By Laura KreiderNovember 28, 2018
VICENZA, Italy (November 28, 2018) -- It's time for the Christmas markets in Italy! Get out and about this weekend to discover one or two for yourself.
MERCATINI DI NATALE
I Giardini di Natale
Through Jan. 6, in Piazza Carli and Piazza Risorgimento; open Dec. 1-2-7-8-9-14-15-16, and daily from Dec. 21-Jan. 6. Dec. 7-9, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Dec. 14 and 21, 3-7 p.m.; Dec. 22-Jan. 6, daily 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Dec. 25, opens at 3:30 p.m. Wooden booths feature a large variety of Christmas items and gift ideas; food booths with local specialties and vin brulè (mulled wine).
BASSANO DEL GRAPPA
Mercatino di Natale
Through Dec. 26, in Piazza Garibaldi, daily, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Piazza Libertà. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, and Saturdays, 2:30-7:30 p.m.
Typical little huts offer traditional seasonal gifts (handmade wooden, glass and ceramic products along with Christmas tree decorations, delicious seasonal pastries and original gifts), plenty of food specialties available plus vin brulè (mulled wine).
Villaggio di Natale Flover
Flover Christmas Village
Through Jan. 6, in Via Pastrengo 16, daily 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; closed Dec. 25, Jan. 1; the Christmas Village is approximately 7,000-square-meter covered area visited every year by more than 300,000 visitors.
Santa Claus and his elves wait to play and receive a letter from children. Entrance fee: €2 on weekends and Italian holidays; free on weekdays.
Natale sotto le mura
Christmas under the walls
Through Jan. 6, downtown near the castle walls, Dec. 1-2-8-9-15-16-22-23-24-26-29-30; Jan. 5-6, 10 a.m.- 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 7-21, Jan. 1 open from 2-7:30 p.m.; Dec. 31 open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; closed Dec. 25.
Traditional seasonal gifts, toys, food specialties, chestnuts, torrone (nougat) and vin brulè (mulled wine).
CASTELLO DI GODEGO (Treviso)
Dec. 9, in Piazza XI Febbraio, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Local product exhibit and sale; local specialties, chocolate and vin brulè (mulled wine). Christmas train rides; entertainment for children who can give their letters and have a picture taken with Santa Claus.
Dec. 1-Jan. 13, in Jesolo, Piazza Mazzini, Via Trentin and Piazza Aurora. Christmas Village, Mondays-Fridays, 2-8 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., More than 70 wooden stands with Christmas gift ideas and holiday specialties. In the area it is also possible to enjoy ice skating and to take the Winter Train every weekend, which stops at the Chocolate Town, Sand Nativity and Piazza Brescia.
Presepe di Sabbia
Dec. 2-Feb. 10, 2019, in Piazza Marconi. A huge sand nativity sculptured by the best sand artists in the world. Free entrance, donations accepted.
Mondays through Fridays 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2:30-7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.; from Dec. 23 through Jan. 6, 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 1-Jan. 6, in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II and Lungolago Marconi, Dec. 1-2-7-8-9-15-16-22-23-24 and daily Dec. 26-Jan. 6, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; closes at 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 2, 9 and 16. About 100 booths feature traditional handicrafts and local products. Horse-drawn carriage tours with Santa Claus and workshops for children.
LEVICO TERME (Trento)
Through Jan. 6. On Dec. 1, Dec. 2, Dec. 7-8, Dec. 9, Dec. 14, Dec. 15, Dec. 16, Dec. 21-24; Dec. 26-Jan. 6, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; on Dec. 1, 8 and 15 closes at 10:30 p.m. with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
About 60 booths feature traditional handicrafts and local products. It is also possible to taste local specialties like cheese and polenta.
Through Jan. 6, in Padova downtown, 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; in Piazza Capitaniato from Dec. 7 -Jan. 6 booths featuring handicrafts, street artists and live music; in Piazza Sartori Dec. 8-Jan. 6 Village of Elves and Fairies with ice skating, local food specialties and hot chocolate; in Via Umberto, until Dec. 16, wooden booths with regional food specialties.
Mercatino di Norimberga
Nuremberg Christmas market
Through Dec. 26, in Piazza dei Signori, Cortile Mercato Vecchio, Via della Costa, Piazza Indipendenza, Lungadige San Giorgio, Ponte di Castelvecchio and Piazza San Zeno; Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, and holidays' eve: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Closed Dec. 24 at 5 p.m., Dec. 25 open at 4 p.m. More than 300 booths feature holiday sweets, gift ideas, toys and the traditional carousel; the square is lit by a huge steel comet star sculpture surging from the Arena into Piazza Brà.
35⁰ Presepi dal Mondo in Palazzo Gran Guardia
35th International Nativity Sets Exhibit
Through Jan. 20, at the Palazzo Gran Guardia; open daily 9 a.m.-8 p.m. More than 400 nativity sets from all over the world, designed by craftsmen and artists; shows of lights and music. Entrance fee: €7; reduced €6 for children aged 6-12 and senior citizens older than 65. Tickets available at Arcovolo 14 in Arena.
