Christmas in Assisi: events and spirituality in the city of Saint Francis
Christmas in Assisi becomes an almost magical experience for visitors who come here and take part in the events organised during the Christmas Holidays.
There is a special atmosphere in Assisi throughout the year; one of the most beautiful places in Umbria. Spirituality pervades the City of Peace and never leaves; thousands of faithful followers come to Assisi to pray and visit the places that characterised the lives of Saint Francis and Saint Clare.
Furthermore, anyone visiting the city cannot fail to be impressed by its beautiful works of art and the delicious flavours of the typical products of wonderful Umbria.
If it is true that Assisi must be visited throughout the year, there is no doubt that it must be visited during the Christmas period. Enjoy the experience of the evocative magic of Christmas that embraces anyone visiting the City of Peace
The calendar of events is characterised by many events, which are organised every year throughout the city. Children are always fascinated by the illuminations that light up and colour the squares and streets and cannot wait to meet Santa Claus and deliver their letters. Adults also seem to go back to their childhood when they walk through the streets and admire the beauty of Christmas in Assisi.
Christmas events in Assisi 2018
This Christmas, as in previous years, there will be many special events that will light up the holidays of anyone coming to the city. The calendar is full of events that cannot be missed.
From 1st Decembre the city will be embellished with thousands of coloured lights, while in Piazza del Comune the more than eighty plants that form the ”Tree of all Trees” will be illuminated and decorated. A truly original initiative that foresees the eighty trees being re-planted after the holidays.
There is also the free Christmas train, which rides through the historic city centre, accompanying parents and children around Assisi.
From 8th December, it will be possible to visit the House of Santa Claus; the most magical place par excellence, where all children will be welcomed by Santa Claus himself and his elves.
The nativity scenes will be present, as every year during the Christmas period. Highly anticipated are the “Mostra dei Presepi della Terra Santa” (Exhibition of the Nativity Scenes from the Holy Land), the “Mostra dei Presepi artistici” (Exhibition of Artistic Nativity Scenes), the “Presepe Artistico Napoletano del ‘700” (the Neapolitan Artistic Nativity Scenes of the 18th century) and the “Mostra d’arte presepiale” (Exhibition of Nativity Scene art), which will embellish the entire historical centre.
But it doesn’t end here: Assisi will come to life thanks to the Live Nativity Scenes of San Gregorio, Armenzano and Petrignano, while many nativity scenes created by the local people and associations will decorate every part of the mediaeval city centre.
Another reason to celebrate Christmas in Assisi is to admire the projections that will illuminate and colour the buildings in the City of Saint Francis; video mapping. Thanks to technology, young and old can watch beautiful and exciting images flow over the façades of historic buildings.
Culture and spirituality: Christmas in Assisi
As well as events and Nativity Scenes, Christmas 2018 in the city of Saint Francis will also obviously be characterised by spirituality and culture.
The municipal library and art gallery, the Roman Forum and the archaeological museum will organise games and encounters regarding art, while there will be many gospel, mediaeval and renaissance music concerts taking place throughout the Christmas period.
Regarding the religious celebrations, the churches of Assisi will hold liturgical celebrations and exhibitions by the city’s choirs (source: Assisi News).
Food and Wine Traditions: the Umbrian table at Christmas
Christmas lunch in Assisi is also an event. An occasion to sit together at the table and taste traditional Umbrian dishes that characterise Christmas: cold cuts, cheeses, game, truffles, chestnuts and many other delicacies. At out restaurant, La Rocca, at a stone’s throw from the hotel, every Christmas we prepare a menu of Umbrian cuisine to celebrate Christmas with our guests.
Take a look at this year’s menu!
A very special Christmas 2018 in Assisi
The calendar of events for Christmas 2018 is truly rich and will surely satisfy adults and children visiting the city.
Experiencing Christmas in Assisi means immerging yourself completely in the Spirit of Christmas. The city of Saint Francis, the City of Peace, is the best place to spend your holidays, to enjoy magical moments of spirituality, love and family.
To make Christmas in Assisi even more special, we have many great offers for you and your family!
We will be waiting for you in Assisi at Christmas!