Trade Official Credits Lisbon’s Christmas Lights For Attracting New Tourists


Home to historical sites, colorful streets, and appetizing food, Lisbon is a central part of Portugal’s economy. As the nation’s capital city, it also manages to attract a growing number of American homebuyers and tourists worldwide.

With many travelers eager to explore Lisbon year-round, officials have begun reviewing different aspects of the city that are most appealing to foreigners. At the top of the list is real estate, as US investors feel their dollars go far not just in Portugal’s capital city, but also in other hotspots like Cascais and Porto.

Traditionally, December and January were regarded as the off-season months when tourism lagged a bit. However, that could be changing, according to the president of the Baixa Pombalina Dynamization Association (ADBP).

Christmas lights regarded as a notable tourism magnet

Downtown Lisbon, in particular, has seen an uptick in folks looking for Christmas lights, trains, and other seasonal decorations. In turn, businesses nearby are more likely to get tourists coming in for shopping or a bite to eat.