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Christ­mas of­fer­ings. Ev­ery­thing is de­signed to recre­ate the mag­i­cal at­mos­phere of Christ­mas: out­side, vis­i­tors can stroll among the wooden huts dis­play­ing hand­crafted, lo­cal gas­tro­nomic fare, Christ­mas ob­jects and dec­o­ra­tions. Once in­side the cas­tle, guests are treated to the an­tics of jesters, stilt walk­ers, char­ac­ters wear­ing me­dieval cos­tumes, pro­ces­sions, gospel singers, historic re-en­act­ments and fal­con­ers. This hugely suc­cess­ful mar­ket also boasts a play area for chil­dren where young­sters can meet Fa­ther Christ­mas, hand over their letters, and have their pho­tos taken with him (www. mer­catin­od­i­na­tale-castel­lodil­i­ma­tola.it). In Cam­pa­nia, the tra­di­tion of the na­tiv­ity scene plays a piv­otal role. One of the most beau­ti­ful ren­di­tions is the liv­ing na­tiv­ity of Mor­cone in the prov­ince of Caserta. The breath­tak­ing beauty of the town, its ar­chi­tec­ture and its labyrinthine streets act as the per­fect back­drop to this Tri­vago, the travel metasearch en­gine fo­cus­ing on ho­tels and the best travel des­ti­na­tions around the world, has in­cluded Naples as one of the best places to cel­e­brate New Year 2016. For an un­for­get­table New Year’s eve packed with en­ter­tain­ment,fire­works and the un­miss­able con­cert in pi­azza del Plebisc­ito. type of event: a na­tiv­ity within a na­tiv­ity. San Leu­cio in Caserta also hosts the Liv­ing Na­tiv­ity of Vac­cheria, fea­tur­ing spec­tac­u­lar scenes rem­i­nis­cent of 18th cen­tury Naples with actors in cos­tumes and the work­shops of trades peo­ple of that pe­riod. An­other un­miss­able event is ‘M’Il­lu­mino d’In­verno’, the fes­ti­val staged by the City of Sor­rento and the Fon­dazione Sor­rento in Costiera. Now in its sev­enth con­sec­u­tive year, it boasts a rich events cal­en­dar fea­tur­ing film screen­ings and mu­si­cal events in­clud­ing per­for­mances of clas­si­cal mu­sic, con­tem­po­rary mu­sic, jazz and folk songs. Vis­i­tors will also be treated to ex­hi­bi­tions, cul­tural ini­tia­tives, dis­plays of arts and crafts, food tast­ings and loads of other forms of en­ter­tain­ment. A fes­ti­val that takes vis­i­tors in dis­cov­ery of churches and mu­se­ums lo­cated in nar­row al­ley­ways dec­o­rated with Christ­mas lights. Other high­lights in­clude stalls sell­ing lace and wood mar­quetry set up be­tween Arab-style build­ings and Baroque churches. Pi­azza Sant’ An­tonino also hosts a won­der­ful Christ­mas mar­kets where vis­i­tors can pur­chase lo­cal hand­i­crafts and sam­ple an ar­ray of fes­tive treats. Be­fore leav­ing, head to Pi­azza Ve­niero to ad­mire one of the city’s most beau­ti­ful and au­then­tic na­tiv­ity scenes. The area is trans­formed into a winter won­der­land with pup­pet shows, gospel con­certs, ex­hi­bi­tions of sa­cred art, Christ­mas con­certs and liv­ing na­tiv­i­ties. A large, sparkling Christ­mas tree in pi­azza Tasso acts as the per­fect back­drop to the fes­tiv­i­ties (www.mil­lu­min­od­in­verno.it). As is cus­tom­ary each year, at Christ­mas, Salerno takes the hol­i­day lights rit­ual to an­other level with "Luci d'Artista", a cul­tural event or­ga­nized by the City of Salerno, which sees the city daz­zling with an ar­ray of glit­ter­ing art­works. Un­til the end of Jan­uary, streets, squares and gar­dens will be en­hanced with an open-air ex­hi­bi­tion of light dis­plays cre­ated, in part, us­ing re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als. The Aurora Bo­re­alis and the ce­les­tial sky, fairy­tale worlds, mosaics, the cir­cus and sails, forests and typ­i­cal Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions leave vis­i­tors awestruck as they take a trip in dis­cov­ery of a city rich in art, his­tory and cul­ture. To mark the oc­ca­sion, the Villa Comunale is trans­formed into a winter won­der­land. Af­ter pass­ing through il­lu­mi­nated tun­nels, vis­i­tors find them­selves im­mersed in a mag­i­cal king­dom in­hab­ited by sor­cer­ers and fairies, pi­rates and princesses. Along the sea front, a colony of whim­si­cal pen­guins trans­port the glaciers of the Antarc­tic to Mediter­ranean Salerno. Pi­azza Sant’Agostino is per­vaded by the mag­i­cal at­mos­pheres of the Far East with fans and multi-coloured lanterns that gen­er­ate stun­ning op­ti­cal ef­fects.

park at the Sta­dio Arechi, then take the shut­tle to pi­azza della Con­cor­dia, from 4pm to 2am. >>

By car: www.lu­ci­dartista.salerno.it

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