Lisbon at Christmas time: X-mas kitsch, a giant tree, eco-decoration, sexy X-mas lingerie & ‘Maria Temptations’ restaurant

In December, thousands of colorful lights decorate Lisbon. Portuguese people love ‘the most wonderful time of the year’, celebrating Christmas with a lot of X-mas kitsch. Everywhere you look you see blinking neon lights, Christmas markets and decorated shops. If you are a Christmas hater, maybe it’s a better idea to visit this fascinating city some other time of the year ūüėČ

Lisbon Christmas 2009 Rua da Prata

Rua da Prata, in December…….

Movie Christmas decoration

Lisbon Christmas 2009 Theatre Dona Maria

National Theatre Teatro Nacional Do√Īa Maria II.

Christmas time in Lisbon is similar to everywhere else in the world, except that the decorations has a higher kitsch factor.

Lisbon Christmas 2009 sexy window dressing

Rua da Palma,

lingerie shop close to one of my favorite restaurants in Lisbon, RAMIRO

Lisbon Christmas 2009 Hermes window dressing

Hermes, Largo do Chiado 9.

Purtuguese really love  Christmas window dressing with animals! (Christmas 2008)

 

Lisbon Chirstmas window dressing 2009

Further, there‚Äôs a giant 44m Christmas tree (You Tube video), set up on the highest point of Eduardo VII park, with 1.625.000 (!!) mini lights, lighting up the tree’s decorations from 17:30 pm – 1am.

Of course, children love it!

Feira da Ladra alternativa recycled Nespresso cups

Lisbon’s unique¬†& original¬†Ladra Alternativa (Alternative Flea Market ).

Christmas decoration made from recycled Nespresso caps (3 euro)

Lisbon December 2009 Christmas and baggers

A creative idea to make some money at Christmas time……

Lisbon Christmas 2009 united colours shrinked Benetton pullovers

Benetton shop Lisbon, window dressing,  Rua Garrett

The clothing market shrinked this year because of the crisis, as well as the sweaters of ¬†Benetton in the window¬†ūüėČ

Lisbon Restaurant the Temptations of Goa Jesus Maria2

Maria dos Angos (Maria of the Angels) & Jesus Lee

Nowadays ūüėČ Maria & Jesus own a famous restaurant in Mouraria, a historical area of Lisbon. Cook is Jesus Lee (Goan origin) and owner is Maria dos Angus (Maria of the Angels). The genuine Goan family food is created with Jesus‚Äô love! ‚ÄúTenta√ß√Ķes (Temptations) de Goa‚ÄĚ.

A nice holiday  3-bedroom apartment with patio in this area

NEW YEAR: on the night of December 31, Lisbon is one big street party! Live music and a fantastic fireworks display at¬†Parque das Na√ß√Ķes , ( EXPO 98).¬† The famous square Pra√ßa do Com√©rcio¬†will be filled on the night of December 31st with concerts by Portuguese bands and with the lights of the fireworks at midnight. Cultural agenda Lisbon

According to the Portuguese tradition, twelve wishes are made to the sound of the twelve bell tolls, toasting with champaign to the new year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! FELIZ ANO NOVO!

Remarkable Christmas window dressing in Lisbon’s city center, a pierced Santa Claus & how a reindeer recommends a ‘sexual desire’ product

Already in October Lisbon is busy decorating the streets and the trees with lots of Christmas lights. Walking along the Baixa and Chiado, visitors have plenty of opportunity to find the perfect gift, to suit everyone’s wallet. The windows of the shops are dressed up with Christmas decorations, and some are¬†quite remarkable! ¬†Herewith some examples of Portuguese creativity in Lisbon’s commercial heart.

Lisbon Christmas window dressing Largo do Chiado

Christmas window dressing at Largo do Chiado

Elegant shopping district, close to luxury hotel Bairro Alto and Lisbon’s famous nightlife:¬† possibly one of the best spots in Europe for a night out!

Lisbon window dressing Christmas time Rua da Prata

Traditional Christmas window dressing  Rua da Prata

Lisbon remarkable Christmas window dressing penis piercings Santa Claus

In the same street, Rua da Prata 88, a pierced Santa Claus (2010)

TRIPARTE TATTOO – Body Piercing – Tattoo shop Rua da Prata, 88-90 Baixa, Lisboa

Christmas shopping Lisbon window Hermes

Herm√©s in December, they love ‘animal window dressing’,¬†Largo do Chiado 9, Lisbon

Lisbon Christmas window dressing Biaxa

Baixa area
Lisbon remarkable Christmas window dressing stars wearing glasses

Rua do Carmo (2010)

Did you ever see stars in the sky wearing glasses ? This street is close to the famous tourist attraction ‚ÄėSanta Justa elevator‚Äô (Elevador de Santa Justa) and my favorite square in Lisbon : Pra√ßa do Carmo

Lisbon remarkable window dressing Christams reindeer recommend sexual desire product

Rua da Madalena, a reindeer in the window is placed¬†in front of¬†a poster ‘ how to increase your¬†sexual desire’ : ‘Libidosil‘ (2010)

..more about this remarkable street….

 Remarkable window dressing Lisbon Alfama butcher shop

 Alfama, Rua dos Remedios,  talho (butcher) do Chafariz

Even de butchers decorate their shops for Christmas… ūüėČ

Remarkable window dressing Lisbon hearing aid

…Hearing Aid shop & new batteries (pilhas 5 euro)

Christmas time in Lisbon tram decorations

Besides: Jingle bells! Even trams (Eletrico Natal) are decorated with lights and steered by Santa Claus himself!

Christmas time in Lisbon Tram and Santa Claus conductur

‘Boas Festas e Feliz Natal’ (Merry Christmas and happy New Year!), Pra√ßa da Figueira, more about this area……..

 

Lisbon shopping: beautiful Avenida da Liberdade, luxury international brands & Prada’s wonderful window dressing

Beautiful Avenida da Liberdade (Liberty Avenue) is located between Restauradores Square and Marquis of Pombal Square. The Avenue was built between 1879 and 1882.

Lisbon shopping Avenida da Liberdade pedestrial center kiss

This broad boulevard, with a pedestrianised centre in the middle, is the Portuguese equivalent of the Champs Elysees.

Lisbon shopping Avenida da Liberdade trees

It’s a lovely avenue to wander down, with cafes where you can take a break. 

 Lisbon Shopping Avenida da Liberdade Luis Vuitton boutique

If you are looking for luxury international brands you will find here f.i. Luis Vuitton, Emporio Armani and Escada fashionable boutiques.

 Shopping in Lisbon Avenida da Liberdade

Be prepared: the prices are the same as in any of these shops in London or Paris.

Avenida da Liberdade Lisbon new Prada shop 2010

PRADA boutique Avenida da Liberdade 249  Lisbon, December 2010

Economic crisis in Portugal? Prada does not believe in the miserable economic situation in¬†Portugal and opened a store in Lisbon in 2010¬†. It was a long search for the location, because Miuccia Prada did not want just any shop. It eventually became a building on the Avenida de Liberdade, one of Lisbon’s main shopping streets. Two floors and 650 m2 of clothing, make-up and perfume.

Lisbon shopping Avenida da Liberdade architecture

Many of the original buildings of the avenue have been replaced in the last decades by tall offices and hotel buildings. Nowadays it boasts several interesting buildings that reflect Portuguese architecture from the late 19th through the early 21st centuries and the Moorish influence.

Lisbon shopping Avenida da Liberdade architecture