For all December Genoa lights up for celebrating Christmas! From the 7th of December to Epiphany a month rich in events awaits you: enjoy the joyful atmosphere of the Christmas period!
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AND DECORATIONS
In several streets and squares from 7 to 9 December, there will be Christmas decorations, like the reindeer sleigh in Piazza Caricamento and the beautiful nativity in Piazza San Lorenzo. In Piazza Sarzano, Campetto, Luccoli, Garibaldi street, Via XX Settembre, Borgo Incrociati, piazza Raggi, Boccadasse, the promenade in Pegli and Promenade Anita Garibaldi in Nervi, people can take pictures with big bright angels.
Sunday, the 9th December from 5:30pm to 7:30pm there will be a show for the lighting of the reindeer sleigh in Piazza Caricamento.
Christmas comes early in Genoa!
From 15th to 24th December at Piazza De Ferrari start the traditional “Mercatale”: a large Christmas Fair around the fountain symbol of the city center, in an atmosphere of sparkling lights and decorations.
The fair, with the characteristic wooden houses that evoke a real village of Santa Claus, will be open every day with the opportunity to enjoy the magic of parties with typical products of the Ligurian tradition food and quality craftsmanship.
From 1st to 24th December at Piazza Matteotti there will be the typical Christmas market. On thursdays 13th, 20th and 27th "Mercatino Campagna Amica". From December 27th to January 6th there will be the big fair for the Epiphany. On Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th there will be "Sapori al Ducale".
At Galleria Mazzini from 1st to 24th December there will be the traditional "Book Fair".
In the Historic Center from 8th to 24th December is possible to visit the little market of craftsmanship.
In Piazza Sarzano from 6 to 23th December there will be the typical St. Nicola's Fair.
The traditional Christmas Fair is located in Piazza della Vittoria until 24th December.
From early December and for all Christmas holidays, many events in the streets and squares of the city, by the CIV (Integrated Centers of Via).
Markets, Christmas trees, music, dance, shows, entertainment for children, food and wine, exhibitions, and many other initiatives, color the streets of the city with the colors of tradition.
Here the program: CIV at Christmas (ITA)
MUSIC AT THE CHURCH
From 1st December to 9th January there will be in a lot of genoeses churches a lot of Christmas concerts.
Concerts are free and will take place 1st, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 29th December and 3rd January.
Here the program: Concerts at the church (ITA)
"CHRISTMAS IN THE WEST" ON GENOA'S DOCKS
From the 24th of December starts the Christmas Fair for the festival "Christmas in the west": on the docks of "Marina" of Genoa, there will be an exhibition with animation, kid shows, concert and traditional menu.
A lot of events up to 31 December.
THE FERRIS WHEEL
This year also from the 10th of November the Porto Antico hosts the great Ferris wheel for the whole winter from which to enjoy the most beautiful view of the city. The location is once again the large square of Calata Gadda, at the bottom of the Magazzini del Cotone.
Saturday 10 November from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm there will be 200 lucky people who will participate for free at the inaugural round of the wheel. An opportunity not to be missed to be the first to enjoy the ever new view of Genoa from above and share it on their favorite social networks.
10 CHRISTMAS TREES IN THE CITY
The upcoming Christmas holidays will be enlivened this year by the presence of 10 Christmas trees in the city squares and a long tunnel of light (200 feet). In addition to the traditional tree in Piazza De Ferrari, this year there will also be a fir tree in the Certosa neighborhood, as a sign of closeness to the citizens affected by the tragedy of the Morandi bridge. The lighting of these two trees and of the tunnel of light, which starts the Christmas holidays, is scheduled for Saturday, December 8th, at 5:30pm in Piazza De Ferrari and at 6:35pm in Brin. There will be a jumbotron in each square to follow the proceedings.
The other 8 trees will be decorated in the Genoese Municipalities.
CHRISTMAS AT CARLO FELICE BETWEEN PLAYS AND CONCERT
The Carlo Felice theater celebrate the coming of Christmas with major plays and big concert.
From 2nd to 16th December, AIDA, Giuseppe Verdi.
On Friday 7th at 8:30pm there will be the Christmas Concert with Andrea Battistoni, Francess & Sonic Factory.
On Friday 14th at 8:30pm there will be the concert of Igudesman&Joo, Happy Carol.
From 20th to 23rd December, “The Nutcracker Suite” with Yuri Grigorovich.
From 14 to 23 December, Natalidea returns to the Blue Pavilion at the Genoa Fair. A special edition with initiatives in favor of traders and artisans in the areas most affected by the collapse of the Morandi bridge.
THE TIME OF NATIVITIES
Not only lights, shows and music: Genoa is also deeply linked to its oldest traditions, such as that of nativity scenes. Until the end of February the time of the cribs of all kinds, from historical-artistic to live nativity scenes, as well as concerts of sacred, classical, baroque and traditional music, thematic itineraries, tours and guided tours, Christmas markets and many other initiatives.
