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Christmas markets in and around the city centre

Posted on 24 November 2021 From Bologna Welcome

Christmas is coming to Bologna! In the streets of the city centre and in the outlying villages, the heart-warming and exciting Christmas atmosphere is beginning to take hold. This spirit and desire to celebrate is primarily linked to the traditional markets that fill the city's squares and streets every year with Christmas trees, decorations and figurines, not to mention mulled wine and many other typical products.

A visit to the city' s oldest market, the Santa Lucia Fair, located under one of its most beautiful and distinctive porticoes - recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site , is an absolute must. Until 26 December, the manifold stalls and wooden kiosks along the arcades of Strada Maggiore will be offering the widest range of original crib figures, as well as everything else needed for a merry, colourful and memorable Christmas.

Moving towards the centre we find the French Christmas Village in Piazza Minghetti. Christmas here is all about fragrances and flavours, to be savoured with typical regional French products, from cheeses to sweets over real specialities served warm at the kiosk, possibly accompanied by a good mulled wine. Plus, a wide range of items of clothing and handicrafts strictly from beyond the Alps will be on display.


While we're on the subject of Bologna's classic markets, a special mention must be made of the Christmas Fair in Via Altabella. Costume jewellery, sweets, gift ideas and much more for Christmas shopping are awaiting just a few steps from Piazza Maggiore, next to St. Peter's Cathedral. 

Moreover, under the Voltone del Podestà, from 13 to 24 December, the stalls of the traditional Antiques Fair will be displaying unique vintage items.

As you walk down Via Indipendenza towards the railway station, you will find Decomelart on the left, not necessarily a Christmas market, but still open every day at this time of year, offering plenty of ideas for gifts. Here, street craftsmanship leads the way, with handbags, costume jewellery, artistic creations and articles of clothing made out of sustainable and original raw materials.

In Piazza XX Settembre, from 26 November until the Epiphany, Christmas in Porta Galliera will be welcoming all guests arriving or departing from the nearby train and bus stations with a warm and magical atmosphere. 

Just outside the city centre, in the local Borgo Mameli, you will find the Vintage Trip Christmas Market, where vintage markets with clothing, creative handicrafts, used vinyls and much more are held every weekend.

FICO is also home to the Christmas craft markets (4-5/8/11-12/18-19 December). Strolling through the 15 hectares of the Park, those in search of gift ideas to put under the tree will surely find inspiration among the precious handicraft objects on display in the various stands: handmade bags, colourful lamps, unique jewellery, fabrics, belts, wallets, small Christmas trees and much more....


Out-of-town Christmas markets and villages

Even the territory of Bologna is experiencing great excitement about Christmas-related initiatives, even including some real Christmas villages equipped with everything you might need to properly prepare for the festivities: illuminations of countless colours and lengths, ornaments, trees, decorations, sweets and even a Santa ready to welcome and entertain the little ones. All this can be enjoyed at Corte dei Fiori in Casalecchio and Sinflora in Anzola Emilia . On the other hand, the town of Castenaso combines lucullan food markets with a proper ice skating rink.

Every year, the territory of Imola, and more particularly the town of Castel San Pietro, are lit up and animated by the Castèlanadèl festival, consisting of markets, bright illuminations and various events. In addition, taste and artistic-creative markets are held every Sunday in December until 19 December.

Moreover, Christmas stalls will be open in the streets of Imola every weekend in December, culminating in Natale Zero Pare from 25 December, a real Christmas village with music, food stands, attractions and workshops for children.

In the Apennines, December weekends are normally spent under the banner of the markets in Porretta and Monteacuto delle Alpi, while "Al Nadel 'd Zola", in Zola Predosa, with lots of creative stalls and typical products, will be held on 11 and 12 December. The town of Loiano, on the other hand, is ready to welcome visitors with markets, Santas and many other initiatives from the 12th to the 19th, with further events for adults and children. 

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