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Christmas in Umbria

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Umbria is a fantastic place to visit, explore and experience our wine growing at any time of year. Yet there’s just something magical about the region at Christmas. Whether you want to spend the festive period here or explore in December to take some treats back for loved ones, you should definitely experience Christmas celebrations in Umbria.

There’s always something going on right through the month of December, and often into January too. Whether you’re coming as a group, couple or family, you’ll find something interesting to do or see. There are great Christmas markets, nativity scenes and cribs, illuminations, children’s activities, food, wine (of course!), concerts and more!

There are probably too many markets to mention, but one of our favourites is the Tradzioni in Piazza in the town of Spoleto. Translated as ‘Traditions in the Square’, this market features a range of exhibitors offering Christmas gifts and produce from all over Italy. There’s arts and crafts, food and wine tastings, and live entertainment in the Piazza Garibaldi and Piazza della Liberta in the run up to Christmas.

Another market to look at would be Mercatino del Presepe e del regalo d’arte (the market of the crib and the artistic gifts) in Corciano, as it combines both a market and the nativity. Head here for the best Italian nativity scenes in art form, Christmas tales and legends, artistic object and Umbrian artistic gifts and books.

Christmas concerts are more of a one-off event, though each town usually holds its own concert. They are usually held rather close to Christmas, with a few taking place on Boxing Day. Head to Perugia, Umbertide, Assisi, Gubbio, Masciano, Terni, Montecastello Vibio, Narni or Amelia for your best bet at seeing a great Christmas concert.

You’ll find that most streets throughout Umbria are filled with lights and decorations to celebrate the festive period, but there are 2 particular illuminations it’s worthwhile going to see. Check out the Albero di Natale di Gubbio, famed as boasting the biggest Christmas tree in the world (it even appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records), and the Stella Di Miranda in Terni, which is considered the world’s largest man-made Christmas star. The latter is set on the hill of ancient town Miranda, and is formed using over 100 lamps!

If that’s settled your decision on visiting Umbria this December but you’ve found yourself with not much time to save, then why not visit a top bingo site or play the lottery and see if you could win your way here for free. We look forward to welcoming you!