We are nearing the Christmas season and, following the tradition, there are plenty of colourful markets to explore, even outside the city centre.
Many are the appointments to follow in search of small gifts, decorations and statues to complete your nativity scene or Christmas setting at home. There is plenty of choice for a trip out of town, without giving up on a good glass of mulled wine or a taste of typical products from the food stands, surrounded by the wonderful landscape of the Apennines, the villages of the plains or of the outskirts of Imola.
Here described are the main events in the Bologna area:
16th November - 8th December MONTEACUTO DELLE ALPI (LIZZANO IN B.) Every Saturday, Sunday and during the holidays in the Rectory of San Nicolò. Saturday from 2 pm to 6 pm, Sunday and holidays from 10 am to 6 pm.
16th November - 26th December CASALECCHIO DI RENO An immersion in the Christmas atmosphere with stands of decorative items and hand-made gifts, food and wine stands with specialties of the Christmas season. 9 am - 8 pm The concert by the Vignonincanto choir will take place on 14th December.
30th November - 1st December ARGELATO - Christmas Village at Villa Beatrice The creative market of talent and creativity opens its doors in the wonderful setting of Villa Beatrice (via degli Aceri 12).
30th November and 1st, 7-8th, 14-15th, and 21st-22nd, 24th December IMOLA Art in the city centre, organised by Pro loco, will be set up in the City Centre Gallery and part of Via Emilia: a place to find plenty of gifts. From 9.30 am to 7 pm.
30th November - 6th January PORRETTA (ALTO RENO T.) - Village of the Christmas markets The centre of Porretta is filled with the magic atmosphere of Christmas thanks to the traditional markets. Many initiatives revolve around the Christmas village: the turning on of the lights (8th December), the arrival of Santa Claus, concerts, choirs and food stands every Saturday and Sunday.
1st December MARANO (GAGGIO MONTANO) Christmas markets in the wooden houses along the streets of the town, stands of typical products, nativity scenes and music.
1st-8th-15th-22nd December CASTELLO D'ARGILE Street markets with mulled wine, mulled apple, sweets and sale of handmade Christmas decorations and fair trade panettone cakes.
7th-8th December CALDERINO (MONTE SAN PIETRO) Christmas market in p.za della Pace with children's entertainment, Santa's corner, and throwing of balloons with letters to Santa Claus. Hot chocolate, mulled wine and street food to tease the palate. 10 am - 6 pm
7-8th December ZOLA PREDOSA - Al Nadel d’ Zola (Christmas in Zola) Christmas market in the wonderful setting of Villa Edvige Garagnani. Stands with gastronomy and entertainment. From 10 am to 7.30 pm, free entrance
7th December - 6th January VIDICIATICO (LIZZANO) The village of Santa Claus is set up in the old piazza of Vidiciatico. The children will have the chance to meet Santa and his elves on the afternoon of 7th December. Typical food stands will be set up.
8th December LIVERGNANO (PIANORO) The traditional Christmas Market at the Civic Centre of via Nazionale 2015 will be open starting from 10 am. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the A.G.E.O.P. (Pediatric Hematology Oncology Parents Association) non-profit Research.
8th and 22nd December SAVIGNO (VALSAMOGGIA) On 8th December, the traditional market of antiques and talent is coloured by the Christmas tones and frames the turning on of the lights of the Christmas tree. On 22nd December there will be the Santa Claus Village with an extraordinary market, art and talent market, shops that will be open and adorned with lively festive decorations and entertainment for adults and children.
14th December PIANORO Starting from 3 pm along the arcades of via dello Sport markets of creative artists will brighten your day, accompanied by tasty sausages and mulled wine offered by the local merchants.
15th December BAZZANO (VALSAMOGGIA) St. Lucia market in the streets of the town, with gastronomy and music.
15th December CRESPELLANO (VALSAMOGGIA) "Natalissimo" is the Christmas market in the streets of the city centre with songs and poems on the nativity, entertainment for children and food stands.
15th December SASSO MARCONI - Christmas Roads
Refreshment points and food stands are set up along the streets of the centre with lots of delicacies for the palate and typical local products, stalls, entertainment with Santa Claus and in the afternoon performance of the AcCanto al Sasso choir.
21st December RASTIGNANO (PIANORO) The Christmas market is organised along the arcades of Rastignano with stalls of local shops in collaboration with Ascom. From 10 am to 6 pm.
22nd December CASTEL GUELFO - Christmas colours and flavours Shows and entertainment, gastronomy, markets, arrival of Santa Claus.
25th-31st December IMOLA - Natale Zero Pare The most alternative Christmas village existing, which offers music, gastronomy, attractions and workshops for children. In viale Rivalta 12.