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What to do in Turin at Christmas time

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Although Turin is a very cold city in winter, during Christmas time, the Piedmontese main city takes on a festive look. Everyone is invited to go out for many joyful and exciting, more or less traditional initiatives. Turin dresses up with colors, lights, and sounds.

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© iStock/cristianoalessandro

Luci d'Artista

An event that illuminates the city with installations of lights and luminous works of art and has now become part of the Turin tradition. The effect is beautiful during Christmas evenings. Installations stay on from late October to mid-January. The luminous works are located throughout the city, and in the most famous streets and squares, such as the Mole Antonelliana, Galleria Umberto I (Porta Palazzo), Piazza San Carlo. Not to be missed!

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© iStock/Massimo Parisi
Mole Antonelliana
Mole Antonelliana
Via Montebello, 20, 10124 Torino, Italie
Galleria Umberto I Torino
Galleria Umberto I Torino
Galleria Umberto I, 10122 Torino TO, Italia
Piazza San Carlo
Piazza San Carlo
Piazza S. Carlo, Torino, Italie

The Christmas Tree in the Square

The official Christmas tree in Turin is made in the beautiful Piazza San Carlo, also known as the "living room of Turin." The tree is turned on every year on the afternoon of December 1st.

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© iStock/StefyMorelli

The Christmas Markets

What would Christmas be without the traditional markets, full of lights, colors, gifts, decorations, and goodies? In Turin, Christmas markets are organized in various parts of the town, as well as in the province. The most famous ones are in Piazza Castello, Cortile del Maglio, Piazza Solferino. There are also many solidarity markets that support projects for people in need, such as the Adisco market in Via Lagrange.

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Piazza Castello
Piazza Castello
Piazza Castello, 10121 Torino, Italie
Cortile del Maglio Torino
Cortile del Maglio Torino
Via Vittorio Andreis, 18, 10152 Torino TO, Italia
Piazza Solferino Torino
Piazza Solferino Torino
Piazza Solferino, 10121 Torino TO, Italia

Christmas Concerts in the Churches

During the Christmas holidays, many churches host a calendar full of musical events related to Christmas, ranging from sacred music to traditional folk music, to classic Christmas carols. The main churches where Christmas concerts are organized are the Church of San Carlo, the adjacent twin Church of Santa Cristina, and the Church of San Francesco d'Assisi.

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© iStock/Paolo Paradiso
Chiesa San Carlo Torino
Chiesa San Carlo Torino
Piazza S. Carlo, 1, 10121 Torino TO, Italia
Chiesa San Francesco d'Assisi Torino
Chiesa San Francesco d'Assisi Torino
Via San Francesco d'Assisi, 11, 10122 Torino TO, Italia

Natale in Giostra

From the beginning of November until mid-January, for about 40 years, a large Luna Park has been set up, the "Natale in Giostra," with play areas for children, in Torino Esposizioni building, in the 5th pavilion.

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© iStock/Thomas Schmidt
Torino Esposizioni
Torino Esposizioni
Corso Massimo d'Azeglio, 15, 10126 Torino TO, Italia

Ice Skating

One of the traditional outdoor activities during the Christmas period is ice skating. Turin offers numerous ice skating rinks suitable for children and adults. The most famous is the Palaghiaccio Massari, the skating rink in Piazza Solferino, the rink at Parco Dora.

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© iStock/Yelizaveta Tomashevska
Palaghiaccio Massari Torino
Palaghiaccio Massari Torino
Via Giuseppe Massari, 114, 10148 Torino TO, Italia
Parco Dora Torino
Parco Dora Torino
Parco Dora, 10144 Torino TO, Italia

Hot Chocolate Tasting

As I have already told in one of my stories, there are many beautiful historic bars in Turin where you can take a relaxing break, perhaps in front of a nice hot chocolate or a delicious "bicerin" to warm up a bit. Sitting in the ancient parlors and admiring the historic furnishings while sipping a refreshing drink will undoubtedly give you a cozy feeling in complete relaxation. And the Christmas atmosphere is assured!

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© iStock/YelenaYemchuk
Caffè Bar Al Bicerin, Torino
Caffè Bar Al Bicerin, Torino
Piazza della Consolata, 5, 10122 Torino TO, Italia
Caffè Mulassano, Torino
Caffè Mulassano, Torino
Piazza Castello, 15, 10124 Torino TO, Italia
Caffè Torino, Torino
Caffè Torino, Torino
Piazza S. Carlo, 204, 10121 Torino TO, Italia

The Crib in the Medieval Village

In the Medieval Village of Turin, it is now traditional to install the beautiful crib by the famous set designer and Oscar-winning candidate Emanuele Luzzati. The nativity scene is made up of lighted painted silhouettes that represent the classic characters of the Catholic tradition, along with well-known fairy tale characters. A crib that children (but not only) will love. The scenic impact and the Christmas atmosphere of the Medieval Village are magnificent.

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© iStock/Ladiras
The Medieval Village Torino
The Medieval Village Torino
Viale Virgilio, 107, 10126 Torino TO, Italia

Well, among all the activities proposed to do in Turin at Christmas time, for adults and children, more or less cultural, more or less traditional, visitors will certainly find their preferred one. So, enjoy a lazy winter afternoon in Turin during the Christmas season!


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Mara Noveni

Mara Noveni

My name is Mara, I am Italian, born in Rome and raised in the wonderful Tuscany. Always in love with reading and writing, I completed this way of expressing myself through photography, especially street and travel photography. Thanks to my many and long travel experiences, I have enriched my mind and my inner life.

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