Christmas markets in Calabria

A tour of Calabria's most beautiful Christmas markets

Living slow

Feb 14, 2024 2:19 PM

The most magical way to experience the Advent season? Around the Christmas markets in Calabria.

Stalls, colourful lights, decorations, typical specialities such as the ever-present zeppole (sweet and savoury) and traditional Christmas music brighten up the historic centres and squares of towns and cities. A true celebration for adults and children.

Where to find Christmas Markets in Calabria? Below is a list of some locations where you can wander around the typical stands and meet Santa Claus (from the end of November to Epiphany).

Between Christmas Markets and Christmas Village in Calabria

Below you can find a list of some of the locations that, from north to south of the region, offer the fun experience of Christmas Markets in Calabria:

  • Christmas Market in Montalto Uffugo (CS)
  • Christmas Market in Cosenza
  • Christmas Market in Catanzaro
  • Christmas Market in Tropea (VV)
  • Christmas Market in Ricadi - Capo Vaticano (VV)
  • Christmas Market in Reggio Calabria

What to see around the Christmas Markets

Starting from the Christmas Market of Montalto Uffugo, in the province of Cosenza, and the dedicated space near the Municipal Villa, the Christmas Village offers the opportunity to visit the historical centre, similar in itself to a nativity scene perched around the beautiful Shrine and Cathedral of Santa Maria della Serra, among the most famous Baroque churches in Calabria.

Montalto Uffugo, the elective home of composer Ruggiero Leoncavallo, is a succession of aristocratic palaces with beautiful granite portals and 15th- and 16th-century churches.

Montalto Uffugo
Regione Calabria

If you are looking for the magic of Christmas in the city, you can take a tour of the Christmas Markets of Cosenza, distributed among the main squares in the centre and Corso Mazzini.

Once again, the occasion is perfect to visit the artistic beauties, in particular the MAB - Bilotti Open-air Museum, with its contemporary art sculptures scattered along the city's main street, and spend an afternoon of Christmas shopping, tastings and musical events throughout the festive period.

Cosenza Natale
Regione Calabria

The regional capital is no less. The Christmas Markets in Catanzaro, as every year, cheerfully occupy Corso Mazzini, between the imposing Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the historical squares and the narrow streets of the centre.

Another Christmas location, Mancuso Gallery offers visitors a sheltered and comfortable space for festive shopping, as well as the pleasure of lounging among the historic cafés.

Catanzaro Natale
Regione Calabria

Lovers of Christmas Markets in the province of Vibo Valentia can alternate between two enchanting tourist resorts: Tropea and Capo Vaticano (in the municipality of Ricadi), which respectively offer stands in the streets of one of The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy, with the magic of a "Christmas with a sea view", and a rich Christmas Village at the Torre Marrana area, entirely dedicated to exhibitors of Christmas decorations and typical products, with an unmissable "zeppolata" and the possibility of ice skating.

Tropea Natale
Vincenzo Stranieri

Finally, the city of Reggio Calabria is organising Christmas events throughout the festive period, with Christmas Markets and Santa Claus Village in the locations of Piazza Duomo, Piazza Italia, Piazza Castello and Corso Garibaldi, the section in front of the Municipal Villa.

The entire city will therefore be festively decorated and ready to offer handicrafts, illuminations, Christmas gifts and typical products of Christmas in Calabria.