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Christmas markets in and out the city centre

Posted on 25 October 2022 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. From November 11 to 26 December 2022, 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, from November 25 to December 24 everyday 9am-8pm, 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, from November 18, 2022 to January 8, 2023. 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 12 to 24 December 2022, the stalls of the traditional Antiques Fair will be displaying unique vintage items.

In Piazza XX Settembre, from 24 November 2022 to 10 January 2023, 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. 

And also, are you looking for a Christmas tree or mistletoe for your home? Visit Piazza Trento and Trieste Market from December 6 to 24 2022, inside the nearest public garden, and get yours!


Just outside the city centre, discover the ice rink and Christmas village set up at FICO Eataly World from 17 November 2022 to 8 January 2023. Put on your skates, sip mulled wine and experience the pleasure of winter!


Bologna during Epiphany?

Family, children and adults will enjoy the Epiphany Fair in via Indipendenza, via Rizzoli, via Ugo Bassi in Bologna city centre from 2 to 8 January 2023 and get a lot of sweets and candies!

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