December 2019

Art Exhibition – Giuseppe De Nittis

Palazzo dei Diamanti.
Corso Ercole I d’Este, 21.
1st December – 13th April 2020.
Open every day: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. including 8t, 25th, 26th December, 1st & 6th January, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.
Special opening times: 31st December until 11.30 p.m. 4thJanuary, 14th February, 11th & 12th April until 10.30 p.m.
Tickets: €13 adults, €11 6 – 18 yrs., over 65s, university students) free for children under the age of 6. (The ticket office always closes half an hour before closing time)

Il Paese di Babbo Natale – Father Christmas’s Village

Piazza Municipale
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays (except for 25th & 31st December) 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. 
Father Christmas’s Village is open in Piazza Municipale. All the events are free and take place at 3 p.m. unless stated otherwise.
Set Programme: Sunday 1st December

    • Games and entertainment with elves and Father Christmas

Saturday 7th December

  • Arts and crafts workshop with the elves
  • 5 p.m. – Christmas carols

Sunday 8th December 

  • 4 p.m.  Magic show performed by the clown ‘Pagliacci del Cuore’

Saturday 14th December

  • Christmas theatre performance by a local theatre group

Sunday 15th December 

  • Arts and Crafts workshop
  • ‘Pomeriggio di letture’ – afternoon story time

Saturday 21st December

  • Father Christmas meets the children at 3.30 p.m.
  • At 5 p.m.  ‘Heart of Italy Pipe band’ concert (Scottish music theme)

Sunday 22nd December

  • Arts and crafts workshop

Tuesday 24th December

  • Children can write any last minute letters for Father Christmas with the elves

From 28th December – 6th January 2020 Befana arrives in Father Christmas’s village.

Saturday 28th December

  • Christmas rock music

Sunday 29th December

  • Arts & crafts workshop

Saturday 4th January at 4 p.m.

  • Children can draw and ‘sew’ Befana’s dress

Sunday 5th January

  • Arts & crafts workshop

Monday 6th January at 4 p.m.

  • Dancing and entertainment in the piazza until the arrival of Befana at 5.30 p.m.  A bonfire will be lit at 6 p.m. in Piazza Trento e Trieste.

Logo testaperariaTestaperaria Book shop

Via de Romei, 19

Wednesday 4th December at 5 p.m.

Story Time – ‘La Tua Casa’ by Raffaele Maltoni (Narrated with music). Suitable for children aged 2 – 6; Please book: 0532 202823

Creare con le Foglie (series of workshops)

Tuesday 3rd December at 5 p.m. Leaf Rubbing. Suitable for 4 +; Cost: €5. Duration: 1 hour. Please book: 0532 202823

‘Storie da Toccare’ (series of workshops)

Friday 13th December at 5 p.m.

Io, come mi vedo? – What do I look like?  

Sewing different faces to make pages of a cloth book. Suitable for 5+. Cost: €8. Duration 2 hours. Please book: 0532 202823

Il Piccolo Leo Da Vinci (series of workshops)

Friday 6th December at 5 p.m. Leo the engineer – making a wooden robot. Suitable for 5+. Cost: €12. Duration: 2 hours. Please book: 0532 202823

Events at Palazzo Marfisa

Palazzina Marfisa d’Este, Corso Giovecca, 170

1st December at 10 a.m.

Speciale Mostra 800/900

This event encourages children to discover more about life in the 1800s and 1900s whilst learning about local Ferrarese artists. With the help of a fun activity book and an opportunity to see these paintings, which are displayed in Palazza Marfisa, Palazzo Bonacossi and Casa Romei, both children and parents will enjoy a morning of art and history.

Cost: €6 children and €2 adults who must accompany their child. Duration: 1 ½ hours. Suitable for children aged 5 – 12. Please book: 328 4909350 or email:

1st December at 4 p.m.


This is a workshop for younger children who will explore colours and paint!

Suitable for children aged 3 – 6. Please book: 328 4909350 or email:

8th December at 4 p.m.

Just Like Indiana Jones!

Dig for artefacts, make maps and record results.

Suitable for children aged 6 – 12. Please book: 328 4909350 or email: ferraraå

22nd December at 4 p.m.

Nella terra di Babbo Natale – In the land of Father Christmas

Would you like to know the real story of Father Christmas? Come to the museum and find out. Make Christmas decorations get ready for this special celebration.

Suitable for children aged 6 – 12. Please book: 328 4909350 or email: ferraraå

Teatro Nuovo

Piazza Trento Trieste, 52
Ticket office (inside the theatre)
Tuesday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. It is also possible to buy tickets an hour before each show
7th December – 5.30 p.m. & 9 p.m.
A Christmas Carol – musical
13th December at 9 p.m.
Tribute to Queen – concert
14th December at 6.30 p.m.
Cinderella – musical
19th December at 9 p.m.
Every Praise & Virginia Union Gospel Choir
20th December at 9 p.m.
Cartoon theme tunes – concert
26th December at 9 p.m.
The Nutcracker – ballet
31st December at 8.30 p.m.
Makkeroni tutto l’anno – variety show
7th January at 9.m.
Sleeping Beauty – ballet

Theatre for Children 

Sala Boldini
Via Gaetano Previati, 18
Tickets can be bought on the day, at the entrance to the theatre and cost 6 euros.
Sunday 1st December, at 3.30 p.m. – ‘Legno, Diavolo e Vecchiette’
Suitable for children aged 5 +
Sunday 15th December, at 3.30 p.m. – Chi Ha Paura di Denti di Ferro?
Suitable for children aged 3 +

Winter Wonderland 

Via della Fiera, 11 Ferrara Fiere e congressi 
21st & 22nd December: 3 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.
25th December: 3 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.
26th December – 30th December 10.30 a.m. – 8.30 p.m.
31st December: 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.
11th & 12th January,
1st – 6th, 11th, 12th, 18th & 19th January 10.30 a.m. – 8.30 p.m.
If you are fed up with the cold weather and are not sure what to do with the children, why not visit this enormous indoor theme park? There are craft workshops for children, a visit from Father Christmas and Befana, the old lady who brings sweets to children in Italy, will arrive in January. There is even a winter circus, a puppet theatre with daily performances and much, much more!
Look out for tickets with discounts on admission and rides. You can often find these at Ipercoop or other shopping centres. You can also visit the website, download your own tickets and read more about the events taking place each day:

Nativity Scene on the Castle’s moat

24th December 2019, 10 p.m. Watch baby Jesus as he is taken by boat around the Castle’s moat and placed in his crib.

Nativity Scenes from around the World

Estense Castle, Alfonso’s Room
Opening ceremony 23rd December at 10.30 a.m.
24th December – 6th January 2020
9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. / 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Closed on 25th December
1st January open from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The Castle is holding a special exhibition of nativity scenes from all over the world collected by Ada Vecchi Simani. There are over one thousand nativity scenes in this impressive collection.
Admission is free

Piccoli Ceramisti al Lavoro

1st December at 3 p.m.
Museo Archeologico Nazionale Via XX Settembre, 124
A ceramic workshop for children who will create vases using clay and traditional techniques.
Cost: €3.50 adults, €5 children Suitable for children aged 7+ (who must be accompanied by an adult) Please book: 342 0158800