Cabeça Christmas Village: genuine celebration in Seia (Portugal)

Cabeça Aldeia Natal (Seia).
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2024-01-25

Are you thinking of taking a trip to Cabeça Christmas Village in Seia this year? Then take note that in 2023, the village of Cabeça will dress up to welcome visitors between December 8, 2023, and January 1, 2024, and the official program is already known.

You’ve probably heard about the genuine nature of this festival and the crowds that head to this lesser-known area of the Serra da Estrela, in Portugal.

The small village of Cabeça, belonging to the municipality of Seia, almost goes unnoticed on the mountain for the rest of the year, but that’s not always the case.

While the landscapes are beautiful all year round, it’s during Christmas that the approximately 170 inhabitants of Cabeça get to work to decorate the village.

And what fairy hands they have! The uniqueness of this event is that the Christmas decorations adorning the streets and squares of the village are made using waste from the mountains, that is, reusing materials.

Branches, pine cones, LED lights, rough and worked logs decorate and bring life to every corner of the village. There’s no doubt that Cabeça Aldeia Natal deserves your visit!

So take note: in 2023, the Christmas Market of the Village of Cabeça will take place between December 8 and January 1, 2024.

Cabeça Christmas Village: What To Expect

Cabeça Aldeia Natal.
Cabeça Christmas Village.

It’s a pleasure to stroll through the village from end to end because every corner is tastefully decorated, showcasing the locals’ keen creativity.

For those who think that a million-dollar budget is needed to organize a beautiful, original, and talk-of-the-town festival, they must have never been to Cabeça.

Here, much is made from little, and ingenious and eco-friendly Christmas decorations are constructed from simple branches and pieces of wood.

Moreover, as if adorning the village for visitors weren’t enough, in Cabeça, it’s not uncommon for doors to open for visitors to peek inside the houses.

On the dining room tables, unique decorations rest, shimmering with oranges and glasses alongside candlesticks with vivid red candles.

And if you’re thinking of having a snack there, then know that in garages and small courtyards, tables and chairs are set up, serving mountain delicacies like cheeses, sausages, bread, and good wine.

Concerts, workshops, and hands-on activities at Christmas Village

Baloiço em Cabeça (Aldeia Natal).
Swing in Cabeça (Christmas Village).

Every year there’s something new in Cabeça, which is why we love to come back so much.

At first, it was the unique decoration, then came the LED lights, the Christmas Village Market, the concerts, workshops, and so much more to see.

The program for Cabeça Christmas Village this year is super complete. In fact, with so many activities and so interesting, the difficult part is choosing when to go.

How to get to Cabeça Christmas Village

We traveled from Porto, and the route we chose was as follows: We headed south on the A1 until the IP3 towards Viseu.

We continued to the Nelas exit and then proceeded on the N231 towards Seia. A few kilometers ahead, we saw the signs for Cabeça.

Festivities Program 2023

Every day at 5:30 PM, they turn on the Christmas Lights.

DECEMBER 8, 2023

2:00 PM: Opening of the Christmas Village

2:30 PM: Dry Felting Workshop Hanna Buyarska

3:30 PM: Harmonies in Advent Concert Suzana, Marcelo, and Danny

DECEMBER 9, 2023

10:30 AM: Ebike Tour Cabeça | Barriosa | Cabeça

3:00 PM: Distillation of Essential Oils

3:30 PM: Circular Christmas Workshop: From Trash to Gift, Saxophonist Concert Daniel Abrantes

DECEMBER 10, 2023

3:00 PM: Street Entertainment

4:00 PM: Crochet and Yarns of Stories with the Grandmothers of the Village

DECEMBER 16, 2023

2:15 PM: Traditional Wooden Toy Workshop Carlos Pinto

2:30 PM: Embroidery Workshop Anita’s Creations

3:00 PM: Christmas from Other Times: Stories from the Grandmothers of the Village

4:00 PM: Theater Workshop TAFA

4:30 PM: Christmas Concert

DECEMBER 17, 2023

3:30 PM: Saxophonist Concert Daniel Abrantes

4:00 PM: Zero Waste Village Workshop

DECEMBER 23, 2023

10:00 AM: Walk on the Ribeira de Loriga Route

2:30 PM: Children’s Session Ratinhos do Serapitel

3:00 PM: Sustainable Decoration Workshop

4:00 PM: Workshop

4:30 PM: Traditional Wooden Toy Workshop

DECEMBER 24, 2023

3:30 PM: Street Entertainment

6:30 PM: Christmas Bonfire Tradition in the Village

DECEMBER 25, 2023

4:00 PM: Christmas Essence Concert

DECEMBER 27, 2023

11:00 AM: Interpretative Walk of CISE Terraced Route

3:30 PM: Guided Visit to the Village Mill

DECEMBER 28, 2023

3:30 PM: Storytelling Session Seia Municipal Library

4:30 PM: Workshop in the Community Oven of the Village

DECEMBER 29, 2023

2:30 PM: Workshop

3:30 PM: Traditional Wooden Toy Workshop

DECEMBER 30, 2023

2:30 PM: Sustainable Decoration Workshop and Dry Felting Workshop.

3:30 PM: Samba Circle

4:30 PM: Traditional Wooden Toy Workshop

DECEMBER 31, 2023

3:30 PM: Street Entertainment

10:00 PM: Traditional New Year’s Eve in the Village

JANUARY 1, 2024

3:30 PM: Street Entertainment

Accommodation in Cabeça, Seia

Hotel O Vicente (Loriga).
Hotel O Vicente (Loriga).


For an even more special experience, if you have the opportunity, consider staying at least one night in the village of Cabeça.

Abrigo do Outeiro is a holiday home with two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, free Wi-Fi, and it’s located in the center of the village, making it the perfect location for those who want to fully experience village life.

Not far away, you have Casa do Azereiro (1.8 km) and Cantinho Casal do Rei (1.8 km), both of which are very interesting alternatives for an overnight stay.

In our case, we chose the family-friendly hotel O Vicente in Loriga, and I must say we enjoyed the experience.

However, if none of these options appeal to you, check the availability of other accommodations using this link:

Accommodation near Cabeça, Seia.

It’s advisable to book accommodation as soon as possible, as many people head towards this Mountain Village.

What to Visit in Serra da Estrela

Finally, if you have time, what do you think about visiting other incredible places in Serra da Estrela?

We took the opportunity to visit Aldeia das Dez, but Piódão, Foz D’Égua, and Chãs de Égua are not far from Cabeça, in Seia.

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