This year there will be a lot of live nativity scenes in squares, streets, and on the "Navebus": the taxy service that connect Porto Antico area with the Pegli Harbor.
LUNAPARK WINTER EDITION
On Saturday, December 1st start the winter edition of LunaPark. Up to 13th of January 2019, Europe's largest carnival come back in Piazzale Kennedy, with a lot of attractions and rides for adults and children.
On Saturday, December 15th, the Christmas Mischief is back to Genoa for the third edition.
The starting point is in Calata Falcone Borsellino, at the Porto Antico, from 6pm. For one evening the streets of the city will be filled with ecological vehicles on two wheels: bikes, skateboards, skates and segways.
On December 22 (as every year on the last Saturday before Christmas) from 4pm will take place the Confeugo, the traditional ceremony that recalls the tribute of the Abbot of the People to the Doge with the lighting of the large laurel and fascinating choreography in costume. Ceremony starts at 4pm from "Calata Falcone Borsellino" with a parade of historical groups and the Abbot of the People. The Parade arrives in Piazza De Ferrari at 4:45pm and at 5pm starts the traditional "Confeugo".
On December 23th the Santa Claus Walk is back to Genoa for another year.
The starting point is in Belvedere dei Dogi al Porto Antico, near to the Ferris Wheel at 9am. It's compulsory to wear false beard and the uniform of Santa, that will be delivered to all participants at the moment of registration. The walk starts at 10:15am and arrives at Piazza De Ferrari where participants can eat and drink local food to the traditional "Mercatale".
MUSEUM OPENINGS FOR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
On the occasion of the Christmas festivities, the Genoa Museums make extraordinary openings.
Here the complete list: Museums extraordinary openings.
The international festival of contemporary theater and circus, organized by the Sarabanda Cultural Association, returns to Genoa from 26 December 2018 to 6 January 2019 for the 18th edition. For 11 days, (from Santo Stefano to the Epifany) with a special evening on New Year's Eve, 27 shows are waiting for you with 13 circus companies from all over the world for a program full of shows and news.
SANTO STEFANO DAY AT THE OLD PORT
On December 26th the ice rink of the Porto Antico in Genoa opens the doors to all the Stefano and the Stefanie free of charge.
NEW YEAR'S EVE 2019 IN GENOA
Genoa dresses up with artistic lights to welcome the New Year!
The “Spirit of Genoa – Give the floor to the city” is the title of the main event scheduled in Genoa for New Year’s Eve.
At 10 pm Piazza de Ferrari, the main square of the city, will light up under the direction of the Master of Lights, Marco Nereo Rotelli.
The verses of the most important Genoese poets such as Edoardo Sanguineti, Eugenio Montale, Giorgio Caproni will beam the ancient palaces and the cobblestones; a suggestive light show synchronized to music, mashed up by the DJ producer Alessio Bertallot and singed by the young guitarist/tenor Federico Paciotti.
At 10.30 pm the palaces overlooking the square will turn into an extraordinary open air stage, where the “dance of the lights” will be accompanied by rythms, Genoese songs, voices of the different cultural protagonists and sounds of the city.
Fishes and hippogriffs, images of the cinematographic history and of the words and verses dedicated to Genoa will light up the palaces; at the stroke of midnight a dance Dj set will fire up the square until early hours of the morning.
The event is free. It is organized by the Municipality of Genoa and Liguria Regional Board.
Thanks to: MSC Cruises – main sponsor of the event; Intesa Sanpaolo - sponsor
Other events in the city:
New Year’s Eve celebrations will take place also in many other venues and locations of the city:
(the updated programme is available on the website at the following link: http://www.visitgenoa.it/en/evento/new-years-eve-2019-genoa)
From 9.30 pm to 1am – New Year’s Eve in the Palazzi dei Rolli.
The Musei di Strada Nuova, in via Garibaldi, will be open on New Year’s Eve, a very special occasion to admire the extraordinary collections of Italian and Flemish art, including works by Rubens, Van Dyck, Veronese, Caravaggio, Guido Reni and the main artists of the Genoese school, displayed in sumptuous rooms with frescoes and original furnishings.
There will be two different packages:
- Total Package: aperitif, guided tour and midnight toast.
- Medium Package: guided tour and midnight toast.
Guided tours are at: 20.45 (for who buys total package aperitif is at 19.45), 21.30 (aperitif 20.45 ), 22.15 (aperitif 21.30 ), 22.45 (aperitif 22), 23.15 (aperitif 22.45), 00.30 (no aperitif).
Every guided tour takes an hour.
If there are places, on the 31st of December it's possible to buy the guided tour at Palazzo Rosso starting at 7pm.
It will possibile to visit Palazzo Tobia Pallavicino (Camera di Commercio) from 9pm to 2am, and the Hall and colonnade of Palazzo della Meridiana from 9pm to 1am. Free entrance.
At 9:30pm in the yard of the palace and in the presence chamber there will be a musical performance with three different groups. Players are Apalis Duo, Alter Echo String Quartet and Genos Saxophone Quartet. After the midnight toast, concert will go on until 2am.
