Natale a Ferrara





Christmas in Ferrara

Official Events

December 2019 – January 2020

Ferrara’s Christmas Market

16th November – 6th January 2019
Piazza Trento Trieste

Switching on the Christmas Lights

Saturday 16th November
Piazza Trento e Trieste, from 5 p.m. onwards

Venice’s Casanova orchestra will initiate Christmas celebrations  in the main square before the official Christmas Village opening ceremony at 6 p.m. and the Christmas lights are switched on.

Calici d’Autunno (in collaboration with FEshion Eventi)

Saturday 16th November, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday 17th November 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Visit the little wooden house at the Christmas market, ‘Calici d’Autunno’, to buy your ticket. For 10 euros you are entitled to a delicious autumn tasting menu including an appetizer, first course, dessert and wine. If you buy the ticket on-line there is a discount:

Ice Skating Rink

Saturday 23rd November, 10 a.m. onwards
‘Giardini delle Duchesse’ (at the start of Via Garibaldi)
The inauguration of the ice skating rink is at around 10 a.m.
Opening times for all other days will be available soon.

Estense Castle – ‘Il Castello Si Colora’

Sunday 17th November, 5.30 p.m.    

The Castle’s outdoor Christmas lights will be officially switched on.

Banda Filarmonica Ludovico Ariosto in Concert

Saturday 23rd November, 5.30 p.m.

Piazza Trento Trieste

Ferrara’s Christmas Tree

Saturday 30th  November, 6 p.m.

Piazza Trento Trieste/ Cattedrale

The inauguration of Ferrara’s Christmas tree will be preceded by a musical ‘Notte di Natale 1223’, at 5 p.m. in the main square The Christmas tree lights will then be turned on in Piazza Cattedrale. This year’s decorations are a surprise, but we have heard that they are linked to ‘Bricoman’,  a D.I.Y store. We will have to wait and see!

Dancing Fountains

Saturday 7th  December

Piazza Castello

First performance at 6 p.m. Second performance at 7.30 p.m.

A beautiful fire, light and water display takes place in the Castle’s moat. It lasts about 40 minutes and this year will be accompanied by the AMF Brass Band.

Il Castello dei Balocchi (FEshion Eventi)

‘The Castle of Toys’

Friday 6th December 10 a.m. – 8.30 p.m.

Saturday 7th December 10 a.m. – 8.30 p.m.

Sunday 8th December 10 a.m. – 8.30 p.m.

This is an exciting fairytale Christmas tour of the Castle with games, activities and a Christmas show for all the family to enjoy. Discover the snowy land of the North Pole,  meet the elves and their toy factory, dress-up with the Snow Queen who will get your ready to meet Father Christmas. Don’t forget to bring your letter for him!

You need to book on-line at:

At the very bottom of the page, choose the day , time and type of ticket you would like then click on ‘Aggiunge al carello’ and pay)

Tickets cost: €10 for adults and €8 for children  (aged 2-11) and include:

  • a visit to the magical land of the North Pole
  • a Christmas show
  • a craft workshop with the elves
  • a welcome badge
  • hot chocolate for children and vin brulè for adults.

The event lasts 75/90 minutes.

On Saturday 7th there will also be a themed dinner for the whole family. Tickets cost €30 for adults and €20 for children. Please book on-line at the above address. Half-way down the page you will find the part which explains about the dinner on the 7th December. Simply click on “CLICCANDO QUI!’ and book you place.

‘I Bambini Cantano Natale’

Saturday 14th December

Piazza Trento e Trieste, at 5 p.m.

Children from schools in Ferrara will perform a festive Christmas concert for everyone in the square.

A Christmas Walk (in collaboration with FEshion Eventi)

Sunday 15th December

Piazza Trento e Trieste, at 10.30 a.m.

A non-competitive Christmas walk around the city (5km) to help raise money for the charity –  ‘Associazione Giulia Onlus’,  which helps provide care to the children on the cancer ward at Cona hospital, Ferrara.

Meeting place: Christmas village in Piazza Trento Trieste at 10.15 a.m.

Start: 10.30 a.m.

Finish: 11.30 a.m.

