New edition of the display organised by the local Pro Loco and held in the Monumental Square. In the Podestà Palace, exhibition of nativities coming from different parts of the world, with settings created by Massimo Lorini.

Some Nativity Scenes belong to the private collection of Prof. Lorini and his wife, others have been sent from very far away to show as many representations of the nativity as possible. The delicate skill of craftsmen, better, artists, from many different countries is a homage to the birth of Christ, a practical translation of the poetry of Christmas. Some exhibits will be particularly appreciated by children… of all ages.

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Daniele Silvestri in concerto

New Year’s Eve will be cheered by the singer-songwriter Daniele Silvestri in concert, who will be accompanied onstage by: Piero Monterisi drums, Gianluca Misiti and Duilio Galioto keyboards, Gabriele Lazzarotti bass, Sebastiano De Gennaro percussions and vibraphone, Daniele Fiaschi guitars and Marco Santoro bassoon, trumpet and choruses.

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The burning of Befanas at the stake lights up the countryside around San Matteo della Decima (10 kilometres from San Giovanni in Persiceto) at sunset.

About 10-meter high straw puppets representing the “Vècia” (Befana in Bologna dialect) burn around the town in front of a crowd crying “A brùsa la Vècia” (Burn the Befana)!

According to tradition, children dressed-up as “fcén” (old men) used to go from house to house to offer gifts and recite “zirudelle” (rhyming poems in Bologna dialect) in exchange for a small culinary consideration.

The initiative is made possible thanks to a group of private citizens that hosts the fires on their properties.

The origins of the Befana, a kindly old woman who visits all the children throughout Italy the night before the Feast of Epiphany to fill their stockings with candies as well as presents, is closely linked with pagan folk traditions: The “Vècia” represents the “old” year because, once it has come to an end, it will be burnt. But right at the moment when the year ends, it is ready to be born again. That’s why people usually say “Epiphany takes all the feasts away”: after 6 January, farmers used to start sowing again in the hopes of a good harvest.

From this point of view, presents used to be of propitiatory value for the year to come.

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Natale a Comacchio

Music, markets and entertainment in the city centre, waiting for the magical atmosphere of Christmas Eve.

Christmas time in Comacchio will be full of events and activities: guided tours of the museums and around the centre, music, excursion to the Oases of the Po Delta Park, and much more.

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Specialized fair dedicated to children, aged three and over.

Children can wander around in a fairytale world with inflatables of every kind with every type of slide such as Toboggan, Pagliaccio, Saltarin Palme, Spiderman, Run Slide and Grillo.

Another area will be dedicated to learning games: wooden toys, board and creative games; please also do not miss the petting zoo with animals that help children learn while having fun.

For very small children there will be a Soft Play area with a mini slide, plastic houses and various games, including an inflatable obstacle course.

There will also be a market and exchange for toys and recycled children’s products and creative workshops.

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During the Christmas period Gatteo has organized a series of events dedicated to children and adults, too.

Children can enjoy comic entertainment, puppet shows and workshops to create Christmas decorations. Even adults will have events dedicated to them: classical music concerts, a walk around the town discovering nativities and the party for the occasion of the lighting of the Christmas tree and the great party of January 1st.

So there will be fun for everyone!

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At Christmas time, the boats of the floating section of the Maritime Museum, in the splendid setting of the Leonardo Canal Port, become the stage of the Marine Nativy Scene. The nativity scene was created in 1986 and is the work of the artists Tinin Mantegazza, Maurizio Bertoni and Mino Savadori, from an original idea of Guerrino Gardini.

The first statue sculpted was S. Giacomo, patron saint of Cesenatico, after that many others have joined over the years. These are not only traditional statues but characters inspired by the lives of ordinary people in a fishing village: fishermen, carpenters, puppeteers, fishmongers, a woman with the piadina (flat bread), children and musicians. Together with the Holy Family and the traditional shepherds, we can see someone who is mending his nets, leading the boats or selling fish; without neglecting particulars such as the presence of a group of dolphins looking out of the water with curiosity.

The statues are life-size: faces, hands, feet and all exposed parts are etched in pine wood; the clothes are made of cloth stiffened by the brushwork of hot wax on wooden structures which have been strengthened through a metal frame molded to the desired shape. The result is a very effective scene, made more suggestive by the lights of the boats reflected on the water.

Each year a new statue is added to the scene. From the 7 figures of the first edition in 1986, today the sculptural heritage includes fifty statues. The artists Bertoni and Savadori have been carrying out the project of equipping each boat with a skipper and a crew.

The figures are thought of as elements of a performance, that can be admired from the banks of the Leonardo Canal Port just like an audience. The atmosphere becomes magic at nightfall because thousands of lights give life to the figures.

