Christmas in Parma

Enjoy Christmas, enjoy Parma. Christmas is the perfect time to experience the city with the magical atmosphere created by lights, decorations and toys, and also the ideal opportunity to take advantage of the many events for adults and children that Parma offers in this period.

The Christmas holidays are also the perfect time to go shopping, for gifts for family and friends, admiring the windows decorated and lit up for festivities, getting lost among the small streets of the center. And to devote yourself to shopping without thinking about the car and the parking lot you can take advantage of the exchange parkings at the gates of the city: convenient free parkings served by shuttle buses with the possibility of buying, in the ticket machines, a daily ticket at the advantageous cost of 2,50 €. A perfect service to enjoy a day in the center, between shopping and entertainment.


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Christmas in Parma opens with the inevitable appointment of the tree lighting in Piazza Garibaldi, December 8th: an afternoon of celebration and music to welcome Christmas and kick off many events. Starting from December 8th in Parma there will also be a novelty to discover the city in a new, pleasant and ecological way: the Christmas Train arrives! With this amusing means of transport tourists and citizens can discover Parma, in comfort and safety, thanks to an itinerary in the historical center and between the squares, monuments and the most beautiful and evocative streets.

During the downtown tour, don’t miss the Christmas Markets in Piazza Ghiaia, at weekends, with craft stalls, gift ideas, food specialties and moments of music and entertainment.


And for the little ones? The children will have a space entirely dedicated to them: a Christmas Den where to play, cook and … mess around, in the center! In the spaces of the Gastronomy Hub, in Piazzale della Pace, children will have fun learning thanks to Christmas and gastronomic themed workshops: they will learn the secrets of the festivities desserts, of the Parmigiano Reggiano, they will listen to fairy tales and they will be challenged with art. In addition, there will always be a space with books, games and … Pomocovo, a novelty for the little ones arriving directly from the Food Museums of Parma.

Do not miss the traditional events of the Christmas festivities such as the Crib Exhibition in the cloister of the splendid Church of the Annunziata, the Fair of Saint Lucia in Via Garibaldi, the traditional Procession of the Magi on the occasion of the Epiphany. As always we will greet the new year with the traditional free concert in Piazza Garibaldi: on the stage in Parma big names of Italian music such as Ron, Morgan, Andy, the orchestra of Piazza Vittorio and Massimo Cotto to welcome 2020, the year that will see Parma Italian Capital of Culture.

But it does not end here: in Parma there are many musical, theatrical, entertainment events that will animate the entire Christmas period. Discover them by downloading the program or pick up the paper booklet at the IAT in Piazza Garibaldi.

Christmas in Parma is also possible thanks to the synergy between the Municipality of Parma, trade associations such as Ascom and Confesercenti, and all the trade and tourism operators to offer the city and its visitors a magical Christmas.

Enjoy Christmas, enjoy Parma.


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