Some of the events dedicated to Christmas are already taking place on Friday, November 17th, with many initiatives designed especially for children. As the date of the Nativity of Christ approaches, happenings will intensify and spread all around the region of Lucca, with markets, cribs, concerts, religious rites and centuries-old traditions.
The start is given by some thematic markets in Lucca and Versilia, followed in the next coming Sunday by two other markets that will affect the Garfagnana and the hilly area of Camaiore.
In Lucca, at the Francigena Entry Point, from November 17 to 19, don't miss The little kingdom of Santa Claus where children can participate in art workshops and animations helped by qualified elves. In fact, in the former Executioner House, Santa Claus has decided to move his residence for three days, in a magnificent setting that will leave a long lasting impression. Still on the same dates, from November 18 to 19, in Marina di Pietrasanta, at Villa La Versiliana, is time for the Santa Claus village. The park and the villa are transformed into the traditional Christmas village with the typical crafts and toy market, as well as many recreational activities for children who can help the elves in preparing the gifts. Santa Claus village will be open to visitors every weekend until January 1st, 2018.
The following week, on Sunday, November 26th, Christmas markets combined with gourmet food tastings and children's attractions can be visited in Montemagno (Camaiore), where the little ones will be able to meet again Santa's elves, as well as on Lake Pontecosi (Pieve Fosciana). Here, in the afternoon, at 3:30 pm Santa Claus will arrive and wait for the children in his little hut in order to collect the precious letters and listen to their wishes.
In December, the celebrations are continuing with typical markets in the villages of Garfagnana and Versilia. On December 2nd and 3rd visitors can spend a day - which procedes will be devoted for charity - in Castiglione di Garfagnana, a beautiful hamlet perched on a hill overlooking the Esarulo River and protected by ancient medieval walls. On Sunday, December 3rd, in the municipality of Massarosa starts the first of the four markets named Magie di Natale, which today takes place in the hamlet Piano di Conca. Last but not least, Christmas also arrives at the seaside, in Versilia's most fashionable spot, Forte dei Marmi, where on Saturday, December 2nd in the shade of the historic Fortino Leopoldo, will be inaugurated the great Christmas fair with a wide choice of original and top quality items. The market is open every day until December 20th. At the same time, the main town of our province also sits in the Christmas atmosphere with the famous market at Napoleon square, which will be inaugurated on Saturday, December 2, and where it will be possible to make a few pirouces on the skates in the near future, as also for this year the set up of the skating rink on ice is confirmed.