Siena is a charming city all year round, but at Christmas time it’s like it is wearing the party dress and shines of a very special light.
Walking through downtown streets, you will be fascinated as a child by thousand lights of the decorations as well as the huge Christmas tree in the Salimbeni Square. Every street is decorated in a different way and this is maybe useful for orientiering while shopping.
But what’s on in Siena at Christmas Time?
The full calendar of events officially opens the first weekend of December (Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th) with the
Market in Campo Square and it goes up to end of January . The Market in The Campo Squarei is a very important event for the city that relives the atmosphere of “Big Market” of XIV century. 150 stalls with many local products: traditional sweets, salami and cheeses and a great choices of wines produced in Siena countryside. It is definitively a great chance to discover local crafts, good food and wine and if you like shopping also buying original gifts.
Kids will have good fun with the numberous activities organized throughout the month of December at the Botanical Garden. With local guides they will seek for medical herbs and learing their uses. On Saturday 10 and 17 December at the museum of Santa Maria della Scala, Piazza Duomo – there will be the #SIENAFRANCIGENAKIDS. The guided tour with Balia Gioconda allows “small pilgrims” to discover stories and people related to the hospital in the middle age and to the pilgrimage. The trekking part will end at Porta Romana where they will enjoy a “merenda” snack with local products.
The FAIR OF SAINT LUCIA on December 13th is a traditional Christmas Market and very much loved by all local people. Actually it is a small market set up in Pian dei Mantellini with local Sienese crafts, Christmas items, sweets, dried fruits, ceramic articles, glass, clay and wood items. Especially do not miss to buy the little “bells” of Saint Lucia made of clay and decorated with all the contradas colors. Sienese people like to give them to children as a lucky charm for the new year (in terms of Palio horse Race)
For the sports, every Thursday throughout the month of December starting at 6 pm from Via Camollia 201 there will be the SIENA URBAN WALKING & RUNNING: TOUR OF CHRISTMAS TREES. Running and power walking along the streets of Siena, through its history, its art, its most significant monuments, but also discovering the hidden corners
Art, music and good wine every Thursdays evening until 15th December at SEVEN NOTES IN SEVEN NIGHTS with guided tour of the Town hall of Siena. Concerts and plays will take place the days before Christmas as well as the concert on December 23rd in the beautiful setting of the Cathedral. At the Rinnovati theater within the town hall of Siena there will be “the Moliere’s Miser” and ballet “the Nutcracker”.
For Traditional Nativity Lovers not to be missed is the Christmas Nativity at the Siena Station – which is only 500 meters from Borgo Grondaie. It is the eldest nativity of Siena and it is made in 700c and 800c style. We have enjoyed the fact that it is animated with more than 400 effects including lights, sounds, and movements for a particular implementation. From Thursday, December 15, 2016 to Sunday, January 8, 2017 it is open every day.
And for New Year Eve? Siena will surprise you with street bands and music through the city centre and music entreraiment all night long in the Piazza del Campo to greet the New Year all together
Cosa fare a Natale a Siena – Capodanno in Piazza del Campo
Siena has got lot of surprises for you for your Christmas holidays. Do not miss them and come to visit us here at the Borgo Grondaie just 1.5 km from the city center. If you want to know the whole schedule, click on this link: Tutto il natale di Siena 2016
Let’s celebrate together this Christmas time…
Edited by Hotel Borgo Grondaie Siena