Christmas Tales in Liguria


Liguria is hosting fantastic Christmas celebrations and New Year’s Eve events. Take your family on a Christmas adventure this December and discover the authentic traditions and the real essence of the region.

Here are the top events in Liguria you should not miss:

Manarola’s nativity scene

The famous 10,000 lights nativity scene is back in Manarola for another year. In the hearth of Liguria’s Cinque Terre, Manarola hosts a unique nativity scene created by Mario Andreoli, a former railway worker that crafted each of the 300 statues that make up the nativity scene with its 10,000 lights. Located on the road connecting La Spezia to the Cinque Terre, Manarola’s nativity scene is the most photographed nativity scene in Liguria with its life-size figures of the shepherds, the Three Kings, the ox, the donkey and the Holy Family.

Sanremo’s celebrations
The city of Sanremo, also known as the capital of the Western Riviera, hosts a great variety of Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations. Piazza Colombo, in the city centre is the setting of the main Christmas market, with its magical stands.

Among the different events and celebrations, Ariston Theatre hosted ‘La Notte del Gospel’ (Gospel’s night) on December 21st, an amazing show with a 35-member choir from Chicago.

On the 31st of December, in the town square, children and adults will enjoy the “Children’s New Year’s Eve” event inside the Santa Claus village and The Casino will celebrate the new year with a sophisticated dinner and the lively entertainment of the Italian showman, Umberto Smaila.

Christmas by the sea in Rapallo
Rapallo is set to host plenty of Christmas events for both children and adults until the 8th of January – a Christmas village, creative workshops, conferences, music shows and attractions, to name a few. The reconstruction of Santa’s house in the ancient castle by the sea is the main attraction of the city, thanks to its extraordinary location and original setup. Local craftsmen recreated the inside of the house where children can meet Santa, sit on his throne and give him their Christmas letters. Finally, on New Year’s Eve, visitors and locals will welcome 2017 with a traditional party by the sea with music and live entertainment.

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Notes to Editors:
Situated in north west Italy, Liguria is otherwise known as the Italian Riviera. The long and narrow coastal region is well known for its capital Genoa, the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Cinque Terre villages and for being the home of pesto. Liguria boasts the perfect blend between authencity and a relaxed pace of life and is renowned for its incredible beaches, beautifully preserved medieval villages, stunning mountains and unique cuisine.

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