Buy local and get your gifts wrapped in these charming customised Porto. shopping bags!

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Filipa Brito

Just a few days for Christmas and we all feel that urge to really buy the gift we still need to offer our best friends, our brother or sister, or even to our loved one. So, take time, Sunday morning, and the days still left to Christmas and stroll around downtown Porto, where local shops and traditional trade offer the thing you are looking for, with added bonus – the registered stores offer a direct discount of 2 euros per each 20-euros buy. Shops have a label indicating that they have adhered to this municipal initiative. And the unique presents you will gift are wrapped in a charming customised recycled Porto. shopping bag.

This campaign was launched by Porto City Hall to help boost local retailers and traditional trade during this festive season, amid the ongoing pandemic.

In addition, this huge Christmas campaign also adds the parking exemption fees in the city, per 120 minutes, in the four municipal parks: Trindade, Silo Auto, Duque de Loulé and Alfândega, which is granted upon presentation of the tickets handed out by the local merchants. Tickets can be used between 8th December and 8th January, up to the limit of 10.000 units.

Also bear in mind that the 3rd edition of the Mercado de Natal do Porto is ongoing, at Praça da Batalha. The initiative is organised by the Mercado da Alegria and it runs between 10am and 1pm, where local crafts showcase the best in gastronomy, fashion, toys, smokehouse meat, pottery and much more.

Besides, the Mercado Temporário do Bolhão is promoting a contest on social media, where clients are eligible to win a Xmas kit by buying the fresh products at the market, and highlight the moment with a photograph on social media. The contest in on until 23rd December.

It’s Xmas season, the time of year for Xmas shopping!