Christmas atmosphere in Italy, local markets and Krampus show

Christmas atmosphere in Italy, local markets and Krampus show

The most magical time of the year is coming, it’s Christmas time!

During the Christmas period, there is a whole different atmosphere full of traditions, lights, smells and tastes.


As time goes by, Christmas has lost its original meaning. Today, more than a religious celebration, it is just a period for exchanging presents. However, there are some areas in Italy where the true religious meaning of Christmas is still felt among the population. It could not be otherwise in Rome, where a spectacular Nativity scene will decorate Saint Peter’s Square from December to January.


In Italy, in particular in the north of the country, the tradition of Christmas markets is more alive than ever. Walking throughout the local markets it is possible to find typical products of the region prepared especially for the occasion and for the Christmas period. In addition, you can find also some markets that sell Christmas’ items like tree balls, statues for the nativity scene, lights and decorations. Everything contributes the magic and typical Christmas atmosphere! From the end of November to the epiphany the historical squares of Bolzano, Merano, Bressanone, Vipiteno and Brunico, in Trentino Alto Adige Area, are illuminated to host the most famous Christmas markets of Italy where the markets will be full of local products and valuable craftsmanship. They are renamed “five star route” that allows you to visit similar markets and their long history. Indeed this is an ancient tradition; just think that the markets in Bolzano was born in 1990.

But, in Italy you will not find only Christmas markets. Trentino Alto Adige and Friuli Venezia Giulia area are both famous for a particular Christmas event that is funny but at the same time disturbing. In Austria and other German-speaking countries, includes German-speaking Italian territories, December 5 is Krampusnacht, that means the night when Krampus create chaos roaming around the city with bells, chains, wooden sticks and whips. Legend says that during ancient periods of famine, young boys of mountain villages terrorized the inhabitants of the neighbouring villages in order to rob their stocks. Since they were dressed up as strange animals, they were unrecognizable. But one day, they realized that among them there was also the devil himself who joined the young boys group due to his real aspect. Saint Nicholas managed do defeat the devil and forced him to become his servant. For this reason, the figure of Krampus are closely connected with Christian religion. Moreover, December 6 is Saint Nicholas’ Day. During traditional Krampus event, Saint Nicholas hands out sweets to all the people of the village and tries to calm Krampus’ rage. When the sun goes down, Saint Nicholas leaves the procession and the Krampus remain uncontrolled. They leave the procession only very late at night. Maybe the famous Italian Christmas quote “During Christmas time we are all better” comes from this funny tradition: try to be better to avoid being overwhelmed by Krampus’ wrath.



So during Christmas period different villages in Trenino Alto Adige and Friuli Venezia Giulia area are characterized by traditional processions: adults of all ages disguise themselves as monsters and they parade throughout the street of the town doing chaos around. These “monsters” run and scream everywhere wielding bells and bracers, creating columns of fire that light up the night. They can run like crazy but they also cross the town with motorcycles and wagons that are created specifically for the parade. Usually the most common custom is that of the devil with masks, horns and dark colours, especially red and black. People also wear horn and items like whips or bells to frighten the spectators. 

In spite of everything, the real Christmas message is one of peace and hope. It may be that the image of Saint Nicholas handing out candies takes its inspiration from the desire of peace that comes with Christmas time.

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Christmas in Rome

Christmas in Rome

Christmas in Rome


Best events scheduled during Christmas and New Year Festivities



From November 242018 to January 10, 2019Via dei Condotti turns on the “CARTOON CHRISTMAS LIGHTS”, the Christmas light decorations inspired by the most loved cartoon characters on Cartoon Network and Boomerang TV channels.

Tom & JerryTweety and Sylvester J. Pussycat Sr.Ben 10The Powerpuff GirlThe Amazing World of GumballThe Happos Family and Scooby-Doo are the protagonists of a sparkling and innovative illuminationthat reinterprets the classic chandeliers with the characters of the show, transforming the famous luxury shopping street in a playful walk with a glittering combination of elegance and modernity.


Like every Christmas, from December 7, 2018 to January 13, 2019, in the evocative 100presepiinvaticanosetting of Sala San Pio X, Via della Conciliazione, Vatican City will host the traditional international exhibition “100 Presepi”.

This year, the festival will exhibit Nativity Scenes from Italy and from all over the worldmade by artists and artisanscollectorsamateursprimary and secondary school students, representatives of cultural associations involved in social activities, state and local Institutions, national and foreign museums.


From December 7th, 2018 until January 13th, 2019Saint Peter’s Square lights up with the splendid red fir tree donated by Friuli Venezia Giulia, according to THE tradition in memory of the Nativity of the Messiah, together with the representation of the nativity scene at the foot of the Vatican obelisk.


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In all shapes, in different flavors, milk, dark, white, spicy, with ginger or berries, rich in pistachio or hazelnuts, fresh tasting with pears or citrus fruits, this extraordinary food will be the protagonist of the “Chocolate Festival” on December 8th and 9th at Parco Egeria.

Craftsmen of taste and workshops, in particular from the areas of Perugia and Modica, will present their chocolate sweets, combined with a delicious selection of panettonepandoropangiallinougatpanpepato and brittleshazelnutsalmonds and roast chestnuts.

A big party in the name of happiness, family and, of course, sweetness!


Sunday, December 9th will be the right occasion for foodlovers to experience the sparkling Christmas atmosphere at the “Pandorino Christmas Festival”, the event dedicated to Christmas sweet specialities at Circolo degli Illuminati.

