with music, colour and light.
The beginning of the Christmas and New Year program is therefore an event that brings both locals and visitors together, which culminates with the spectacular New Year’s fireworks display at the amphitheatre of the Funchal bay, an event which has been officially recognized by the Guinness book of Records in 2006 as the largest firework display in the world.

Some of the highlights of this program are:
1st December – Beginning of the Illuminations in Downtown Funchal
8 th December to 6th January, 2013- General Illumination of Funchal Amphitheatre
14th December to 6th January 2013 – Christmas Decorations and Exhibitions in downtown Funchal
31st December – New Year’s Eve Firework Display

For further information regarding Christmas and New Year celebrations program consult Madeira Tourism Board Official Website:

VI Exhibition of “Traditional Madeira Delicacies” at Boaventura ( date to be confirmed)
This is an event organized by the Casa do Povo of Boaventura located at the parish of Fajã do Penedo, in S. Vicente county, which aims to disclose and promote Madeira typical Christmas gastronomic delicacies such as: liqueurs, corn bread and cakes, and many  others.
Also, there will be lots of musical entertainment with the participation of several folk groups.
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28th – 54th Tour of the City of Funchal – Athletics
The Tour of the City of Funchal an event promoted by Madeira Athletics Association and considered one of the oldest of its kind, in Portugal and Europe, is a competition that has attracted several national and international athletes to the island, bringing lots of adrenaline to the downtown area of the island capital.
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