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Madeira December Events 2024

December 2024 in Madeira is a festive and enchanting month, filled with events that highlight the island’s holiday spirit and traditions. This period is renowned for its spectacular Christmas lights and decorations, which illuminate the streets and towns, creating a magical atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy traditional Christmas markets, offering local crafts and seasonal treats. There’s also a vibrant New Year’s Eve celebration, famous for its breathtaking fireworks display, one of the largest in the world. The festive ambiance is complemented by cultural performances, music, and dance, making December in Madeira a truly memorable time for visitors seeking a blend of traditional celebrations and the island’s natural winter beauty.

December marks the highliht of all of the regional events, which culminates with New Year celebrations.
This festive season commonly known as “A Festa” celebrates the arrival of Christmas season, a particular festive season which is lived intensely with a special feeling by the people of Madeira, until January 6th.

Christmas Lights Switch On

Christmas & New Year’s Festivities 

1 December 2023 to 7th January, 2024

Christmas Lights Switch On

This is the day when the festive lights are switched on. Residents and tourists alike take to the streets to enjoy the magic of Christmas lighting.

Date: 1st December to January 7th
Locality: Funchal

MaXi Race Madeira
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MaXi Race Madeira

The MaXi Race Madeira is a challenging trail running event held in the stunning landscapes of Madeira, Portugal. Part of the international MaXi Race series, this race offers a variety of distances to cater to different levels of runners, from amateurs to seasoned ultra-trail athletes. The courses take participants through some of Madeira’s most beautiful and rugged terrains, including mountain trails, forest paths, and coastal views. The event is not only a physical challenge but also a way to experience the natural beauty of Madeira, with its diverse ecosystems and breathtaking scenery. The MaXi Race Madeira is a celebration of trail running, adventure, and the spirit of pushing personal boundaries.

Date: 2-3 December
Locality: São Vicente

Nomad Island Fest

The Nomad Island Fest is a unique event designed for digital nomads, entrepreneurs, and remote workers, held on the beautiful island of Madeira, Portugal. This festival combines professional development with leisure activities, offering workshops, networking sessions, and talks on various topics relevant to the digital nomad lifestyle and remote work. In addition to the educational aspects, the event includes cultural experiences, outdoor activities, and opportunities to explore Madeira’s stunning landscapes and vibrant culture. The Nomad Island Fest is an ideal gathering for those looking to connect with like-minded individuals, learn new skills, and enjoy a balance of work and play in an idyllic setting.

Date: 7-13 December
Locality: Ponta do Sol

Avalanche Raposeira

The Avalanche Raposeira is an exciting downhill mountain biking event held in the Raposeira area. Known for its thrilling and fast-paced race format, this event challenges participants to navigate steep, rugged terrain at high speeds. The race typically starts from a high point and descends rapidly, testing bikers’ skills and nerve as they compete against the clock. It attracts a wide range of mountain biking enthusiasts, from professional racers to amateurs looking for an adrenaline rush. The Avalanche Raposeira is not just about speed; it’s also about the skillful handling of challenging trails, making it a popular event in the mountain biking community.

Date: 10 December
Locality: Faja da Ovelha, Calheta

Christmas Celebrations – ‘Childbirth Mass’

Dedicated to the birth of Jesus, this nine-day mass represents the nine months of pregnancy the Virgin Mary underwent. The celebrations start at 06:00 on the 16th and end at sunrise on the 24th. As with all essential religious events the Childbirth Mass or Missa do Parto is celebrated extensively throughout the island. 

Date: 16-24 December

Christmas Traditional Nights

True Madeiran Christmas traditions are displayed in different places all over the island on different dates. The best known is the market night at the Mercado dos Agricultores in Funchal on the 23rd of December.

Date: 01/12/2024 – 23/12/2024
Locality: Funchal, Calheta, Câmara de Lobos, Ribeira Brava, Santa Cruz, Santana, São Vicente

Christmas Market

Christmas Market

The Christmas Market features several decorated stalls offering tourists a wide range of regional products, handicrafts and typical foods of the Christmas season, including plants, fruits, sugar cane honey and its by-products, just to take away.

Date: 01/12/2023 – 07/01/2024
Locality: Funchal

Childbirth Masses (Missas do Parto)

From the second half of December until Christmas Eve, Madeirans get up at dawn to participate in masses in honour of Our Lady.

Date: 15/12/2024 – 23/12/2024
Locality: Machico

New Year’s Eve Show

New Year’s Eve Show

The fireworks show for New Year’s Eve lasts about eight minutes and is spread over 59 fireworks stations located in Funchal’s amphitheatre (27 stations), Pier 8 and Almirante Reis Beach (25 stations), at sea (5 stations) and Porto Santo Island (2 stations).

This great show, with pyrotechnic effects that combine the most modern designs, will present effects not yet seen on New Year’s Eve in the Region.

Date: 31/12/2024 – 01/01/2024 (23:59)
Locality: Funchal, Porto Santo

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