December arrived and with it one of the most festive time of the year: Christmas.
Porto lives and breathes the Christmas spirit in all its splendour during the last month of the year.
This year, the celebrations will be different due to the pandemic situation, but you can already start dreaming, taking notes and planning on what to enjoy in the Invicta city during Christmas in 2022.
December 1st – the countdown begins
Christmas is light, celebration, dream and hope.
In Porto, everything starts on the first day of December. The city dresses with the Christmas lights and Christmas spirit, from Rua de Santa Catarina to Rua das Flores. The entire Historic Centre is lit up.
But it is not only on the city streets that the Christmas spirit comes alive. Also, on December 1st, a national bank holiday, most of the houses in Porto take out the tree, lights, wreaths, nativity scene from the storeroom and, together with their families, welcome Christmas.
The flavours of Christmas
Once the Christmas spirit is released in the city, people from Porto like to live this season to the fullest, and Christmas food are a most.
The Christmas Eve supper has a protagonist: the salted codfish. In Porto's houses, the family gathers around a big steak of boiled cod, served with potatoes and vegetables, drizzled with delicious olive oil.
After having a bite, come the typical desserts, bolo-rei, pão-de-ló (sponge cake) and rabanada (French toast) savoured with a good glass of Port Wine. But these typical sweets are not only enjoyed at Christmas dinner. Throughout the month of December, people from Porto like to taste Christmas flavours in various places in the city. For example, you can visit Confeitaria Petúlia, Padaria Ribeiro and Confeitaria Tavi to taste a delicious slice of bolo-rei or pão-de-ló. If you are curious to taste the famous rabanada, there is no better place than the iconic Café Majestic.
Shops at Christmas
The streets and houses of Porto are not the only places in the city that breathes Christmas.
Porto's traditional shops open their doors to this festive season in all its splendour.
Annually, Porto City Hall holds a Christmas Window Displays competition to all its traditional and high street stores. Which is always well received by people and gives rise to strolling the streets of Porto with all the shop windows festively decorated this festive season. Each shop window display tells a story, a very unique version of Christmas in typical Porto products.
Entering the city's many historic shops you can find everything you need for your Christmas dinner or even gifts for the children.
Image: Filipa Brito
The protagonists of these Christmas Markets are handmade and traditional products, not only from the city of Porto, but also from the Northern region of Portugal. It is a combination and homage to what is, naturally, from Porto and Portuguese. A souvenir and a little piece of Porto to carry around with you.
If this year, the typical celebrations cannot take place in the city, how about experiencing Christmas Porto style in your home? Recreate our traditions in your home and we will be waiting for you in 2022 to fully celebrate, once again.
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