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Christmas in Puglia 2023: markets, villages and illuminations between Bari and its surroundings

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November 10, 2023

The magic of Christmas in Puglia starting from Bari, the city of Santa Claus: live evocative and unforgettable experiences


Christmas in Bari Apulian villages

The magic of Christmas is approaching, bringing splendor to the suggestive villages of Puglia , an irresistible attraction for visitors from every corner of Italy and the world.

This year too, Bari and its surrounding areas are preparing to welcome thousands of visitors eager to experience the enchanting atmosphere of Christmas . The villages of Puglia , with their lights , Christmas markets , events and enchanting Santa Claus villages , offer a unique experience. And there is no better way to immerse yourself in this celebration than by delighting in the typical products and Christmas sweets .

Discover the unmissable events that will surely capture your attention and make your Christmas unforgettable among the enchanting villages of Bari and its province .

Saint Nicholas Day in an unusual old Bari

Christmas on Saint Nicholas Day in Bari

Every December 6 , Bari transforms into a whirlwind of Christmas traditions in honor of Saint Nicholas , patron saint of the city and icon of Santa Claus in the world. The doors of the Basilica, illuminated by flickering candles, open wide on the night between 5 and 6 December to welcome the devotees, while in the atmosphere decorated with lights and decorations of old Bari irresistible fragrances spread: the enveloping scent of hot chocolate and sgagliozze , creating an enchanted and warm atmosphere for all those who participate in this traditional Bari .

The majestic lights of Via Sparano

Every Christmas , the streets of the cities are transformed into enchanting scenarios with the lights that become a symbol of welcome and warmth, bringing a sense of community and shared celebration. A magical atmosphere , an explosion of lights that enchants and envelops anyone who walks under these festive luminous arches with vibrant colors, while the lights shine creating an aura of celebration and joy. A moment that unites people in a single joyful contemplation, creating an evocative and festive atmosphere that celebrates the Christmas spirit .

Santa Claus' village in Piazza Umberto I

Santa Claus Village Piazza Umberto Bari

Santa Claus' Village , set up in Piazza Umberto in Bari , is immersed in an enchanting fairy-tale setting, a magical journey along paths surrounded by Christmas trees and festive shrubs. The atmosphere is "warm" with dancing lights, enchanting melodies and illuminations , combined with suggestive decorations and a mix of Christmas playlists. In the center, majestically, stands a mighty Christmas fir tree , the fulcrum of this magical setting, giving a sense of wonder and joy to adults and children.

The markets along the walls of old Bari

Markets on the wall in Bari

The Christmas markets on the walls of Bari Vecchia are the flagship of the Bari experience. Immersed in an enchanting atmosphere, the stalls offer unique artisan products that can also become original gift items for the period. Local craftsmanship, in fact, is displayed in all its splendor, offering traditional artefacts perfect for the Christmas celebration, all in an evocative setting that makes this market an unmissable place during the Christmas holidays in Bari Vecchia .

The magic of Christmas among the trulli of Alberobello

How can we not include the magic that can be felt in the alleys of the wonderful Alberobello? Markets, food, themed music, local crafts, art workshops, light shows but above all Santa Claus and a circular ice rink ! All this in a unique setting in the world, immersed in the smells of typical Apulian delicacies that will add value to this experience; waiting for you, in fact, there will also be fried panzerotti, breasts, sweet crepes and much more.

"Once upon a time there was Christmas" in Polignano a Mare

Christmas with Polignano a Mare lights

If you have never visited Polignano a Mare during the Christmas period , this is the perfect year to do it! The town celebrates Christmas in traditional style , giving a unique and evocative atmosphere: soft lights, lanterns, performances by street artists and an enveloping soundtrack will transport you back in time, giving you the authentic essence of Christmas! In addition, there will be around 30 cultural and artistic workshops dedicated to the little ones.

Christmas in Corato becomes an "enchantment"

Corato Christmas events enchantment 2023

A magical atmosphere awaits you in Corato! Illuminations, decorations, cultural initiatives, creative installations and many events for adults and children will enliven the characteristic ancient village and the immediate surroundings. A riot of traditional and innovative atmospheres to make the Coratino Christmas an evocative Christmas stage where there will also be no shortage of typical local aromas and flavours. Below are some useful links:

"The village of wonders" that of Locorotondo

Locorotondo at Christmas in Puglia

Like every year, a riot of Christmas lights and decorations will decorate the streets and alleys of the splendid Locorotondo , a circular white village in the magnificent Itria Valley . A fixed stop for many Apulians and tourists who want to live another beautiful experience in the area; obviously there will be no shortage of the Christmas Village , the markets and the smells of typical Apulian products that will invade the streets of this wonderful village.

Santa Claus village in the Giovinazzo square

Santa Claus Village Giovinazzo Puglia

A large inflatable Santa Claus village awaits you in the large central square of Giovinazzo . It is about 200 square meters of space within which there will also be large igloos that will simulate the Arctic Circle, complete with an artificial cannon to cover the square . An atmosphere that will inevitably involve not only children but also adults.

Barletta: from castle to Santa Claus village

Christmas Woderland Barletta castle

From 6 December to 7 January 2024 it is "Christmas Woderland" with a thousand lights that will illuminate the Barletta Castle ! The magic of Christmas , in fact, will be felt both in the garden and in the basement, with the possibility of personally delivering the letter to Santa Claus and even visiting the toy factory set up by the Elves , who have always been Santa Claus's faithful assistants. A place set up to welcome families who, among other things, will be able to get lost among the lovely Christmas markets at the entrance to the Castle itself.

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