Mercatino di Natale
Dec. 7 - Jan. 6, in Corso Fogazzaro. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; wooden booths feature holiday sweets, gift ideas, toys and holiday decorations, wooden toys, books and food specialties. Dec. 21-24, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (except Dec. 24, open until 7 p.m.), some of the weekly market vendors will be in Piazza Signori, Biade, Palladio, Contrà Pescherie Vecchie and Contrà Garibaldi, selling specifically holiday items, including toys, sweets and decorations. Jan. 4-6, Epiphany Fair will take place in Vicenza downtown.
Trentino & Alto Adige
Mercatino di Natale
Through Jan. 6, in Bolzano, Piazza Walther; open daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Jan. 1, 2018, noon-7 p.m.; Dec. 25, closed. More than 80 stallholders in typical little huts offer traditional seasonal gifts (handmade wooden, glass and ceramic products along with Christmas tree decorations, delicious seasonal pastries and original gifts), plenty of food specialties available plus vin brulè (mulled wine); daily, horse-drawn carriage tours; pony and carnival rides starting in Piazza Walther. During weekends before Christmas, concerts downtown and in Piazza Walther.
Through Jan. 6, in Bressanone, Piazza Duomo, about 154 miles north of Vicenza; Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sundays and Italian holidays, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.;
Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Dec. 25, closed; Jan 1, noon-7 p.m. Jan. 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.;
Food booths; live music, horse-drawn carriage tours; exhibits; carnival rides and ice skating rink.
On Dec. 5, Santa Claus special appearance in Piazza Duomo.
Through Jan. 6, in Merano, Piazza Terme, Piazza della Rena, surrounding downtown streets and along the Passirio River. Sundays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, and Italian holidays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Dec. 31, 10 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.; Jan. 1, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Jan 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Dec. 25, closed. Tyrolean-style wooden booths sell typical products including wool items, food specialties, speck and cheese and strudel. Workshops for children in the little house Goldy, ice rink in Piazza Terme; horse rides and entertainment.
Through Dec. 24. Daily, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., in Piazza Erbe, Piazza Malfatti and Via Roma. This year, a special section feature artistic nativity scenes from Naples; local and international craft exhibit and sale; food booths featuring holiday specialties. Workshops for children in the Casetta di Natale, Little Christmas house.
Through Jan. 6, 25th edition in Piazza Fiera and Piazza Cesare Battisti, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; closed Dec. 25; Dec. 26 and Jan. 1, noon-7:30 p.m.
More than 90 booths with local craft exhibit for gifts, and food booths featuring specialties like strudel, zelten and vin brulè. Also, a special train to visit downtown and the Home of Santa Claus.
Mercatino di Natale e Villaggio
Christmas Market and Tyrolean Village
Through Dec. 26, in Arezzo, Piazza Grande. Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2, open 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Dec. 6, 2-8 p.m.; Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Dec. 13, 2-8 p.m.; Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Dec. 20, 2-8 p.m.; Dec. 21, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Dec. 22, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Dec. 23, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Dec. 25, 3-9 p.m.; Dec. 26, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Italian, German and Austrian products and gift ideas.
Paese di Babbo Natale
Santa Claus Town
Through Jan. 6, in Parco Acqua Santa and downtown; Christmas Market hours: on Fridays Dec. 7-14-21-28; Jan. 4, 3-8 p.m.; on Saturdays and Sundays Dec. 1-2-8-9-15-16-22-23-29-30; Jan. 5-6, 9:30 am.-8 p.m.; Dec. 24 and 26, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Dec.25, 3:30-8 p.m.; Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 1, 3-8 p.m.
Christmas market, bounce houses, workshops and entertainment for children. Entrance fee for the Paese di Babbo Natale area: adults €13; children €6.
In Piazza Italia, ice-skating rink (€7 per hour, €5 half an hour); in Piazza Matteotti, Nativity Scene created with life-size statues.
German Christmas market
Through Dec. 20, in Piazza Santa Croce, daily, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free entrance.
More than 50 wooden booths with craft exhibit for gifts, with vendors coming from France, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands and Poland, and food booths featuring German specialties like brezen, worsts, chestnuts and gluhwein.
Dec. 13-23, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., in Piazza Cavour. Christmas market, daily 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and entertainment for children with holiday workshops and Santa Claus with his elves.
La Fabbrica di Babbo Natale
Santa Claus Workshop
Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 7-8-9, 8th edition of this event in the historical area of Lucca, in Via dei Bacchettoni 8, Casa del Boia; 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Through Jan. 6. On Dec. 1-2-7-8-9-14-15-16, Dec. 21-22-23-24; from Dec. 26 Jan. 6, 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Dec. 25, afternoon. Visit the Christmas market in Piazza Grande, Via San Donato and surrounding streets; 80 wooden booths with local products and crafts, ceramics, leather and Christmas decorations; street food and the renowned red wine, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
Near the Piazza Grande, in the park of Fortezza medievale, games, workshops, and entertainment for children. In the garden of the castle, horse rides and ice-skating rink.
PALAZZUOLO SUL SENIO (Florence)
Dec. 8 - 9, and 15 -16, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., in Piazza IV Novembre. Food booths featuring vin brulè (hot spiced wine), polenta, tortellini with chestnuts, and many more local specialties; Santa Claus hut where children can deliver their requests for presents. Live music throughout the streets, street artists and entertainment for children.
La Fabbrica di Babbo Natale
Santa Claus Workshop
Dec. 1-2, and 8-9, 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Arsenali Repubblicani, Via Bonanno Pisano. Visit the magic world of Santa Claus with workshops for children who will make their own creations, face painting and fun activities.