Traditional nativity scenes, Christmas markets, historic shops anc concerts will be the main attractions! On December 21st there will be the Confeugo ceremony, which recalls an ancient tradition, and many other events until New Year’s Eve.
The celebrations will start oh December 8th: for the Immaculate Conception, citizens and tourists will crowd Piazza De Ferrari to attend the ceremony for the lighting of the Christmas Tree.
This year we will have a double ceremony, because the event will go on in Cetosa where the murals of the “On the Wall” project will be decorated with Christmas lights too.
In Piazza De Ferrari at 4.30 pm the entertainment will begin with the Santo Stefano d’Aveto band. During the afternoon it will be possible to taste products of the Enoteca Regionale Ligure and from the Val D’Aveto: you will have the chance to taste for free typical Ligurian sweets made with Misto Chiavari hazelnuts and fruit juices. From 3 pm in via San Vincenzo you will find a string orchestra d’archi and an itinerant show in the Quadrilatero area by the Circumnavigando with the collaboration of the Municipality of Genoa and the Chamber of Commerce.
At 5.30 pm the Mayor Marco Bucci and the President of Regione Liguria Giovanni Toti with the President of the Val D’Aveto Park Michele Focacci and the CEO of Iren Massimiliano Bianco, will turn on the lights of the Christmas Tree from the stairs of Palazzo Ducale.
From that moment on Piazza De Ferrari will turn into a magic light game to celebrate Christmas in Genoa, where sea and gifts meet in a unique atmosphere. The palace of Regione Liguria will be transformed in Santa Claus, he will explain why his job is so different in Genoa.
Iren gave an important contribution to the realization of the light scenograhy.
The celebration will then continue in Valpolcevera: the authorities will take the subway to reach the Certosa district. The President Giovanni Toti and the Mayor Sindaco Marco Bucci will be accompanied through the tour of the murals of the street art prohject “On the wall”, which will be decorated with Christmas lights. The Rivarolo band will perform and the della Conte choir will sing Christmas song and there will be focaccia too!
At 6 pm the Nativity scene of the Sala della Trasparenza of Regione Liguria will be inaugurated. This year the small statues come from the Santuario di Nostra Signora del Monte: the sculptor might be Pasquale Navone (1746 –1791), one of the heirs of Anton Maria maragliano. It will be open to the public from 10 am to 6 pm until January 31st, 2020.
On December 9th the Christmas magic will arrive even in Sampierdarena, at 8 pm the Christmas lights will be turned on on the other tree donated by the Val D’Aveto Park. The inauguration will take place in largo Gozzano. The authorities will be present.
After the ceremony the Mayor Marco Bucci and the President Giovanni Toti will attend the concert Una notte all’Opera at the Teatro Modena, offered by the Teatro Carlo Felice. From 7 pm the district will be animated by the Filarmonica Pegliese Mario Chiusamenti.
Many companies collaborated to the Christmas entertainment of the city. Among them – other than Iren – there are Esselunga, Madi Ventura S.p.A, Basko and Coop.