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 IN GENOA
First rule to make your New Year's Eve unforgettable: come to Genoa!
The last day of 2018 will be extraordinary: "Lo Spirito di Genova - The Spirit of Genoa" is the keyword; and "Words to the city" is the big hit of the party. There is no place like Genoa to spend the last night of every year, but this time is really special: at 10pm starts the party in the heart of the city center, Piazza De Ferrari. In front of Palazzo Ducale and near to the magical atmosphere of Carlo Felice Theater, the "teacher of light" Marco Nereo Rotelli come back to Genoa for light her up like Rudolph's nose.
Blue light show for Genoa, therefore, into a beautiful choreography on the wall of wonderful buildings in Piazza della Vittoria.
At 10:30pm starts an unprecedented dj-set with genoeses songs and voices of cultural players: dj set is also in streaming on bertallot.com and on the app Radio Casa Bertallot.
At the stroke of Midnight, let's pull the trigger! Dj-set dance with Alessio Bertallot makes the whole city dance.
The access is free and open to all. Genoa thanks Comune di Genova and Regione Liguria, and sponsors MSC and Intesa San Paolo.
Other proposals by Genoa
There are a lot of other proposals in Genoa for New Year's Eve: in the glittering atmosphere of its historic center, between the lighted party squares, with the promise of unforgettable fun between the Old Port and the Aquarium, and the beauty of Rolli Palaces Unesco World Heritage Site.
VIA GARIBALDI, NEW YEAR'S EVE IN THE STREET OF MUSEUMS
From 9:30pm to 1:00am
The Museums of Strada Nuova will exceptionally open their doors on New Year's Eve, for a special New Year full of art art and culture in the sumptuous setting of the marvellous historical houses.
PIAZZA DELLE ERBE
The night starts at 6pm with aperitif and background music. At 10:30pm the Radio Gaga get on the stage with a concert full of energy: they'll sing all the most popular Queen's songs until the toast of midnight. Then, concert go on with cover of Queen and live music 80/90s and the immortal dance successes. Event by Civ Genovino.
Toast at midnight and gallery open until 2:00am to visit the magnificent Paganini Rockstar exhibition.
OLD PORT OF GENOA
At the Old Port of Genoa, as usual, meeting with the magic atmosphere of circus as part of the Circumnavigando Festival. An evening full of entertainment and fun for everybody, for every age along with the Circus Zoé: born to be circus, in Piazzale Mandraccio from 9:30pm to 1:30am. The last night of 2018 you can spend amid the fun of the Ferris wheel, the joy of the skating rink from 10pm to 5am, special events with games and science and technology laboratories in the city of children and young people, with the show of Prof. Pietrosky from 21pm to 1:00am.
THE GENOA AQUARIUM
The Genoa Aquarium renews the suggestive and exclusive appointment to celebrate the New Year's Eve immersed in the magic of the seabed, with a special free visit to the itinerary, exhibition, cocktails, Gran Gala Dinner and midnight toast. It is necessary to book, subject to availability, by contacting C-Way tel. 010 2345666; email email@example.com. On the occasion of the event, on 31 December the Aquarium will anticipate the closure at 2.00 pm (last entry 12.00).
For those who choose a toast at the theater, there are several proposals of the city's theaters: the National Theater stages at Duse Poker, by Patrick Marber and at the Court Colpi di Timone by Vincenzo La Rosa and Gilberto Govi; the Teatro della Tosse staged La Prima Luna, by Emanuele Conte, a theater and song show suitable for an audience of all ages; at the Teatro Politeama Genovese, as tradition of the last years, New Year with Maurizio Lastrico; at the Teatro Govi Zelig vs Colorado, with Daniele Raco and Gianpiero Perone.
LIGHTHOUSE OF GENOA
At the stroke of Midnight it's time for the Lighthouse of Genoa to present her gift: a big light show that will be visible all over the city. And it will be in streaming on www.lanternadigenova.it
New Year's Eve at Lunapark
Winter park of Genoa organized a special night for New Year's Eve. With 180 attractions, fun is assured. At midnight there will be celebratory toast.
PALAZZO DELLA MERIDIANA
At Palazzo della Meridiana, celebrations for the New Year start at 8:30pm with guided tour of Sala del Colonnato. Then Cocktail in Sala Calvi and New Year's Dinner in Salone Cambiaso. Midnight toast in Sala Camino and open bar, with dj set for dance until 2am!
Info and prices: tel. 010 2541996 ; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
VILLA DURAZZO PALLAVICINI
Villa Durazzo Pallavicini organizes the evocative Esoteric New Year, with guided tour, dinner in the castle and celebrations for the arrival of the new year in the Marquis's initiation caves. Reservations must be done by December 10th contacting email@example.com or by phone the number 010-8531544.
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.