Countdown to 2023: The Ultimate Guide to New Year’s Eve Parties in Madeira Island

Jan 19, 2023 | Activities

New Year’s Parties in Madeira are the best option for you and your family. Christmas and New Year´s parties are usually the best time of the year for a lot of people. The celebrations include music, parties, lights, and fireworks to say goodbye to the old year and, above all, to welcome the new one that will surely be much better than the previous one.

If there is a place where these celebrations have a unique and symbolic character full of emotions, it is in Madeira, “A Pérola do Atlântico”, with an excellent climate and marvellous landscapes.

Why Madeira Island is the best option for New Year’s Parties?

Madeira is an incredible destination throughout the year, but at Christmas time and new year´s eve you can feel unique and special magic. The island’s traditions during this time of the year, the climate, and the local gastronomy are some of the reasons why it is so worth travelling to Madeira at that time of the year. For this reasons, we mention to you the program for New Year’s Parties.

-General Lighting of Decorative Lights in Funchal December 1 to January 7, 2024

The lighting of Christmas lights takes place on December 1 in the city of Funchal and ends on January 7. During this period, thousands of lights shine through the streets, buildings, and gardens of the city. Still, you can enjoy the vibrant colours, decorations, and shows every 30 minutes from 6:00 p.m., that the city of Funchal offers you.

-Christmas Exhibitions in the downtown of Funchal December 1 to January 7, 2024

Christmas markets all over the world are well known and special, but Madeira has unique Christmas markets, thanks to the diversity of food, the beauty of flowers, the festive atmosphere, and the musical performances of Christmas carols. Located on the Avenida Arriaga boulevard, these small cabins, different from those of the rest of Europe, will fascinate you.

You cannot miss the famous “Noite do Mercado” that takes place on December 23, in the “Mercado dos Lavradores”. As night falls, thousands of people fill the streets of Funchal to enjoy this magical night where many stalls sell food, drinks, Christmas trees, and floral decorations, while they sing popular Christmas carols, a celebration that continues with music until dawn.

-Fireworks Show December 31

The arrival of the new year is one of the most impressive events in Madeira. The Madeira fireworks were internationally recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as “The Greatest Fireworks Show in the World”. On December 31, for almost ten minutes, you can enjoy this wonderful show.

New Year’s Eve in Madeira It is an unforgettable moment, seen from the sea or seen on land, and the most incredible way to leave the old year behind and embrace the new year.

-“Singing the Kings” Show at the Municipal Garden January 5, 2024

Throughout Madeira Island, the Day of the Kings is celebrated on January 5th, marking the arrival of the Three Wise Men to Bethlehem. “Let’s Sing the Kings” is a show featuring various groups, including choirs and folkloric groups, that takes place at the Municipal Garden in Funchal. It is part of the Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations and typically attracts thousands of spectators. The show highlights the popular tradition of Madeiran traditional songs and marks the end of the Christmas festivities and the start of a new year.


If you plan to end the year in a special place, Madeira is the place you were looking for. Its mild temperatures and wonderful traditions make the festivities the most beautiful and lively that exist, you will not regret living such a unique experience during this time full of illusion.

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