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During the Christmas season, the neo-mediaeval village of Grazzano Visconti is transformed; Christmas decorations give the village a special atmosphere.

On weekends and holidays from mid November, December and early January you will be able to stroll along the streets with over 60 market stalls of artistic and craft products as well as look in the shops, where you will find objects in wrought iron, perfumes, soap, sweets, honey, unusual decorations and plenty of gift ideas.

The full programme of events for the holidays in December and up until 6 January includes some special moments besides the Christmas Markets themselves: such as Santa’s home, complete with a post office and toy room, and the Christmas Circus.

And, in addition, exhibitions, roasted chestnuts and goodies to eat in the village, and much more.

Also this year there will be Santa’s Walk on Sunday 16th December.

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Christmas is coming and also its traditions. In Piazza Saffi, to the delight of young and old, like every year, the Christmas market where fans can find sweet, crunchy and sugary treats for their sweet tooth, tree decorations, nativity scenes, and many gift ideas is back.

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Rimini, with over a month of celebrations, boasts the longest New Year’s celebration in the world, the only Italian billboard that is not just a night’s party, but it’s much more: a kaleidoscope of music, art, shows, DJs sets and concerts that, from December to Epiphany, transform the city and its cultural sites into an open-air stage, culminating with the party on December 31st.

It will be the unmistakable voice of Filippo Neviani, known as Nek, with his 25 years of successes, 19 platinum records and 10 million records sold worldwide, the protagonist of the live concert on December 31st in Piazzale Fellini. A musical journey that will lead the public towards the new year through the great successes of this great interpreter of the Italian songwriting.

At the stroke of midnight, the great fireworks show on the sea and then the party continues in the places and squares of the historic center. Special guest Marco Rissa (from Thegiornalisti) and an original dance floor in Piazza Cavour with Anna Pettinelli, together with the Dj’s of “RDS 100% grandi successi”, Fabrizio D’Alessio and Ricky Battini.

To follow, Dj Lappa, already resident DJ at the Velvet Club in Rimini. After a pit stop in Berlin, today Lappa composes his music and announces his farewell as DJ in his Rimini where, on December 31st, he will make the audience of Piazza Cavour dance with his last DJ set.

The program also includes photographic portraits at the Castle, electronic and Latin sounds at the “Complesso degli Agostiniani”, and a thousand and one parties in the places and squares of the historic center.

Extraordinary opening of the new Galli Theater with guided tours, from 5.00 pm until late at night.

Sunday, December 30th, an extraordinary New Year’s Eve preview with Daddy G., founding member of Massive Attack, in one of his legendary DJ sets.

Among the events not to be missed during the month, from 7 to 9 December the Matrioska Lab Store, which puts on the party dress and moves into a new home: the Palazzo del Podestà and the Sala dell’Arengo.

Do not miss the appointments with music, prose and dance: this year the billboard of the world’s longest New Year meets the inaugural program of the Galli Theater, full of events of the highest level. It embraces various genres, including the great lyric opera that will make its new entrance to the theater thanks to the ‘Simon Boccanegra’ by Giuseppe Verdi, conducted by Valerij Gergiev on December 10th and 11th and with the traditional Opera of the New Year, ‘Carmen’ by the lyric choir Amintore Galli.

In addition, during all the holidays the suggestions of Christmas propose Christmas villages and markets, Nativity scenes and ice-skating rinks both in the historic center and at the beach.

From December 1st until Epiphany Piazza Cavour becomes ‘L’Opera di Natale’, a widespread coordinated exhibition that includes the exclusive sets that celebrate the reopening of the Galli theater by the creation of an open-air foyer animated by events and music in Piazza Cavour. The flower Christmas market designed by Giardini d’Autore, transforms Castel Sismondo into a fairytale castle. The Isotta Wing will also host the Christmas Market by Pacha Mama and an exhibition of unique and original Nativity scenes made by immigrant communities. Finally the Christmas market in Belle Epoque style in via Poletti, the ice-skating rink and the French carousel in Piazza Malatesta.

In addition to the widespread Christmas events in the historic center, the beach offer the traditional sand Nativity scenes and the Rimini Beach Christmas village animating the beach (from number 20 to 28), the beach promenade (Lungomare Tintori) and Viale Vespucci with games, fun fair, flea markets, entertainment for adults and children and the house of Santa Claus.

For those who want to glide on the ice a few steps from the sea they can visit the Ice Village (Lungomare Tintori 11), with its 700 square meters of ice rink for adults and children. In Torre Pedrera, at the beach 65, other splendid sand sculptures will remain open to the public until Sunday 13 January.

A very rich billboard that counts over 150 events not to be missed.

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