Puglia is well known for summer holidays. But Puglia is not just sea and beautiful landscapes. In fact, even during the Christmas period Puglia is beautiful.

Cities are filled with lights and colors with the famous Christmas markets. As early as November, the shops start selling Christmas products and decorations.

The Christmas markets in Puglia are set up in the main cities and are visited every year by thousands of families who, walking through the suggestive illuminated villages, buy Christmas gifts by choosing from the many handicraft products that can be found at the Christmas markets in Puglia.

Also this year the Christmas markets in Puglia are present in: Locorotondo, Alberobello, Ostuni, Lecce and Bari in the period of dates between 22 November 2022 and 6 January 2023.

In this article (updated for Christmas 2022) you will discover:

  • The main cities in which the Christmas markets in Puglia take place
  • Which cities to see and what to do during Christmas in Puglia.
  • All you need to know about the Christmas markets in Puglia in 2022

If you want to spend the 2022 Christmas holidays in Puglia, there are many cities that will make you breathe the air of the holidays, among them certainly the visit of the living nativity scenes in Puglia 

Where are the best Christmas markets in Puglia?

Christmas markets in Puglia

A characteristic of Christmas in Puglia are the markets. Let's see below where you can find the most beautiful Christmas markets.

Where are the best Christmas markets? The squares of the main cities of Puglia are filled with Christmas markets. Many artisans sell their products.From the first week of December you can stroll through the streets of the cities and make your gifts. Walking through the Christmas markets in Puglia you can choose from many handicrafts. It is mostly handmade objects, beautiful creations prepared by the Apulian artisans and put up for sale among these suggestive banquets. If you are thinking of organizing Christmas 2022 in Puglia, you will be able to find Christmas markets as early as the first week of December. So, we recommend the month of December for your holiday in Italy, in Puglia.

In which cities are the Christmas markets in Puglia located?

The main cities where to find the Christmas markets in Puglia are:

  • Locorotondo
  • Alberobello
  • Lecce
  • Bari
  • Taranto

Cities and dates to visit the Christmas markets in Puglia

City From to
Bari 6 December 2022 6 January 2023
Alberobello 7 December 2022 6 January 2023
Lecce 7 December 2022 6 January 2023
Locorotondo 1 December 2022 6 January 2023
Taranto 22 November 2022 6 January 2023

Mercatini di natale in Puglia

Christmas markets 2022 in Bari - program of events

This year the Christmas market period runs from 6 December 2022 to 6 January 2022.

Where to see the Christmas markets in Bari?

This year the Christmas markets in Bari will be set up on the wall. In Piazza Umberto, however, there will be the village of Santa Claus. In Piazza del Ferrarese you will find many other stalls and a 14 meter high Christmas tree. There will also be many musical events.

Christmas markets 2022 around Bari - Monopoli

Monopoli, in the province of Bari, will host many Christmas markets for Christmas 2022

The complete program of the 2022 Christmas markets in Monopoli

The event called "Monopoli Christmas Home" will be held from 7 December 2022 to 6 January 2022. A month full of news to discover Christmas.

Here are the news:

  • On 7 December 2022 at 20.00 the large Christmas tree will be lit in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. In this same square you will find a 300-meter ice skating rink.
  • Throughout the month there will be many Christmas markets. You will find exhibitors of various types. Food and wine products, Christmas decorations, local handicraft products.
  • The whole historic center of Monopoli, during this Christmas 2022, will be embellished with many decorations and lights.
  • There is also an area dedicated to children. A sort of laboratory where children can engage in creative games.

Here is the complete program of events in Monopoli:

  • Sunday 7 December 2022: the musical group "The black and blues gospel and r & b" will perform with the participation of Brian Lucas.
  • Saturday 18 December at 8.30 pm: The "Little Italian Mezzotono Orchestra" will perform. These are five voices that mimic the sounds of instruments.
  • On Tuesday 23 December at 8.30 pm "The good ole boys rock'n'roll party" will perform. A quintet with guitars and piano.
  • Saturday 1 January 2022 at 8.30 pm: Gianni Ciardo will inaugurate the new year.
  • Wednesday 5 January at 5.00 pm there will be a magical show "casta stories show" with the collaboration of Rai Yo Yo.

Christmas markets in Lecce 2022 full program

At Christmas 2022 the Christmas markets return to Lecce, after a year without events due to covid19.

Where can you find the Christmas markets in Lecce?

In Lecce you can find the Christmas markets:

  • In Piazza Mazzini
  • In Piazza Sant’Oronzo
  • To the Theatine monastery

The Christmas markets in Lecce will be hosted in Piazza Mazzini. Here you will find many games for children. In the square of Sant’Oronzo, however, there will be the chocolate markets. At the Theatine monastery you will find the famous puppet fair, with the display of papier-mâché nativity scenes.

Program of events for Christmas 2022 in Lecce

Here is the program of Christmas 2022 in Lecce:

First of all, the Fiera di Santa Lucia returns, with the famous display of papier-mâché nativity scenes. This year it will take place within the Theatines. You will see many nativity scenes handmade by local artisans.

The Chocolate Fair will take place in piazza Sant’Oronzo. Master chocolatiers from all over Italy will arrive and you can buy delicious chocolate creations.

In Piazza Mazzini, however, there will be the houses of the Christmas Village. Here you can buy toys, books and many other accessories. You will also find stalls with typical products. The square will be decorated with Christmas lights.

The large Christmas tree will be set up in Piazza Sant’Oronzo. The whole city will light up and be filled with decorations. In some neighborhoods there will also be musical performances.

