Christmas Markets in Southern Italy

Discover the Christmas atmosphere of the suggestive markets of the South of Italy 

The tradition of the Christmas markets in the South of Italy is particularly felt in many cities and smaller towns where every year the Christmas magic takes over. There are many events that every year come to life and transform streets and squares into proper Christmas villages. So here is a round-up of where you can find the most charming Christmas markets in the South of Italy. In fact, starting Campania and arriving in Sardinia there are several events related to Christmas. 

Christmas markets in the South of Italy, here the most popular ones in Campania 

To find the best Christmas markets in the South of Italy you cannot miss a chance to go to Naples. This in fact is the city of the nativity scene. There is a whole part of the city where Christmas is all year round. It is Via San Gregorio Armeno where there are countless craftsman shops where artisans create figurines and accessories for any type of nativity scene. Very suggestive are also the Christmas markets in Salerno which take place every year in the streets and in the squares of the town centre. The town becomes a proper Christmas vilage. Here you will get into the Christmas spirit for sure. 

San Gregorio Armeno Napoli: tutte le attrazioni e i presepi | Viaggiamo

Puglia, Basilicata and Calabria, the prettiest Christmas markets in the South of Italy

One of the Southern regions where the tradition of Christmas markets is very much alive is without a doubt Puglia. In fact, in Foggia every year there are, in occasion of the Christmas festivities, the biggest Christmas markets in the South of Italy. It is a proper Christmas village where there are many shows and events and where you can find the typical booths. 

Another place in there region where there are the Christmas markets is Polignano a Mare. In this small town facing the sea, every year the stands and an ice rink are set up. In Basilicata one of the towns where you can live Christmas time in a particularly suggestive way is Matera with its light and traditional decorations.

Very interesting are the several holy re-enactments. Furthermore, among the streets and squares, there are the markets with the traditional local foods. A very interesting Christmas market is also the one in Catanzaro, Calabria. In fact, in Piazza della Loggia, there are a lot of markets with gastronomic delicacies and artisanal products. Also, nativity scenes are set up all over. 

I Mercatini in Calabria nel 2021 tra usato, antiquariato e modernariato. –

Here is where to find the Christmas markets on the islands

But that is not all, in fact, you should know that in Sicily and Sardinia too you can find some of the nicest Christmas markets in the South of Italy. One of the most charming ones is the one that takes place every year in Milazzo. Very suggestive are the Christmas markets in Erice. The streets of this town will fill up with nativity scenes and Christmas-themed booths. Surely, you should not miss also the ones held yearly in the bigger cities such as Palermo, Messina, and Trapani. Here too the streets and the squares are richly decorated. Finally, you should not miss Christmas in Catania with its markets in the town centre. 

I mercatini di Natale più belli della Sicilia - Cosa fare in Sicilia

In Sardinia, there are many Christmas markets that take place every year at Christmas time. One of the most suggestive and popular ones is the one in Cagliari which takes place in Piazza del Comune and stands out for its high quality craftsman exhibitions. Unmissable is also the Christmas market in the Maddalena. In the streets of the town centre there are many booths with local foods and artisanal products. Finally, another Chirstmas market in the South of Italy is the one in Iglesias. Thanks to special artisanal creations it is possible to live the Christmas spirit.   

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