In Puglia the air of Christmas is already breathed in the first days of November with Christmas decorations in the shops, Puglia lights up with the magic of Christmas. During the Christmas period in Puglia you can do numerous activities, including: Visit the Christmas Markets, See the living nativity scene and participate in food and wine tours for tasting the typical specialties of Christmas in Puglia.
The best places to spend Christmas 2022 in Puglia are: Bari, Locorotondo, Alberobello, Brindisi, Lecce, Ostuni.
In this article you will find useful information on Christmas in Puglia, on what to do during the Christmas holidays and on the best places to celebrate Christmas 2022.
Christmas in Puglia 2022 what to do
Here are 4 things to do absolutely during your Christmas holidays 2022 in Puglia:
- Discover the most beautiful traditions of Christmas in Puglia
- Visit the Christmas markets in Puglia
- Visit the most beautiful cities of Puglia
- See the living nativity scene in Puglia
- Taste typical local food
Christmas 2022 in Bari
Where will the events of Christmas 2022 be held?
The events of Christmas 2022 in Bari will be hosted in Piazza del Ferrarese.
All the dates and events of Christmas 2022 in Bari
On 6 December 2022 in Bari there will be the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Piazza del Ferrarese.
A stage will be set up which will host various events during the month of December.
A large garden will be set up in Piazza del Ferrarese that will lead to the large illuminated tree. At the entrance to the square you will see a large green arched portal covered with lights. From here you can enter the garden which will be set up with lots of lights. A sort of wood where there will be video projections and sound diffusion.
In one area of the square there will be an English glass and iron greenhouse, where you can find the Amgas infopoint, which took care of supporting the events and setting up the city of Bari. The greenhouse will be decorated with a beautiful Christmas stars. Nearby there will be a large luminous writing in metal wire: LOVE XMAS.
From 8 December 2022 to 28 December 2022, every day for eight minutes, the tree will be lit with a show of music and lights.
Christmas 2022 in Locorotondo
The small village of Locorotondo, in the province of Bari, will light up with lights and colors during this Christmas 2022
In addition to the many Christmas markets there will be many events.
Program of Christmas 2022 events in Locorotondo
Here are all the events that you can find in Locorotondo during the Christmas holidays
- November 13, 2022: the Locorotondo lights are turned on. The streets of the historic center and the entrances to the ancient village will be illuminated with beautiful starry skies and decorations. The event starts at 20.00 from Porta Nuova, will continue in Piazza Dante at 20.30 and will end at 21.00 in Corso Umberto I.
- November 21, 2022: At the mother church of Locorotondo, at 20.30 there will be a concert of voices with religious hymns dedicated to Santa Cecilia. Performing is the Polyphonic Choir of Odegitria. Admission is free, but limited, reservations are recommended.
- December 8, 2022: In Piazza Vittorio Emanuele at 5.00 pm, there will be the inauguration of an exhibition with 13 works by artists from various cities. A path will be set up in the historic center that will turn on the lights on the less valued places. The tour will end with the sculpture by Felice Tagliaferri, set up inside an ancient cinema. Access is free.
- December 13, 2022: the solemn mass of Saint Lucia will be celebrated at the mother church at 18.30.
January 5, 2022: photographic exhibition at Bazart via Cavour 165, at 7.30 pm. It is a private collection that bears witness to scenes of local daily life from the early 1900s. The event is free, with reservation required.
In addition to the many Christmas markets there will be many events that you can consult in the official program of Christmas events Locorotondo 2022
Christmas 2022 in Ostuni
Even Ostuni in the period of December 2022 will be festively decorated and illuminated for the occasion. In this 3 you will find many lights in the small characteristic streets and Christmas markets in the main square.
Christmas in Art - Ostuni 2022
Christmas in Art is an exhibition of figurative, pictorial, sculptural and photographic arts, which takes place at the Palazzo Tanzarella in the historic center of Ostuni, near the Cathedral. The exhibition is in its sixth edition and will be held from December 16, 2022 to December 22, 2022 with hours from 18.00 to 21.00. The theme of the exhibition is THE COLORS OF CHRISTMAS. Admission is free.
Given the pandemic situation of Covid, at the moment there are no events that will be made to a large audience or in outdoor places, but only book presentations and by appointment.
The traditions of Christmas in Puglia
Puglia is rich in traditions and during the Christmas period every city and town celebrates following its own traditions. Below are the most beautiful traditions in Puglia during the Christmas period.
