Comic Con 2017 Edition Is Back

Portugal’s biggest pop culture festival is back in Matosinhos¬†for its 4th and last edition. Next year this event will move to Lisbon. For those unfamiliar with the festival,¬†Comic Con¬†celebrates the world of cinema, tv, video games, comics, cosplay, anime, manga, music and Youtube. From 14th to 17th December join the festivities at¬†Exponor, the fair pavilion. From workshops to talks, to celebrity meet and greats, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn more about the fabulous world of entertainment.

Ticket prices start at ‚ā¨18. You can buy your ticket at Comic Con’s page right¬†here.

‚ÄļHere’s a preview of what you can expect this year.

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Events You Can’t Miss This Christmas In Lisbon And Around: Children’s Edition

30 November to 31 December 2017 | Christmas Village in √ďbidos

We’re starting with a suggestion not quite in Lisbon, but one that is really worth the 1-hour trip. It’s the √ďbidos Vila Natal ¬†or¬†Christmas Village if you prefer. √ďbidos, a quaint, charming medieval village known for the famous ginginha¬†has in the last few years made its mark when it comes to throwing an epic Christmas fair. Inside the Castle walls, you will find Christmas themed rides, games, slides, an ice-ring, Santa Claus and his elves, delicious food and much more. The Christmas Village is open every day from 11am to 4pm (there might be some exceptions). Tickets can be bought here.

Friday 1 December 2017 | Wonderland Lisboa 

Christmas Wonderland Lisbon

Santa Claus is taking over Parque Eduardo VII in Lisbon, with the second edition of Christmas Wonderland. Skate with your kids on the ice rink, ride the Ferris wheel, visit the Santa village and take a selfie by the Christmas tree. Wonderland Lisboa goes until 1st January 2018. The entrance is free. For updates check their Facebook page here.

6 December to 1 January 2017 | Cascais Christmas Village

Visit the unique Christmas Village in Cascais where everyone, including the little ones, can visit Santa’s house, wonder in an Enchanted Forest, see true reindeer, climb into a tree house and even ice skate. Ticket prices and more information here.

1 December to 23 December 2017 | Reino de Natal in Sintra 

I visited this park last year and I have to confess, it was my favourite. Not only did it feel magical, the Sintra setting helps, but also because it brought back so many of my childhood memories. The Christmas Kingdom or Reino de Natal in Portuguese really is a must, even if you don’t have children. Parque da Liberdade is the set of this enchanted village, inhabited by fairies, elves, snowmen, reindeers and, of course, Father Christmas who has his own house at the end of one of many paths you will walk. There’s also a Post Office from where children can write a letter to Santa, there will also be theatre plays, workshops, concerts and fun sports challenges. Entrance is free. On weekdays it’s open from 9am to 5pm, weekends and holidays from 11am to 7pm.¬†Address: Parque da Liberdade – Volta Duche, 2710-631 Sintra

Friday 1 December 2017 | Christmas tree inauguration in Sintra 

Sing-a-long to the Christmas tunes of the Lisbon¬†Youth Choir as they gather at the steps of Sintra Palace celebrating the inauguration of the Christmas Tree lightening.¬†“Last Christmas”, “Santa Claus is coming to town” and even “Jingle Bells” are just some of the songs they will be singing. The event starts at 6pm.

Address: Largo Rainha Dona Amélia, 2710-616 Sintra

Sunday 10 December 2017 | Alice in Wonderland – The Musical

Musical Alice in Wonderland: The forest is disappearing, the queen of hearts has forbidden laughter. It’s all going downhill if not for Alice, her grandma and the help of some friends who will have to go on crazy adventures¬†to solve the mystery and return laughter to Wonderland. Tickets can be bought here.

Address: Centro Cultural Olga Cadaval¬†| Day: 10 December |¬†Time: 4pm¬†| Duration: 70 minutes |¬†Ages: 3 and more |¬†Price: Starts at ‚ā¨8

Sunday 17 December 2017 | Concerts for Babies

Listen to lullabies: David Ramy lives in Portugal but still carries the¬†Cuban rhythms from his hometown with him. He will perform songs from his homeland at this Christmas¬†concert for babies. This concert is for babies from 3 months to 3 years old. The concert happens on 17th December and repeats at¬†10h00 – 11h30 – 15.30. Price starts at ‚ā¨12.50. The event takes place in Centro Cultural Olga Cadaval. Buy your tickets here.

