With its leafy landscape, balmy weather and charming culture, Madeira is a stand-out destination you can enjoy year-round. But one of the best times to visit is around Christmas and New Year when the locals go all out for their winter celebrations. Hotels fill up fast over this sell-out season, so be sure to book this amazing experience well in advance.
Funchal's Christmas lights
Some of the most extravagant in the world – and Guinness Book of World Record winner – Funchal’s eye-catching Christmas lights will be switched on from 1st December. Stroll the streets to take in every decorative display.
Market night pops up in Funchal on 23rd December. Get stuck into the hustle and bustle of last-minute Christmas shopping while folk bands keep the good times going until dawn.
New Year's Eve
It’s no surprise people return year after year to see the spectacular firework displays that light up Funchal’s skies on NYE. On the ground, you’ll find fab food and live music.
Singing of the Kings
On 5th January, everyone in Funchal gathers to watch a bunch of outdoor concerts to celebrate the 12th night after Christmas. Join in with street parties, music, food and festivities.
Santo Amaro Festival
To mark the end of Christmas, Santo Amaro is celebrated across Madeira on 15th January. In Santa Cruz, things kick off with a candlelit procession, while music and food add to the fun.
From stylish clubs to laid-back café vibes - Funchal has lots of options on an eve. Vespas is the place to throw some shapes into the wee small hours, or take in relaxed Latin beats from a comfy table at...
When iconic footballer Cristiano Ronaldo ran out of space for his trophies he opened a museum in Funchal for them. Here you can see his FIFA Ballon d' Or trophies among many others. Trophies aside, learn about...
Lay down a blanket, kick off your shoes and unwind in the pretty Santa Catrina Park - overlooking the harbour. Watch ships come and go, listen to birds sing in the aviary - or chill with a paperback. Kids will...