Actually, it’s not only the new year’s eve, it´s the whole season.

Fireworks. Street markets. Parties everywhere.

Let us drive you through the true spirit of Christmas and New Year’s magnificent festivities in Madeira.

Christmas dinner 

The Christmas table in Madeira consists of rich flavors and sharing. Throughout December people get together and warm up with drinks and cakes. They visit the homes of family, friends, and neighbors and indulge in the seasonal delicacies. At Pestana CR7 Funchal we also have a Christmas Dinner Menu for friends and family.

Sport

Runners will want to participate in ‘Volta à Cidade do Funchal‘ (December 28th), one of the oldest Christmas races in Europe. Meanwhile, sea lovers will register at the traditional Madeira plunge (January 1st) in the Ponta Gorda Bathing Complex. 

Markets

Where can you find handicrafts, original objects, typical products, and gourmet delights? Go to the Christmas market at the main square of Avenida Arriaga; to Camacha Market, the funfair at Praça do Mar, or to the Christmas Village in the Municipal Park. One thing you cannot miss, however, is the Market Night on December 23th, which fills up the streets around the Lavradores Market with people doing their last-minute Christmas shopping.

New Year’s Eve

This is the BIG event we all have been waiting for!

On December 30th, people in Madeira anticipate the end of the year with a laidback spirit. Friends, family, and neighbors gather at parties and celebrations.

On the 31st, fireworks on the bay of Funchal are really over the top. Did you know that they were officially recognized in 2006 as the world’s biggest firework display by the Guinness Book of Records? Our personal favorite spot is obviously the Pestana CR7 Funchal rooftop party – simply the best place to see the amazing fireworks! We will have an open bar from 11 PM to 4 AM and a party hosted by DJ Hernandez. The New Year’s Buffet starts earlier at 7:30 PM, with a special buffet.

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