Napoli is a great city to visit during the Christmas holidays. Of course, it's good to visit anytime of the year, but in December there's an amazing vibe. If you are going, or thinking about going to Naples in December, here is all the info on what's going on in the city in December. If not, well, maybe now's a good time to plan a trip for next year!
You can feel Christmas in every corner of the city, from San Gregorio Armeno to the promenade. This year more than ever is going to be stunning. First of all, there are going to be many activities from the 8th December, the official date for the opening of the season.
This year the main attraction is the giant 'N'albero, a Christmas tree formed of three terraces and more than 30 metres tall, situated at the Rotonda Diaz by the promenade. In the bottom section which is free to enter, there are art galleries, shops, restaurants, a bistro and an american bar, where it is possible to taste any kind of food, from the traditional neapolitan to sushi. At the top section there is the breathtaking panoramic terrace overlooking the bay of Naples. There is an admission fee for the top section which has not been confirmed, but will be around €8 and will be open from 10 in the morning until 10 at night. It will be accessible by lifts. During the weekdays it will be possible to attend yoga classes, live music sessions and other various events and will be visible from all the gulf and the islands. It will be open from December 8th everyday until February 8th.
Not only the promenade is going to shine but also the old town (centro storico). Here, on December 10th there is going to be "The Night of Art", which In Italian is Notte d'Arte - 2016 NutriMenti, culture e cibo nella storia dei popoli, which literally means 'feed the mind' and will be a series of cultural and gastronomical activities of every aspect of the neapolitan tradition and history and will take place in all the squares, shops, museums, churches and cloister gardens all night long. Particularly interesting are the non-stop concerts at the church of San Pietro a Majella.
Do you need another reason to visit Napoli?. Well, I will give you another one; all these activities in the Notte d'Arte will be free and I bet, very busy. But that's the beauty of Napoli: every experience is best only when you are sharing the joyful moment with other neapolitans and visitors.
There will be Christmas decorations at the entrance of the train station in Piazza Garibaldi where there will be an exhibit of the first presepe completely in ice. It will be on display from December 6th until January 8th and will be absolutely unique in all the world. The ice presepe has been carved from 20 tonnes of ice.
There will be also be a tour around the secrets and mysteries of Naples, looking for ghosts and legends in the heart of Napoli. Tickets for the tour are €8 (€5 reduced, free for kids under 12 years old) and will start at the church of Santa Maria la Nova.
Loads of things to do then!. I hope you will enjoy your Christmas in Napoli and come back very soon!