Panettonepandorino festPastry chefs, from the Alps to Sicily, will present their exquisite artisanal productions, for an extraordinary showcase of traditional Christmas sweets, such as panettone, nougat, pandoro, panpepato, struffoli and cantucci.

The event will also be an opportunity to look around the colorful market, while women can find out how to take care of themselves in a natural way with the dedicated corner “Introduction to Natural Cosmetics”. The lively Christmas essence will involve children with the Puppeteer and his amusing little theater and four workshops.
Sweets, concerts, exhibitions, entertainment, gifts and lots of curiosities, to spend a Sunday in a real, warm and friendly Christmas spirit!


From December 1st, 2018 until January 6th, 2019

casina nataleAs soon as you enter the Magic Portal, the Park turns into a magical and fairy scenery.
Kids and adults will enjoy the new Christmas attractions as the ecological ice rinkthe exciting electric gokartthe adrenaline-filled Top Speedthe Tomboluna, the post office to write letters to Santa Clausthe big Christmas treethe nice, little marzipan man Pepe and much more like workshopssweets and typical Christmas products! For the most romantic, not to be missed the appointment under the largest sphere of mistletoe in the city, to kiss and post the photo on Instagram, tagging @luneurpark, using the hashtag #fortunabacio and win many exceptional prizes!

One of the most entertaining Christmas experiences in the city, with free admission for everyone!



Fairy tales will be the protagonists of the extraordinary, colorful and sparkling show Disney on Ice “The Enchanted Tales”, on stage from December 6th to 9th at Palalottomatica.

The fantastic Disney adventures characters will perform, singing and dancing on ice with an energetic and exciting choreography!

Spectators can join this enchanted world and meet Sebastianthe daughters of King Triton from “The Little Mermaid” and sing with ArielAnna and Elsa from “Frozen, know the friendly brigands of the tavern and the lively Rapunzel with her charming friend Flynn Rider, the bewitched servants and the Beauty and the Beast, that will guide the audience in their fairy castle on the ice.


From December 21st to 31st, 2018 – Auditorium Parco della Musica

roma gospel festivalThe Roma Gospel Festival, one of the most important international festivals, will take place at the Auditorium Parco della Musica.
The best gospel and spiritual groups from the United States will perform on stage, proposing the most up-to-date choices of a musical genre full of joyful devoutness and highly appreciated all over the world.

The Festival, directed by Mario Ciampà, is a fixture at the Auditorium Parco della Musica and an unmissable event for all lovers of this exciting and spiritual musical expression.




From December 26th to December 30th, 2018

Nicola Piovani will perform in the great Auditorium Parco della Musica with Music is dangerous”, a musical story narrated by instruments.
Piano, keyboards, double bass, percussions, saxophone, clarinet, guitar, cello, accordion will act on stage like real actors.
Freewheeling, alternating theatrical unpublished pieces and rearrangements of some of the most famous songs, Nicola Piovani tells the audience his varied artistic path that has led him to eclectically range from cinema to theater, from concert music to songs , collaborating with big names like De AndréFelliniBenigniMagni and with international directors and artists.


“I always gave my best everytime I lost my balance”.

allevi630x473Giovanni Allevi, one of the most beloved contemporary composers by music lovers in the world, returns on stage on Christmas Eve along with 13 selected strings from the Italian Symphony Orchestra.

On December 26th 2018 the Sala Santa Cecilia of the Auditorium Parco della Musica will be the setting of a concert by the brilliant artist who performs the role of pianist, composer and conductor, thrilling the audience with his extraordinary sound, shaped by the incredible magnetism and childlike lightness.

The genius of the “Contemporary Classic”, with a “rock” and unconventional soul but at the same time academic and rigorous musician, will perform alternating the best known melodies of his long career to his new charming productions.



The exciting notes of Mario Biondi will sound in the prestigious setting of the Auditorium Parco della Musica on December 27th, accompanied by an exceptional super band, composed of QuintorigoFederico MalamanMassimo Greco and Tosh Peterson.

Black voice, Sicilian heart, Mario Biondi is an international and multicultural artist, whose voice and stage intensity let the audience experience an immersion in a fusion of sounds for a truly unmissable concert.


From January 7th to 9th, 2019

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The talented corps de ballet will perform the fairy tale “The Nutcracker”, a ballet in two acts filled with a magical and festive atmosphere that mixes love, dreams and fantasy, still fascinating the audience of all ages and nationalities.

The enchanted scenic design and the story, so intensely and wonderfully represented, transport the public into another world and into another time, making them be part of a fairytale with a happy ending, made of sweets and biscuits, soldiers, prince and fairy, Magic, Christmas tree, snowflakes and dancing flowers, for a multicoloured, merry and melodious Christmas dream.


Art, spirituality and beauty are the themes of the current exhibition on view , from pilgrimag_630x473November 20TH 2018 to February 16th 2019 at the majestic Braccio di Carlo Magno, the space connecting Saint Peter’s Basilica to the Bernini colonnade.
An extraordinary selection from the Russian National Galleries that sent to the Vatican State 54 amazing masterpiecesVisitors can admire great Russian paintings of over six centuries and experience the cultural and spiritual message of Russian art in the heart of the Western Christian world.

For further information on the events
Contact Centre 060608 every day from 9.00 to 19.00