In the small town of Acquaviva delle Fonti, in the province of Bari, a beautiful and colorful Christmas market is set up every year. The best part is the many musical events that surround this Christmas market in Acquaviva. Tradition has it that some shows are staged by bagpipers. According to tradition, bagpipers play and dress in typical clothes of the Apulian peasant tradition: wool jacket, sheepskin vest, cloak and wool socks. These shows are performed in the various sanctuaries of the city, and end with the exhibition at the Sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary. In short, in Acquaviva delle Fonti you will discover a Christmas that follows the rhythm of the bagpipes.
In the town of Presicce, in the province of Lecce, we go from bagpipes to tambourines. Throughout the Salento there is the tradition of the pizzica and of this small instrument, the tambourine. The Tambourine festival is organized in Presicce at Christmas. You will see many performances by drummers and dancers.
As we have already said, the cities of Puglia set up many Christmas markets in the main squares. The Christmas markets enliven the streets of the cities. In the 2022 Christmas markets you can buy typical local products, depending on the city where you are. You will also see many handcrafted products and accessories that you can buy. One idea is to buy an original gift from one of the many markets you will see in Puglia.
For more information on the Christmas markets in Puglia see our article: Christmas markets in Puglia 2022.
The nativity scene in Puglia in the period of Christmas 2022
The Apulian nativity scenes
Nativity scenes are very famous in Puglia. Among the most important nativity scenes, we recommend that you visit the one in the Basilica of Santa Croce, in Lecce, where you can also admire the fresco of the Nativity. In many cities you can also admire the living nativity scenes.
During Christmas in Puglia, the cities are set up with nativity scenes. Many nativity scenes are made of papier mache. There are many exhibits of large papier-mâché nativity scenes, made by specialized artists. In some cities, however, you will find living nativity scenes.
In many Christmas markets in Puglia you will have the opportunity to buy handmade nativity scenes. In Tricase, in the province of Lecce, a beautiful living nativity scene is set up every year. And many tourists are attracted every year.
Puglia is always attentive to Christmas decorations. The art of the Nativity scene is one of the most important traditions in Puglia. You will find representations of the birth of Jesus. Nativity scenes representing the whole village with merchants, roads, lakes and pastures. In Lecce you will find a beautiful papier-mâché nativity scene. In the church of Santa Caterina, in Galatina, there is another very famous nativity scene. That of Galatina is considered the oldest in Puglia. You can admire other nativity scenes in Polignano a Mare or Martina Franca.
The cuisine of Christmas in Puglia
Puglia is also famous for its delicious food. During your Christmas holiday in Puglia you absolutely must taste the typical food. During Christmas the famous fried pettole are prepared. The main menu on Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve is based on fish. We eat cod.
On the tables there is no shortage of the typical focaccia of Bari. Lamb with vegetables. According to tradition, eating lentils on New Year's Eve brings economic luck. Everything is always accompanied by Apulian wine. There are also many sweets.
In short, it does not matter in which city you decide to spend Christmas, your certainty in Puglia will be the delicious typical cuisine.
The lights in Puglia - Christmas 2022
Another feature of Christmas in Puglia are the lights. Cities are filled with lights, colors and Christmas decorations. In Polignano a Mare, on the famous beach of Lama Monachile, the so-called "artist's lights" are exhibited. These are real illuminated works. A sort of Christmas village is created. In all the cities of Puglia, during the Christmas period, you will find plays of lights and beautiful decorations. Even the balconies of the houses are decorated with lights by the owners that make the cities magical.
Visit the most beautiful cities
Among the most beautiful cities to visit during your Christmas in Puglia there is certainly the city of Lecce. Famous for its Baroque architecture that runs through all the buildings in the city. At Christmas it is filled with lights, a large Christmas tree is set up in Piazza Sant'Oronzo. Each church in Lecce exhibits its beautiful papier-mâché nativity scene. Lecce will fascinate you.
Another destination for many tourists during the Christmas period is Alberobello. Here you will find many Christmas markets among the typical trulli. The historic center is filled with lights. Many lights are projected on the walls of the trulli. In short, you will take a walk surrounded by a dreamy atmosphere.
Then book your Christmas holiday in Puglia now to discover more closely the traditions and typical local products. You will be fascinated by a magical Puglia, rich in history and art, which fully lives the magic of Christmas.
Choose your dates, book your hotel and let yourself be overwhelmed by the magic of Christmas in Puglia.