Tickets: €10 which includes a hot chocolate and Christmas hat

To enroll go to:

  • Punto Wind in Piazza Trento Trieste, 15 (every day 9am – 1 p.m. & 2.30 – 7.30 p.m.)
  • FEshion Eventi in Via Ripagrande 84 (Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

For further information go to:

‘Bambini in Festa’

Sunday 15th December

Piazza Trento e Trieste

Midday – 5.30 p.m.

Entertainment and games in the Christmas village for children. At 5 p.m. there will be a Christmas children’s choir performed by the ‘ Piccoli Cantori di San Francesco’

Live Nativity Scenes

Sunday 15th December

Palazzo Crema, 5.45 p.m.

Via Cairoli 13 (this street is in the city centre, opposite Savonarola’s statue)

Sunday 22nd December

Palazzo Arcivescovile, 5 p.m.

Christmas Concert

‘Verso un Natale Multietnico’

Thursday 19th December

Piazza Cattedrale, 5p.m.

Gospel & Spiritual Concert

Saturday 21st December

Piazza Trento Trieste, at 5.30  p.m.

Games & Entertainment at the Castle

Sunday 29th December

Estense Castle, 3 p.m. – midnight

FEshion Eventi

‘#Music&Young’ Music Competition (The finals)

Monday 30th December

Teatro Nuovo, 9 p.m.

The two chosen winners will perform live on New Year’s Eve at Teatro Nuovo and in Piazza Castello.

capodannoNew Year’s Eve

Tuesday 31st December

There are various buffets and dinners at the Castle, Palazzo Municipale and at both the theatres in Ferrara. Look on-line and  book:

Concert and Fireworks at the Castle

Tuesday 31st December

Piazza Castello


The  concert begins at  9 p.m. and at midnight you can celebrate the arrival of the New Year by watching the impressive firework display. Music continues until 3 a.m.

Befana Arrives in Ferrara

“Befana” is an ugly, but kind old lady, who brings sweets to the children in Italy on 6th January. For those who have been naughty, Befana brings a piece of black coal, but for those who have been good she brings  a sock full of sweets.

‘Befana dello Sport’

Saturday 5th January, at 4.30 p.m. (doors open at 3 p.m.)

Palasport di Piazzale Atleti Azzuri d’Italia

Admission: All donations are given to charity

A fantastic afternoon of sports entertainment for all the family. All the children will receive a sock of sweets from Befana. At the entrance there will be lots of information for families about sporting events and clubs for everyone to join

Befana Arrives

Monday  6th January

Piazza Trento e Trieste

3 p.m.’Befana a 4 Zampe’ an event for your dogs

4 p.m. A walk with Befana and your pet dogs ( Check in case you need a coupon.

5.30 p.m. Lottery Extraction

Other Ideas for Christmas

The floating Nativity Scene in Cesenatico

There is a really beautiful floating Nativity Scene in Cesenatica, a small fishing village on the Adriatic coast near Cesena (after Forlì). It takes a good 1hr 50 by car from Ferrara but it is well-worth a visit, especially when it is lit up in the evening.


Verona is so beautiful in winter you really must go! The German Christmas market is excellent and Piazza Bras with its comet is so unique. Eat an authentic Pandoro cake, try polenta, risotto or gnocchi. If all else fails, warm yourselves up with a “Bombardino” – a creamy alcoholic drink typical from the nearby mountains! Verona also celebrates “Santa Lucia” from the 10th -13th December with a traditional market full of sweets.


If you would like to simply have a drive out one evening to see the Christmas lights this village, outside Ferrara, is pretty amazing. It has a beautiful display of lights showing the old trades from the past. Why not stop off at the restaurant “Nonno Socrates” (Via Nazionale Nord 68, 44011 Consandolo) which serves excellent fish dishes, starters, pizza and delicious desserts?


24th December, 4.30 p.m.

Historical city centre, Ponti Trepponti

Celebrate Christmas Eve in Comacchio by watching a historical parade in the city centre, followed by doughnuts, hot chocolate and vin brulè at 5 p.m. offered by the charity association AVIS. At the famous bridge of Comacchio ‘Trepponti’, enjoy a performance of the Nativity on water at 6 p.m. with music and a firework display.