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1 December to 6 January 2018 | Madeira

Christmas and New Year's celebrations

The Christian tradition of the Christmas season, deeply set in the habits of the people of Madeira combines with expressions of delight in the coming of the new year in a rich and extensive cultural, ethnographic and artistic programme.

It runs through the whole month of December, right up to the Feast of the Epiphany.

The high point is reached at midnight on New Years eve, when the amphitheatre of Funchal is transformed into a giant manger scene with over 250,000 coloured lights, and with the slopes dotted in white by the lights especially placed for this purpose, making an unforgettable spectacle.

At the stroke of Midnight on 31 December, the sky is lit up with fireworks and colour and hope in the coming year which couldn't start off in a better way. The “Guinness World Records” has classified this as the largest pyrotechnic show on earth.


PortoBay Hotels & Resorts has also developed a very special programme for this season.



The Cliff Bay . Porto Santa Maria . Eden Mar . Porto Mare . The Residence . PortoBay Serra Golf