PIAZZA DELLE ERBE
At 6 pm enjoy an aperitivo accompanied by swing and jazz music; at 10.30 pm the Radio Gaga band will perform a concert full of energy, singing some of the most famous Queen songs.
The event is organized by Civ Genovino.
Special occasion to admire the exhibitions: Palazzo Ducale will be open from 2:30pm until 2am.
It'll be possibile to visite Paganini Rockstar and to do the toast, or to visit Da Monet a Bacon then Paganini Rockstar and to finish the night with the midnight toast, that will be prepared by Mentelocale.
At Porto Antico the magic of the circus will come back as tradition with Circumnavigando Festival. A funny show for adults and children performed by the Circo Zoé Company (from 9.30 pm to 1.30 am – piazzale Mandraccio).
Visitors could spend the last night of 2018 enjoying the breathtaking view of the city from the Panoramic Wheel, having fun on the Ice skating ring (from 10pm to 5am), taking part in the special events organized by the City of Children and Kids (from 9 pm to 1am), or attending acrobatic and juggler performances of the Circobus, with its creative workshops and the funny show of Prof. Pietrosky.
AQUARIUM OF GENOA
At the Aquarium of Genoa visitors could celebrate New Year’s Eve, surrounded by the magic of the sea bottom.
The celebrations will start at 8 pm with a free visit to the Aquarium, discovering the night life of the tanks inhabitants.
There will be a welcome cocktail at Cetacean Pavillion and then a Gala Dinner and Midnight toast will take place in four different halls, with its different settings: “Dolphins’ Coast”, “Shark Bay”, “Mermaids Lagoons” and “Morays cavern”.
For infos and booking: C-Way ph. +39 010 2345666; email email@example.com.
On December 31 the Aquarium will close at 2 pm (last entrance at 12 am).
The theatres of the city will propose a wide selection of shows: the Teatro Nazionale – Duse Theatre will put on stage Poker by Patrick Marber and at Corte Theatre Colpi di Timone by Vincenzo La Rosa and Gilberto Govi; at the Teatro della Tosse La Prima Luna, by Emanuele Conte,; at Teatro Politeama Genovese, Capodanno con Maurizio Lastrico; at Teatro Govi Zelig vs Colorado, with Daniele Raco and Gianpiero Perone; at Teatro Verdi Mary Poppins - Film.
LIGHTHOUSE OF GENOA
The Lighthouse will be one of the protagonists of the Genoese New Year’s Eve: on December 31 at midnight, to celebrate the closing of its 890th birthday, the Lighthouse will donate to its city a suggestive play of lights, that will be visible from the Porto antico area and from all around the city (or on the lighthouse webcam and website www.lanternadigenova.it)
PALAZZO DELLA MERIDIANA - CANCELED EVENT
The New Year's Eve dinner at Palazzo della Meridiana has been canceled and the atrium and the colonnade will not be open to visitors.
VILLA DURAZZO PALLAVICINI
Villa Durazzo Pallavicini, the historic park in Pegli, organizes a suggestive Esoteric New Year’s Eve, with guided tour, dinner in the castle and celebrations in Marquis’ grottos to welcome the New Year.
The event is subject to charge. Reservation should be made within December 10 by contacting the following number: +39 010 8531544.
New Year’s Eve at the Funfair
Spend the last night of the year in the biggest itinerant funfair in Europe and enjoy your midnight toast in the magic atmosphere of its 180 attractions.
To the Cinema Sivori in Salita S. Caterina there will be midnight toast after the late movie.
Movie Shows will be: "Il testimone invisibile" 10pm; Old man and the gun, 9:45pm; Santiago, Italia 10pm.
Info and reservation: tel. 010 5532054
PROVISIONS ON SECURITY AND TRAFFIC
For New Year's Eve Day public transport will be intesified: until 3am there will be special bus from Via Ceccardi to Nervi and Prato and from via Gramsci/Darsena to Voltri. There will be also special bus from Brin to Valpolcevera. Subway and elevator "Castelletto Levante" will be open until 3am.
The municipal administration has planned specific provisions about security and traffic in streets and places where there'll be related events. Here is possibile to see the complete guide, in Italian language.
FROM NEW YEAR'S EVE TO EPIPHANY
The new year in Genoa start with the great musical "West Side Story" at Carlo Felice Theater, on January 1st at 4:00 PM.
At Teatro Nazionale there will be "Poker" at the Duse, from 28th December to 5th January. Until 3rd January ther's the "Circumnavigando Festival" and thursday, the 3rd there'll be a great concert in church at Oratorio San Filippo Neri.
To the city center in the frames of historical palaces, there will be a lot of exhibition: "Da Monet a Bacon", "Fulvio Roiter" and "Paganini Rockstar" at Palazzo Ducale; "Maragliano" at Palazzo Reale; "I macchiaioli" at Palazzo della Meridiana.