In Bologna during Christmas time are set up the typical Christmas markets, ideal for buying lights and objects for the nativity scene.
In the streets the Christmas decorations are present starting from the last week of November and in Piazza Maggiore the Christmas tree is erected with the classic traditional merry-go-rounds while a tourist train runs through the city with various stops.

Leaving the historical center, last but not least, we recommend a ride to the new FICO Park - EATALY WORLD where in addition to admiring the products and work there are a lot of things to do and see for children: info 

For children there are also many opportunities for recreation during the Christmas holidays in Bologna: follow the link for some suggestions for the Children's Christmas.

Here the main Xmas Market in Bologna:

Saint Lucy Market (Fiera di Santa Lucia) 

Santa Lucia Market (Fiera di Santa Lucia), in the portico of the Church of Santa Maria dei Servi, in Strada Maggiore.
It is the most important event of Christmas in Bologna, a traditional event that dates back to some centuries ago, the richly decorated market stalls offer Christmas gifts, decorations and original decorations for the Christmas tree and cribs, and then the flavors of the typical Bolognese wine and food products. The oldest Christmas market in Emilia Romagna is recognized by the Superintendency of Fine Arts of high historical and cultural value for its location and the prevalence of articles for the nativity scene and the tree.
In the square in front of the Church there is a sort of enchanted forest with the Santa Claus's house for the traditional letter; inside the Church there is a beautiful nativity scene of traditional style.
Hours: every day, from Saturday before November 12th until December 26th 2021 from 9 am to 8 pm

Christmas Market (Christmas Fair)

Christmas Market (Christmas Fair)., In Via Altabella, near the Archbishop's Palace and the Cathedral of San Pietro, sale of Christmas decorations, gifts and sweets.
from November 19th to January 6th 2022.
Hours: every day from 9.30 am to 8 pm

French Christmas village

French Market: A traditional French Christmas village made of wooden houses is born in Piazza Minghetti with gastronomic products, crafts and accessories. You can also eat on site,
From 20 November to 22 December 2019
Hours: every day from 10 am to 8 pm


In the Christmas period in addition to visiting the markets of the old town there are various other opportunities for recreation, especially for children and young people to start from the Sala Borsa (in front of the Statue of Neptune) which offers many activities from 2 years of age: here you can find the calendar (only IT)

But it is above all museums and theaters that offer various activities for children and young people.


PALAZZO FAVA - Palazzo delle Esposizioni: we report the workshops for children aged 5 to 11 "I wait for you in Mexico" scheduled on Saturday (from 4 to 7 pm) on the occasion of the exhibition "Mexico - The suspended exhibition - Orozco, Rivera, Siqueiros" (from 19 October to 18 February 2018): "Mexican T-shirts" 13 January 2018; "The sounds of Mexico" January 20; "Tapestries and Carpets" January 27th; "Aztec Masks" 3 February. Contacts

PEPOLI PALACE. Museum of the History of Bologna. Every third Sunday of the month, at 11, activities and workshops for children entitled "It's Sunday at the Museum!". Contacts

MAMbo - Bologna Museum of Modern Art offers various activities for children and young people. Until May 13, 2018 the Museum hosts the exhibition "Revolutija. From Chagall to Malevich, from Repin to Kandinsky. Masterpieces from the Russian State Museum of St. Petersburg "which tells the modernity of the cultural movements of Russia in the early twentieth century. Contacts

THE "LUIGI DONINI" PREHISTORY MUSEUM (in San Lazzaro di Savena). offers during weekends and holidays: free workshops for children aged 6 to 10; guided tours for adults and children; animated reading and mini-workshop for children aged 3 to 5 and their carers. 

The GOLINELLI ARTS AND SCIENCES CENTER, new space of the Golinelli Factory, hosts the exhibition of art and science "Unpredictable, be ready for the future without knowing how it will be", open to the public until February 4, 2018. Contacts


Teatro Testoni offers a production aimed exclusively at children and young people. See the complete calendar:

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