Christmas markets 2022 in Brindisi

This year the Christmas markets in Brindisi will take place from 4 December 2022 to 6 January 2022. You will find the markets in Piazza della Vittoria and in Corso Umberto.

The village of Santa Claus will be set up in the complex of the "Scuole Pie".

Christmas Market Brindisi

2022 program of the Christmas markets in Brindisi

During your Christmas holidays in Brindisi you will find many markets set up in the city center. The streets and squares of the city will be decorated with Christmas decorations and lights.

Currently the municipal administration has launched a call for tenders to search for custodians for the preparation of Christmas markets. Keep following us to stay updated on all Christmas events in Brindisi.

Christmas markets in Brindisi

2022 Christmas markets in Taranto

In Taranto, Christmas begins on November 22nd. Already from this date you will find many lights for the city and Christmas markets

Christmas in Taranto 2022, here are the news

For this Christmas 2022 there are many news and you can spend a wonderful holiday in Taranto.

Here's what you will find at Christmas 2022 in Taranto:

  • The Christmas markets
  • The carousel with period horses
  • The Ferris wheel
  • Many illuminations
  • Christmas tree
  • Ice rink in Piazza della Vittoria

In all the cities of Puglia you can experience the magic of Christmas

The main square of Lecce is filled with lights and markets. During the Santa Lucia fair you will find many Christmas markets in Lecce. Nativity scenes in terracotta or papier-mâché are exhibited. Everything is handmade by local artisans. If you visit the Christmas market you will be able to see and buy handmade nativity scenes in every detail.

Also in Bari you will find numerous Christmas markets. Every year a "Santa Claus village" is set up, with numerous wooden stalls, reminiscent of mountain houses. In this Christmas market in Puglia you will find many handmade creations and typical Apulian food. Christmas in Bari is magical.

In Ostuni you will find Christmas markets in various streets and squares. You will be able to observe handcrafted products and buy typical products of the Puglia area.

Therefore, the main feature of the Christmas markets in Puglia are the handicrafts and local foods.

The main stop if you want to experience Christmas in Puglia is Alberobello. Christmas Market in Alberobello. The village is filled with lights and colors. Many Christmas lights are projected on the external walls of the trulli. From the first days of December until January Alberobello turns into a magical place. You can experience the magic of Christmas in this typical Apulian village. You can see other decorations walking through the city center. Visit the village with its ancient trulli. If you want to enrich your experience you can book and sleep at night in a real trullo. A unique experience. Besuchen Sie das Dorf mit seinen antiken Trulli. Wenn Sie Ihre Erfahrung bereichern möchten, können Sie buchen und nachts in einem echten Trullo schlafen. Eine einzigartige Erfahrung.

Even Lecce, a beautiful city in Puglia, is filled with lights. The Christmas holidays in Lecce begin with the Christmas markets of the Santa Lucia fair. One of the most beautiful Christmas markets. It usually takes place in the Castle Charles V of Lecce. Here you will find handmade nativity scenes created with papier-mâché or terracotta. The main square of Lecce, Piazza Sant'Oronzo, is usually embellished with large decorations. In December you will see illuminations and markets in the city center. In Piazza Mazzini, every year, there is a market. Here you can buy toys, decorations, books and typical sweets.If you want to spend Christmas 2022 in Puglia, the city of Lecce is a beautiful destination. You can visit the main attractions of the city of Lecce, the churches and palaces characterized by the Baroque style. And you can walk in the streets of the center illuminated by the magic of Christmas.

Mercatini di natale in Puglia

In Bari the Christmas holidays begin on December 6th. Day of St. Nicholas, patron saint of the city. On December 6, the city of Bari lights up with lights and colors. The center is filled with typical Christmas markets. Throughout the month of December you can experience Christmas in this beautiful city of Puglia. Dedicate yourself in the morning to discover the most important tourist attractions of the city. In the evening enjoy the Christmas air together with the locals.

As in all Apulian cities, Taranto also becomes magical at Christmas. In Taranto the Christmas holidays begin on November 22nd. Day of St. Cecilia. From the early hours of dawn on November 22, several marching bands play on the streets of the city. Usually after these musical events there is the procession and the holy mass. It is a day of celebration, tradition and religiosity. It is the day of the "pettole", typical Apulian food. On the night of Santa Cecilia many shops and some residents prepare the hot breastplates and offer them to passers-by. On this day many decorate the Christmas tree at home. So in Taranto Christmas begins earlier than in the other cities of Puglia. Then throughout the Christmas period the city remains illuminated and decorated until January 6th. Day of the epiphany.

So, what to do at Christmas in Puglia?

If you want to spend the Christmas holidays in Italy, Puglia is one of the most beautiful regions. Let's see what to do at Christmas.

First of all savor the magic of Christmas in the alleys of the most beautiful cities of Puglia. You will be fascinated by the lights and decorations scattered in the streets of all the Apulian cities. Citizens also contribute to the magic of Christmas. It is customary to decorate the balconies with lights that make the city more beautiful and bright.

If you are on holiday in Puglia in December, there will be Christmas markets in the main squares. The cities organize markets during the Christmas period, where you can buy products of all kinds. Handmade costume jewelry, books, sweets and typical products. 

Usually on New Year's Day concerts are held in the main squares of the cities.

Enjoy beautiful walks through the markets, savor the festive air and taste the typical local products.

What are you waiting for? Organize now your Christmas 2022 in the most beautiful cities of Puglia!