Saturday 23 December 2017 | Pixar in Concert

Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., The Incredibles, Cars, Inside out, the list of animation movie hits done by Pixar goes on. And the soundtrack is part of the magic why these movies speak so much to our heart. Lisbon Film Orchestra,¬†is bringing some of the best cartoon tunes to life on 23rd December in Campo Pequeno. This event is for children and adults. There will be two sessions, one at 3pm and another at 9.30pm. Tickets can be bought here. Price: From ‚ā¨15 to ‚ā¨35.

Several dates in December 2017 | Larasati or songs for making stars fall asleep

Can√ß√Ķes de Adormecer Estrelas¬†is an interactive musical show for babies with songs from¬†Indonesia, England and Portugal all composed with the same purpose: make children fall asleep. Voice and piano accompanied by an extraordinary percussion ensemble orchestra,¬† made of metalophones, xylophones, gongs and drums. The show is for ages 0-5 years old, the duration is 30 minutes and the price is ‚ā¨3,50 on weekdays, ‚ā¨5 on weekends. Details here.

Several dates in December and January 2017 | Beauty and the Beast on Ice 

Beauty and the beast on Ice

After the amazing success of the Disney movie this year, it’s now time to remember the beautiful love story of Beauty and the beast, this time on ice. Will Bella be able to break the spell and get her prince? Tickets start at ‚ā¨14,50. Buy them on¬†¬†Ticketline.

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Are we missing any other fun Christmas events for children? Let us know in the comments section or send us an email with the details to escapeportugal@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things To Do This Weekend In Lisbon: 28-29 October 2017

Saturday 28th October

PICNIC BRUNCH:¬†Nothing like a lazy Saturday morning in bed followed by a delicious brunch to¬†start your¬†day on a high note. Get your food basket and blanket at¬†Hotel da Estrela¬†and for ‚ā¨19 you can have a nice picnic in the hotel grounds. If you prefer, you can instead have the brunch inside the hotel.¬† It starts at 12.30pm ends at 3.00pm, children from 4 to 11 years old pay half and up to 3 go free. Free parking. More information¬†here.

AUTUMN¬†MARKET: If you live in the Cascais area, the Autumn market is also a great way to spend your morning. There will be loads of food to try, roasted chestnuts, dried fruits, compotes, different types of cheese and charcuterie, liqueurs and jeropiga, a Portuguese wine made with brandy and grapes. At the market, you’ll also find lots of food stalls including roasted pork with chestnuts. Entertainment wise, there will be music and traditional folk dancers performing. Entrance is free. More info here.

FREE TOUR OF THE LIGHTHOUSE:¬†If you’re not afraid of heights, take this free tour to the Farol Museu de Santa Marta. This is a free activity. To book you just have to¬†contact the city hall. The tour starts at 10am.

DRAW YOUR OWN CARTOON:¬†Learn how to draw a cartoon from scratch at the Funda√ß√£o Portuguesa das Telecomunica√ß√Ķes. This is a very practical workshop where you’ll learn the tricks of the trade as you draw. It starts at 10am and ends at 6pm, costs ‚ā¨30 per person. All the information you need is¬†here.

SURVIVAL COURSE IN MONSANTO:¬†Awaken your survival skills with this course in the wilderness. You’ll learn all about what plants to eat and which to avoid or learn how to build a shelter for you and your group. The survival course is open to adults and children. It costs ‚ā¨10 euros and includes covers a wilderness guide, cookies, tea and insurance. Children from 7 to 12 pay ‚ā¨5. Starts 1.30pm and has around 3h30m duration. Tickets here.

SELF DEFENSE FOR WOMEN: You don’t need a lot of strength to stop an aggressor from attacking you. Learn how to prevent potentially dangerous situations with this very practical self-defence course. The course takes¬†2h30, it’s for women only and it costs¬†20 euros. Link about the event¬†here. Tickets here.

PIZZA RODIZIO: From 1.3o to 3pm and again from 7pm to 10.30pm you can taste all the artisanal pizzas you want for only ‚ā¨9.99. Enjoy it here.

BRUNCHER THINGS: Take your best scary costume out of the wardrobe and get ready for Brunch Electronik’s¬† take on Halloween. The party starts at 10pm and ends at 4am and because clocks go back on Sunday, you’ll get an extra party hour. The entrance fee is ‚ā¨22. Get your ticket here.

