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Christmas markets

Christmas markets

The magic of Christmas can be felt on the streets and in the squares of the towns and cities of art in Emilia Romagna, where there will be many colorful markets set up for this holiday. From gift ideas to curious objects, from crafts to typical local foods, there will be many opportunities to go shopping or enjoy entertaining events.

The ice skating rinks

The ice skating rinks

Fun is guaranteed at the ice skating rinks.  From the Christmas Square and the Ice Village in Rimini to the longest rink in Europe in Riccione, from the Santa Claus Village in Cesenatico to the one in the centrally located Piazza Garibaldi in Cervia, here are the best places to show off your astonishing pirouettes.

Art exhibitions

Art exhibitions

From the calendar of events, worth mentioning in Modena is “Contemporary Photography from Northwestern Europe”; in Bologna “Egypt. Millennium of Splendor”; in Forlì “Steve Mc Curry. Icons and Women” and in Ferrara the exhibition dedicated to De Chirico “Metaphysics and avant-garde”.

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Amarcort Film Festival

This international festival of short films will be shown on the screens of  Teatro degli Atti and the cinemas in Rimini.  There are four competitive sections, “Amarcort”, “Gradisca”, “Rex”, and “Fulgor”, and many special guests as well as conferences and special focus groups.  December 1-6.

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This market exhibition in Modena dedicated to Christmas will host its traditional three sections Gift Ideas, Creativity, and Food and Wine together with the Santa Claus Festival.  Dedicated to visitors of every age, there will also be many labs and workshops to try out. December 5-8.

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Parma Jazz Frontiere

“Twenty migrants” is the title of the 20th edition of this festival in Parma which will host many great artists including Oregon, Django Batesʼ Belovèd, and Mark Turner.  But there will also be young artists from the prestigious Academies of Göteborg, Oslo, Copenhagen and Stavanger.  Until December 10.

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The Golden Crackling

For the occasion of the 16th edition, this traditional fair of Campagnola Emilia (Re) will be even bigger.  There will be 150 pork butchers that will face off in the making of the best cracklings.  The heart of this event will be the making of the Super Guinness Crackling, the biggest in the world.  December 13.

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Markets filled with delicacies and traditional crafts held in the historic downtowns offer a great opportunity to dig through the stands and find unusual gifts with which to fill your pockets.

What to do

Up and down the slopes Up and down the slopes

The ski season already cut the ribbon on the new season on November 28, opening the ski resorts of Cimone ahead of schedule. The other openings are scheduled for the long weekend of the Immaculate Conception holiday (December 8). Discover all the latest news from the 15 ski resorts in Emilia Romagna.

Follow the comet Follow the comet

Nativity scenes inspired by the sea, mechanized scenes, live Nativities, Nativities in grottos, traditional Neapolitan ones, or traditional scenes in the cities of art: the Nativity scenes will take you on a wonderful journey, from Piacenza to Rimini, illuminated by the comet. Here is a preview.


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