Porto has the Christmas lights switch-on together with a great party in Avenida dos Aliados

The Christmas lights switch-on in the city already has a time and place set: it will be on December 1st, along the entire Avenida dos Aliados. The party starts early in the afternoon and includes a comedy show and two concerts open to the entire population. The first concert by Carolina Deslandes and the second concert by Saint Dominic's Gospel Choir.

The programme begins early in the afternoon and across Porto’s city centre, with music as the main common thread. Shortly after 3pm, there will be choruses and traveling bands going to the main streets and squares of the city centre. An hour later, the Clérigos staircase will be the stage for the first of the seven concertos for another cycle "Natal à Porta".

But the party’s epicentre will take place in Avenida dos Aliados, where the programme starts at 3:30pm, with a comedy show by French busker Mr. Bang. His mission is to enchant the audience with absurd abilities, tricks and explosive comedy.

At 4:30pm, the concert by Carolina Deslandes begins. The stage set next to the Espelho de Água (Water Mirror), on the upper part of Avenida dos Aliados, will be the perfect setting to welcome one of the greatest artists of today’s generation of Portuguese singers and composers.

Now with the whole city lighted up and more than 29 thousand lights shining in the Christmas Tree, this year with 40 meters in height and 20 in diameter, the public can still watch the performance of one of the oldest and most renowned gospel choirs of the country, Saint Dominic's Gospel Choir. The concert will bring together 50 musicians on stage and will start at 6:30pm.

During the bank holiday, the two natural ice rinks of the city will also be inaugurated, located in Praça D. João I and in Rotunda da Boavista (is part of Praça da Fantasia [Fantasy Square]). On this opening day, entry to both venues will be free from 8pm until closing time.



  • Travelling Choirs "Dar Corda ao Natal" | Porto City Centre
  • Batucada Radical’s Parade | Porto City Centre
  • Mr. Bang's comedy show | Avenida dos Aliados (upper part)
  • PopUp Concert by Vozes Portáteis| Clérigos Tower’s Balcony
  • Concert by Carolina Deslandes | Avenida dos Aliados (upper part)
  • Firework Display Show | Praça do General Humberto Delgado
  • Christmas Lights and Christmas Tree Switch-on | Praça do General Humberto Delgado
  • Concert by Saint Dominic's Gospel Choir | Avenida dos Aliados (upper part)

Source: Porto.pt

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Published 21-11-2018