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Sant’Agata Feltria – Christmas Markets in Italy
Sant’Agata Feltria Mercatini di Natale – Marche

Dates : 25 November 2 – 8 – 9 – 16 December 2018

The Christmas Village – Il Paese del Natale

This Christmas Market is a must for all those who love Christmas Markets, an enchanting atmosphere surrounds the streets of this medieval village. On the Sundays of Advent, the Christmas Market of Sant’Agata Feltria draws thousands of visitors to enjoy the sights, sounds and aromas of the Christmas season. Visitors can stroll through the charming village to the sounds of bagpipes, and traditional Christmas music, and admire the handcrafted cribs on display in via Battelli, the oldest street in the village.There are more cribs around Fregoso Fortress. There are original gift ideas and beautiful decorations.

In the Piazza del Mercato (Market Square), there is the House of Santa Claus, here his elves organise events for the younger guests. Outside this magical house are two of Santa’s reindeers who pull a sleigh around the village driven by a true Laplander. Here children can realise their dream of meeting Santa Claus and deliver their letters to his elves. The elves also invite children to their special office where they can draw pictures and write letters to Santa. Children can recognise the House of Santa Claus and that of the elves by the smell of the special Christmas Chocolate and Hot Chocolate drink, and that of the special almond biscuits. Elves are very important as they have been around since the “dawn of time” and they visit the homes of children to make sure that they are being good, which of course they always are!!

During Advent the restaurants in Sant’Agata Feltria serve food from a menu called “Advent Dishes” which are prepared following local Christmas traditions and customs. There is also food to be sampled in “the manger”, a large covered heated stand with a cosy atmosphere.

Regional things to look out for and purchase : Formaggio di fossa of Sant’Agata, Chestnuts of Montefeltro and the white truffle of Sant’Agata.

Official website : www.prolocosantagatafeltria.com

Christmas

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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Food plays a very important part in the season of Goodwill and Festive Cheer. Here we have a selection of recipes from around the globe which we hope will help you to prepare for Christmas.

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Find Puzzles, word searches, letters to print of for Santa plus much more here, in the Kids Corner

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