From 20 November 2021 to 6 January 2022, Pisa will host a rich calendar of events organised by Confesercenti Toscana Nord, which won the tender published by the Municipality of Pisa for the management and programming during the Christmas period, including an ice rink, markets, educational tours and guided excursions.
The lighting and installation of Christmas trees will be paid for by the Municipality.
The proposals are as follows:
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II: where there will be the traditional covered ice rink, a LED screen for projecting images from inside the market and a Christmas market;
Piazza del Carmine: small wooden houses for the sale of Christmas decorations;
Logge di Banchi: traditional stalls, themed panels created by the Russoli Institute and Santa's little house where children can post their letters and take a souvenir photo. Unicef stands will be present, hosting other voluntary associations. The market will also be enriched by the presence of activities to raise awareness against the abandonment of pets and in this regard a "little house" has been freely assigned to the association "Code nel Cuore" with "Il Frutteto di Fido".
Piazza Garibaldi: for all the weekends of the period (except for the period between 18 and 24 December), a craft market of ingenuity;
Largo Ciro Menotti: space dedicated to chocolate and Christmas sweets. In the chocolate stand, in the week before Christmas, a "throne" will be set up with a post box for children to deposit their letters. A Santa will welcome the young guests and will have the pleasure of taking photos with them. The Santa will then be replaced by the Befana, who will also welcome the children and listen to their wishes.
Piazza della Pera: exhibition and sale of typical food products from the Italian regions, with particular emphasis on Tuscan products;
Piazza Martiri della Libertà: on Sunday 19 December, a re-use market, thanks to the 'Occhio del Riciclone' association;
Giardino via la Nunziatina: on 10-11-12 and 17-18-19 December, an open space for selected producers to present their craft beer products to the public.
Educational trails and guided tours: organised tours with the little train departing from the city centre to visit both the Park and the city, and educational walking trails within the city.
8 December at 5.30 p.m., lighting of the Palazzo Blu Christmas tree: once again this year the Fondazione Pisa is working with HERA to set up the Christmas tree in front of Palazzo Blu, an artistic and sustainable tree on which many school children are working.
From the old town centre to the coast: it will be a festive December for the whole city with initiatives organised by Confcommercio Provincia di Pisa with the patronage and contribution of the Municipality of Pisa. A rich programme designed for a public of all ages that will bring the magical Christmas atmosphere to the streets of Pisa, Marina di Pisa and Tirrenia, in compliance with anti-Covid regulations.
From Saturday (on 4-5, 7-8, 10-11-12 December) the Arsenali Repubblicani will be transformed into an authentic Christmas village with "La Fabbrica di Babbo Natale" (Santa's Factory) conceived by the Pubbli-Eventi association in collaboration with Confcommercio Pisa.
From Sunday 5 and Wednesday 8, Sunday 12 and Sunday 19 December, the market in Via Paparelli will be transformed into the "Christmas Market", open all day: an unmissable event organised by Fiva Confcommercio Pisa.
The afternoon of Saturday 11th December from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. will see Via San Francesco in the spotlight with "La Via en Rose in festa".
Saturday, December 18, the first appointment with "Maiorca Christmas Time", the event organized in Marina di Pisa by Confcommercio Marina di Pisa in collaboration and with the contribution of Sib (Italian Union of Bathers), and the company Ber.da.pel.
A show that will be repeated a few hours before Christmas Eve in Tirrenia with "The magic of Christmas on the coast", organised by the board Confcommercio Tirrenia in collaboration and with the contribution of Sib and Ber.da.pel.. Thursday, December 23 from 3 pm in Via dei Fiori will stage an exciting show presented by Silvia Spagnoli, Niki The Voice and the DJ Paolo Ferrari, with music and entertainment, the dances of the gym New Continental Fitness, including sweets, music and Christmas colours and the arrival of Father Christmas, who will bring gadgets and many surprises for children.
Until 24 December 2021, in Emergency's Christmas space in Via S. Lorenzo, 78; Afghan handicrafts, accessories made from recycled materials, jewellery, ceramics and artefacts from all over the world, sweets and Christmas delicacies, games for children and, again, many ideas to support the right to care for those who are victims of war and poverty.
On Sunday 19 December 2021, at 5 p.m., in the Church of San Michele in Borgo (Pisa, Borgo stretto, 10), the Association of the students of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, in collaboration with the Circolo Culturale San Francesco, offers the entire population a musical initiative to end the year and exchange greetings, in view of the festivities: "Et pastores venerunt", a concert for organ and viola by the Duo Galanti (Sara Galanti, viola; Antonio Galanti, organ).
The title of the performance recalls the link with Christmas. According to the story of the birth of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke, the shepherds were the first to come to the manger: they are traditionally associated with typical musical instruments and singing melodies, recalled in organ writing by composers such as Frescobaldi, Pasquini and Zipoli, whose "Pastorals" will be the leitmotif of the evening. These will be joined by pieces for organ and viola and solo viola, taken from some of the most famous pages of the classical repertoire (Bach, Bréval, Stamitz and Telemann).
Admission is free of charge (with a green pass for vaccination or recovery).