New Year's Eve in the Algarve - what's on in Albufeira, Portimão, Lagos

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Free parties, concerts and fireworks all across the Algarve

The Algarve welcomes the new year with parties all across the region. Most towns have a street party or concert followed by fireworks to get 2020 started with a bang. Best of all, most of these New Year's Eve parties are free of charge. Just turn up and have fun!
New Year’s Eve is the party night of the year. Say goodbye to 2019 and welcome 2020 in the company of friends and family, with your dancing shoes on and mesmerized by fabulous fireworks.  Many restaurants have special New Year’s Eve menus where you can enjoy great food before heading off to see the fireworks, while some keep the party going all night long, like Big Red’s near Alvor  - they close the door when the last person leaves….
Check out our Events Calendar to find out what’s on the 31st December.
Read our guide to Christmas in the Algarve to find the best markets, fun and things to do 

Below is a round up of New Year’s Eve 2019 concerts and parties in the Algarve.
These New Year’s Eve parties are all free entry. Bring your own champagne to drink at midnight, along with 12 raisins, as Portuguese tradition dictates. They say you should make a wish as you eat each raisin with the 12 chimes of midnight.
New Year’s Eve in Albufeira – Carpe Nox!
This is the big one. Albufeira is known to be a party town during the summer and they put on a pretty good show for New Year’s Eve too. This year, for New Year’s Eve 2019, there is a mega 50m stage set up, to host live performances by Amor Electro and The Black Mamba. But that’s not all. There will be a super pyrotechnic, aerial acrobatic, lighting and fireworks extravaganza that promises to be stunning. As usual the main action is at Praia dos Pescadores, central Albufeira.
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For some of the best views of the action, and a different way to celebrate the arrival of the new year, hop aboard the AlgarExperience late night cruise on 31st December, from 10pm to 1am, that will dock off Praia dos Pescadores and give you an oceanside view of the Carpe Nox fireworks and acrobatics.
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Visiting Albufeira? check our our complete guide to Albufeira.

New Year’s Eve in Portimão
There are four nights of free concerts in Portimão to see out 2019. The stage is set by the riverside and the music starts at 10pm each night. On the 31st, there is live music by Dança Balança followed by DJ sessions and a fabulous fireworks display at midnight. In fact, there are fireworks in Portimão, also in Praia da Rocha and at Alvor. Get to a high spot and you can see at 3 three fireworks shows at once!
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New Year’s Eve in Lagos
Headlining the New Year’s Eve concert in Lagos is Anselmo Ralph who will be onstage from around 10pm. After the fireworks at midnight, DJ Valex keeps the party going until the early hours.
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New Year’s Eve in Quarteira
The seafront in Quarteira regularly hosts fabulous concerts and New Year’s Eve is no different. Portuguese star Aurea takes the stage at around 10:30pm, with a pyromusical show at midnight and followed by DJ sessions until late.
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New Year's Eve in Carvoeiro
Famous for it's mega Black & White Night party that kicks off the summer fun, Carvoeiro will host a New Year's Eve in 2019. With the stage set right by the beach, the setting is perfect. There will be live music by two bands and fireworks at midnight, followed by DJ sessions to keep the party going.
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New Year's Eve in Alcoutim
Welcome a new year and new decade on the banks of the majestic Guadiana river. A pretty town, Alcoutim is right on the border with Spain (where the new year arrives an hour earlier....). On New Year's Eve in Alcoutim there will be live music by Energie, from 22:00h followed by a mega fireworks display.

From early December through to early January there is plenty of Christmas entertainment with markets, ice rinks, Santa’s grotto and family fun to be enjoyed. Here’s our roundup of whats on this Christmas and New Year in the Algarve.

New Year’s Eve in Portugal is for everyone to enjoy. It is often an evening spent initially with family and then with friends. Generations of families head out together to watch the fireworks. After midnight, when champagne has been drunk and fireworks enjoyed, some people head home while more revellers head to all night parties. The 1st January is a national holiday in Portugal. However many restaurants and bars are open for lazy lunches and restorative pick-me-ups. While there are no guarantees with the weather, it is not unusual to start the new year with warm sunshine.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

Alvor Beach, New Years Day 2018