Sunday 29th October

BAT HUNTING:Puzzle Room’s¬†team is taking you and your children on an adventure through the streets of Lisbon. They’re releasing 7 bats and your mission will be to find those cheeky things before anyone else. Each bat will have a prize attached. Clues will be given on their Facebook Page and will be written in Portuguese and English. The game starts at 10am. The event is free. Visit their page for more info.

FREE YOGA IN THE PARK: Wear comfortable clothes, take a yoga mat or, if you don’t have it, a blanket or towel will do. Get ready to expire all the negativity and inspire freedom. The open-air class will be open to everyone regardless of their fitness level. Free admission. Info and location of the event¬†here.

FAMILY MARKET: In England, you have Gumtree, in America you have Craigslist and in Portugal you have OLX. This Sunday, Portugal’s biggest online shop will be selling is running another live edition, this time focused on children and baby.¬†The fair is taking place in Avenida da Liberdade. And, from 10am to 6pm, you’ll be able to buy everything from children’s clothing to furniture. Throughout the day the Red Cross will be there collecting bedsheets, clothing and toiletries¬†for the victims of the fires. Event page here.

WATCH THE THING: This weekend¬†Cinepop brings you yet another classic movie, this time and because it’s Halloween, they will be showing a horror movie. Revisit The Thing from John Carpenter, the session starts at 4pm. Tickets are only sold at the box office. Location¬†here.

Things To Do This Weekend In Lisbon: 21-22 October 2017 – Children’s Edition

SATURDAY

MUSIC FOR BABIES: It happens every third Saturday of the month and each time there’s a special guest. Through songs and musical games, your¬†kids will develop motor, cognitive and linguistic skills.¬† Starts at 4pm and ends at 5pm. For children from 9 months old to 4 years old. Price is ‚ā¨15 for one baby and two adults.¬†Sign up.

COLLAGE CREATIVE WORKSHOP: Visit the new MAAT Museum (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology) while your children enjoy this creative workshop making collages with different materials. Starts at¬†4pm and ends at 6pm. For ages 9 to 12 years old. ‚ā¨5 per child. 50% off for the second child. Get tickets.

LASER TAG: Looking for a unique experience, filled with adrenaline? Discover the biggest laser tag in Lisbon and Spain. When you enter the¬† 300 m2 arena you’ll feel like you’ve entered another galaxy. Take your children and a group of their friends and have a fun adventure. Ticket prices start at ‚ā¨8 per game. Book your tickets¬†here.

RIDE ON A BUS/BOAT: HIPPOtrip, is both a bus and a boat tour that will surely marvel your children. Driving in the Lisbon streets or plunging into the Tagus river, while learning interesting stories about the city, all without¬†leaving their sits. Adults pay ‚ā¨25 and children and seniors ‚ā¨15. Tickets¬†here.

SUNDAY

MUSICAL THEATRE FOR BABIES: Produced in the¬†Children’s Lisbon Theatre, this play introduces children to Mozart through sounds, lights, shapes and a lot of sensorial¬†experiences. You can see a small teaser here. The play is for children aged 6 months to 4 years old. Sessions start¬†at 11am and a family ticket is ‚ā¨20. Get tickets.

COOKING WITH SOLAR ENERGY: Learn how to cook a pizza and even a sweet apple dessert with solar energy. The class happens in S√£o Pedro do Estoril, 20 minutes train ride from Lisbon. From 11th to 17th and it’s free. More info here.

BOUNCE: Jump, jump, jump, jump around. Have a fun Sunday jumping around with your children at Bounce. A complex filled with 100 trampolines. For children aged 3 and above. Prices: ‚ā¨10 for the first session and ‚ā¨8 for the next ones. More info here.

THE TROUBADOR, A PUPPET OPERA: An opera, that’s also a love story told with masterfully¬†done puppetry. You can find some samples of the Compagnia Marionettistica Carlo Colla & figli¬†work¬†here. The music is from Giuseppe Verdi, the opera is in Italian but with Portuguese¬†subtitles.¬†Sunday at 4pm in Teatro Trindade (there are tickets for this¬†Friday and Saturday at 8pm if you prefer). Tickets start at ‚ā¨10, they also sell family packages. Ages 6 and above. Tickets here.