Christmas time in Naples

Christmas time in Naples

The Christmas season in Naples is characterized by a festive atmosphere that makes this celebration unique and enchanting. Here are some reasons to visit Naples in the Campania region during the Christmas season.

The magical atmosphere of San Gregorio Armeno

You can't think of Christmas in Naples without visiting this street in the heart of the historic center. San Gregorio Armeno is decorated for Christmas all year round, and the atmosphere becomes even more intense in the days before and after the holidays.

Here you can admire the traditional Neapolitan nativity scene, which showcases the craftsmanship of its masters, as well as more unconventional nativity scenes with figures from the world of entertainment, politics and sport.

Via San Gregorio Armeno, Naples

Christmas time in Naples: Night view of the famous "Christmas Avenue" (Via San Gregorio Armeno) with the Neapolitan nativity scenes in the historic center of the city of Naples. Italy. (photo © lazyllama / Shutterstock.com)

The cribs of San Martino

Legend has it that the Neapolitan architect Michele Cuciniello, who lived in the second half of the 19th century, collected over 800 nativity figures from traders and shepherds during his lifetime and sold them to the director of the San Martino Museum. The sale was subject to one condition: The unique nativity scene had to be set up exactly as Cuciniello wanted it. And so it remains today, perfectly arranged to highlight the most important scenes and emphasize every detail of this record-breaking nativity scene.

Another wonderful nativity scene is the wooden crib by Pietro and Giovanni Alemanno from 1478, which comes from the church of San Giovanni a Carbonara and is now on display in the museum of S. Martino.

Via San Gregorio Armeno, Naples

Christmas time in Naples: Christmas crib (Presepe di Pietro Alemanno, San Giovanni a Carbonara) in Certosa di San Martino, Naples. Italy. (photo © Tetiana Tychynska / Shutterstock.com)

Ballet at the San Carlo Theater

Those who love culture, theater and ballet should not miss the performance of The Nutcracker at Christmas time in Naples, which is offered to the inhabitants of Naples every year in the oldest theater in the world. The Tchaikovsky ballet, which is performed during the Christmas season, is a tradition to open the Christmas holidays in Naples.

Nativity Naples

Christmas time in Naples: Nativity scene from Naples, Campania, Italy (photo © shutterstock.com)

Christmas markets in Naples and the surrounding area

The Christmas markets light up the villages and castles around the city and offer an enchanting and romantic atmosphere in which to immerse yourself in the Neapolitan Christmas.

During your Christmas vacation in Naples, don't forget to visit the castle of Limatola, Pietralcina, the birthplace of Padre Pio, the castle of Ottaviano on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius and the historic center of Cusano Mutri, which is transformed into a true fairytale village.

Castello di Ottaviano, Campania

Christmas time in Naples: Ottaviano, Campania, Italy. Christmas lights at Ottaviano Castle (photo © Shutterstock.com)

Art and culture in the shadow of Vesuvius

Of course, a vacation in Naples is not complete without a good dose of art and culture. The city, once the capital of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, tells its own story through an incredible variety of architecture and works of art that can be found in its streets and museums.

Don't forget to visit the exhibitions and temporary exhibitions planned for the Christmas period in the galleries and museums of Naples to combine your desire for pizza with the desire to get to know the great Italian and international artists.

Christmas time in Naples, Napoli, Campania, Italy

Christmas time in Naples: Alley in the old town of Naples

The culinary Christmas season in Naples

The Naples fish market
According to Italian tradition, Christmas dinner includes fish, and Naples is happy to offer its residents and tourists the best of the city. The market at Porta Nolana opens its doors on the night of Antivigilia (between December 23 and 24) and offers everyone the opportunity to stock up on seafood delicacies.

This market is not only a good opportunity to buy top quality fish for dinner, but also a folkloric moment where you can admire the traditions of a city that loves good food and never forgets to celebrate it.

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Stall selling fish, squid and other seafood at the Porta Nolana seafood market in Naples. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

Fried pizza and Neapolitan desserts
What makes Christmas Eve so special is not only the rich seafood dinner, but also the lunch of traditional fried pizza eaten at home with the family or on the street between the stalls of the Christmas markets.

And then, during the Christmas season in Naples, the most famous desserts in Campania: struffoli, rococò and cassatine, which round off every meal both at home and in restaurants. And let's not forget the excellent Neapolitan coffee!

Street food, pizza, Napoli, deep-fried pizza, Naples

Street food, pizza, Napoli, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

Sights in Naples & Campania

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Castello di Ottaviano

Castello Limatola

Cusano Mutri

Teatro San Carlo

Museo di San Martino

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