December 2016

Christmas in Ferrara

Christmas Village: Piazza Trento Trieste. The Christmas Village is here until 8th January 2017
Ice Skating Rink: Piazza Verdi 10 am – 1 pm, 2.30 pm – 7.30 pm, 8.30 pm – 11.30 pm
From Monday to Friday – you can choose which time slot and skate until you drop! On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays – there is a time limit of one hour.
Decathlon Ice Park: Piazza XXIV Maggio 3rd – 15th December
Novelty this year in Piazza XXIV Maggio with a 70 metre ski slope and an iceskating rink for children accompanied by adults! There is also a refreshment area, a market and an exhibition area with all of the latest ski and sports equipment. There is an opening ceremony on Friday 2nd December at 6 pm when the Christmas tree will be lit up.
The ski slope and ice rink are open every day with 1 hour time slots:
10 am – 1 pm, 2 pm – 6 pm Snow Tubing
6 pm – 8 pm, 9 pm – 11 pm Downhill Skiing
10 am – 1 pm, 2 pm – 6 pm, 9 pm – 11 pm Ice skating rink
The Dancing Fountains – Water & Fire Show: 10th December, 6 pm & 7.30 pm Piazza Castello
It claims to be one of the biggest water and fire shows in the world and it should be even more impressive this year as it is taking place next to the castle. The show lasts about forty minutes and there will be a repeat performance starting at 7.30 pm.
The Children’s Village: 17th & 18th December
This is a whole weekend dedicated to families and children. Lots of games, events and entertainment will be taking place around the castle and in Piazza Trento Trieste. (No times are given, so we are guessing that it is an all-day event although the afternoons are generally when most things happen.)
Christmas Eve Concert: Piazza Castello 24th December, 4 pm
A fantastic concert with jazz, swing, pop and traditional music.
Ferrara’s Floating Nativity Scene: Around the castle’s moat 24th December, at 10 pm
Baby Jesus will be taken by boat and placed in the manger on the floating nativity scene.

Celebrating New Year’s Eve at the Castle

31st December
Come and celebrate the arrival of the New Year with an amazing firework display at the Estense Castle. Just be careful of people who bring their own fireworks to the piazza after the official celebration.

Winter Wonderland

Ferrara Fiera Congressi (behind Mercatone Uno), 10 am 24th, 25th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st December, 2nd, 3rd, 4th January open all day 26th Dec., 1st, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd January open afternoons only
This enormous indoor fair returns to Ferrara on Christmas Eve. As well as lots of fairground rides there are also theatre workshops, face-painting, Circus Time and workshops each day for children who want to learn how to juggle, or be a clown or acrobat. You can even give your letter to Father Christmas himself on 24th December!
The admission fee (4 euros) includes all the shows, workshops and events which take place at the fair but the fairground rides are not included in this price. However, It is possible to buy a special day bracelet (“Bracciali Giornalieri”) on-line which helps reduce costs and children who are under the height of 90cm entry is

Christmas in Comacchio

This tiny fishing town really has become a bustling place of exciting events and Christmas this year is no exception. As well as looking pretty in the evenings lit up with Christmas lights, Comacchio hosts a series of Christmas displays and events for all the family to enjoy.
Theatre Perfomance 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th & 17th December
Palazzo Bellini, at 9 pm
The local theatre group Al Batal presents “In Squerie”, a comedy in two acts which looks back at life in this old fishing village in the sixties and seventies. It may be a little tricky as it is in dialect!
Supereroi a mattoncini – Superheroes built out of bricks Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th December
Manifattura dei Marinati, 10 am – 6.30 pm
A superhero Lego exhibition
Gospel Concert Thursday 22nd December
San Giuseppe – Church hall at 4 pm
Lido degli Estensi, Chiesa di San Paolo at 5 pm
Porto Garibaldi, Chiesa parrochiale at 6 pm
Comacchio, Sala Polivalente di Palazzo Bellini at 9 pm
Floating Nativity Scene with music, dancing and light display
Comacchio, Trepponti, from 6 pm onwards
Christmas Celebrations
Monday 26th December
Porto Garibaldi, Portocanale, from 10 am – 7 pm
Christmas market, theatre and street performances for all the family, hot chocolate and Christmas sweets for everyone.