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Candelara– Christmas Markets in Italy
Candelara Mercatino di Natale

Dates :

  • 23-24 November 2019
  • 30.11-1 December 2019
  • 7-8 December 2019
  • 14-15 December 2019

Times : 10:00 – 21:00

Three weekends of the Italian feast of Candles

This unique Christmas festival is becoming increasingly popular and is held over three weekends in the lead up to Christmas. “Candele a Candelara” takes place in the ancient medieval village on the hills around Pesaro where every evening artificial lights are turned off and the village is only lit by the soft glow of candle-light for 15 minutes three programmed times. During “Candele a Candelara”, for 45 minutes there is a shut-down and there is the warm and reassuring glow of the candles. This year there will be something new: the fire games, that will come to life during the programmed shutdown, at the same time some bright balloons will be released or, in cases of favourable weather conditions, some mini hot air balloons will magically light up the sky above the village.

There is a great program of events planned, there is “The Path of the Cribs” where you will be able to admire nativity scenes created by craftsmen from all over Italy and made from all sorts of materials – wood, wax, stone, earthenware, silver or cork. Visitors will also be able to watch live preparation of candles, made exclusively from beeswax, as they were made in medieval times.

There will be life-sized nativity silhouettes set in the little park inside the castle walls, these will remain here until the feast of the Epiphany, 6 January.

Young visitors will be able to join in with the making of wicker, wrought iron or wooden products and be taught by genuine craftsmen.

Visitors will be able to admire Candelara in all its charm thanks to the thousand flames which will illuminate the village in an ecological way. The silhouettes in the streets will be brought to life with the flickering flames of the candles, all this will be done in conjunction with ACI – Italian Association of Candle-makers.

With the special beauty of this Christmas Festival it draws a very special visitor – Santa Claus, who will be hosting a workshop for children where they will be able to come and work with different materials such as clay, wax, paper and wood, with which they can make decorations and figures relating to Christmas. Children will have the opportunity to personally meet Santa and present him with a letter and their wishes for Christmas.

Further events in Candelara will include traditional music from the bagpipes and full musical bands. The program will be completed by street artists, acrobats, jugglers and storytellers.

The central Piazza del Popolo will become the “Square of Flavours”, where there will be tastings and sales of gastronomic excellence of the region. Visitors will be able to enjoy diner by candlelight at one of the many restaurants in the Old Town. Once again this year there will be a limited number of places available in the 18th century Palazzo Gradari for diner by candlelight.

The 50 small wooden houses of the market will be set along a flowing pathway along the central street of the village, they will offer handicrafts, gifts and candles of every shape and size. There will also be two large heated structures where visitors can sample some of the regions wonderful delicacies : Polenta with mushrooms, Salt cod with potatoes, Pasticciata and cooked herbs, grilled meat, piadina, fried olives, apple pancakes, roasted chestnuts and novello wine.

There will also be opportunities to take guided tours at the parish of the XII century and cultural excurtions in Urbino, San leo, Gradara and other locations in the province where other Christmas festivities are taking place.

With the popularity of this wonderful feast the organisers have prepared designated parking stop areas for motorhomes. These visitors will also be able to take advantage of the shuttle bus service that will link every 20 minutes from the parking ares to Pesaro and the centre of the village. The shuttle runs from 10.00 am until 22.30 .


Christmas is also a time when we tend to think more about food and drink as we like to treat our family and friends when they come to visit, but have you ever thought about what foods are traditional in other countries of the world? Why not take a look at the page below and see what other nationalities are cooking up this Christmas. Christmas is also a time for trying out traditional and new ways of cooking meals, cakes, snacks…….. the list goes on, here we have a selection of Christmas recipes from around the world for you to take a look at, and maybe try out … and if you have a special recipe that you would like to share with the world, then you can send it in to us for others to try out to World-wide Christmas Recipes. Who are the most important people at Christmas? yes, of course, its the CHILDREN and we have not left them out, there is a page packed full of Christmas activities to keep them busy ( and Mums everywhere heave a sigh of relief ! ) … take a look at this page and download the information Children’s Christmas page Read about the Christmas Customs and Traditions of the nations of the world and how they differ, or are maybe the same as, ours. … What is the feast of the “Epiphany” or that of “St Lucia“ which countries are these important too? See here the origins of the most beautiful of all the Christmas Carols “Silent Night“, where it came from, who wrote it and listen to the song itself ( look to see which very famous person is singing it!) Have a look at the main Christmas page and see who Father Christmas is, where did he come from, where is he now, and who is St Nicolaus? Send him a letter from the children, browse through some Christmas Market Tours or listen to a new Christmas song on the page there is so much to see and read, so why not do it !! For those of you who want to travel a little further than the local shops this year have a look at Father Christmas in Lapland or maybe (the ultimate treat for Mums – Dads take note ! ) Shopping in New York we have it all right here for you. As Christmas approaches we also think of snow and with that thought comes skiing, skating, sledging and all manner of “Fun in the Snow” things to do which will last for weeks after Christmas time has been and gone. Around Europe there are many places to visit where you can enjoy the winter activities, whether it is before, during or after Christmas. Below you will find a sample of activities and places to look at which you may find will interest or even surprise you. Please take time to have a look.

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