Re: shops/supermarket closing times on Christmas Eve. Restaurants open on Christmas Day
It is difficult to be specific but almost all shops close at around 6 or 7pm on Christmas Eve and are of course closed on Christmas Day.
If your friends will be hiring a car, I suggest that as soon as they leave the airport they head into Faro and about a mile down that road there is a large Pingo Doce eupermarket and opposite, in the Forum Algarve, is a Jumbo hypermarket. For the latter go round the roundabout and follow the signs to the underground parking area.
That way they can stock up at least for a couple of days until the Lagos shops are open again on the 26th.
If on the 24th they wait until they get to Lagos, they could well find everything already closed.
Sorry I cannot help with the restaurant question.
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