The preparations for the Christmas and end-of-year celebrations start in the middle of November. This year the big event is the official opening ceremony of the Christmas illuminations, which takes place on 17 November, near the SÃ© Cathedral at around 9h00 pm.
On this day, the main streets in the centre of Funchal will be invaded by lights of all sizes and colours to produce designs that are very representative of the islandâ€™s characteristic and the time of year. One week later, on 24 November, the outskirts of Funchal will also be lit up transforming Funchal into a real, life-size “nativity scene”.
In early December, the squares are decked with flowers. Poinsettias, holly and ladyâ€™s slipper orchids all help to brighten up the cityâ€™s streets. And then there are the Christmas carols ringing out in all the streets as if by magic inspiring everyone with the festive spirit. The streets fill with people in this atmosphere of great joy. Some are here to do their Christmas shopping, while others just want to enjoy the holiday buzz and atmosphere emanating throughout the city.
(Source: Madeira Tourism)