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Christmas in Terni
Christmas in Terni

Christmas magic will land in Terni, bringing several events among artistic and living cribs, concerts and markets that will accompany the town and its district throughout the holidays' period. 

Artistic and living cribs


  • Saint Marc's Cenacle
    Traditional closed and open dioramas
    From 17 December 2016 to 6 January 2017
    Time : from Monday to Friday: 4 pm  –7.30 pm; Saturday and Sunday: 10 am – 12.30 pm and 4 pm – 7.30 pm;  Holidays: 24 December 10 am – 12.30 pm; 25 December 4 pm – 7.30 pm; 26 December 10 am – 12.30 pm / 4 pm – 7.30 pm; 31 December 10 am – 12.30 pm; 1 January 4 pm – 7.30 pm; 6 January 10 am – 12.30 pm /4 pm – 7.30 pm
  • Terni's Chamber of Commerce
    Exhibition of craft and sacred art cribs with about 30 cribs made by artisans.
    From 23 December 2016 to 6 January 2017 
    Time: from 4 pm to 7.30 pm, open all days except 25 December 2016 and 1 January 2017
  • Jute's crib
    Via del Piviere - Borgo Rivo
    The crib wants to pay a tribute to the tradition of Centurini's Jute Plant. Families of this village host open-air crib's paintings made with jute's elements as well as other wooden and metallic materials.
    From 11 December 2016 to 6 January 2017
    Time: can be always seen and visited

  • Traditional artistic crib and cave cribs
    Cesi, Terni district
    26 December 2016, 1 and 6 January 2017

  • Piediluco, Crib along the lake
    From 8 December 2016 to 12 January 2017
    Time: can be visited all the day

  • Piediluco, Saint Francis' Church
    Artistic crib illuminated with 50 cm high statues.
    Time: from 8 am to 7 pm
  • Porzano, Living Crib
    Living crib with about 80 characters along all the village.
    26 December 2016, 1 and 6 January 2017
    Time: from 5 to around 7 pm



  • Living crib: The crib includes 150 characters and winds its way through the typical village's alleys. Beyond re-enacting the event of Belem's birth, it wants to recreate the craft and commercial activities made by ancestors in the town.
    26 December 2016, 1 and 8 January 2017
    Time:  4.30 pm – 7.30 pm
    For information:




Calvi dell'Umbria

  • Saint Antony's Church, P.zza G.
1545 monumental artistic crib made by more than 30 earthenware life-sized statues, painted with glass paint. 
Time:  Saturday from 3 to 6 pm; Sunday and holidays 11 am – 1 pm/ 3 – 6 pm.
Special opening hours for Christmas holidays are available on the website. 

  • Orsoline's Museum, Via D. Radici
    Permanent Exhibition of handmade cribs: 16 cribs in Neapolitan, Sicilian and Roman style, made by local artisans.
    Time: Saturday from 3 to 6 pm; Sunday and holidays 11 am – 1 pm/ 3 – 6 pm.
    Special opening hours for Christmas holidays are available on the website. 

  • Living crib in the Bufalari area, Santa Maria della Neve's district.
    One of the first Umbrian living cribs, with more than 100 characters who give life to nativities performances in a highly inspiring scenery. The manger is located in a breathtaking spot, at the foot of a mountain that provides the setting for the whole performance.
    25 December 2016, 1 and 6 January 2017
    Time: from 6 pm


    • Traditional Cribs' Itinerary
      Visit of artistic cribs along the Ferentillo – Nicciano hiking trail.  
      6 January 2017
      Time: departure at 9 am from Ferentillo Church's Square. 
      Excursion's journey time: 4 hours, difficulty E.



    • Artistic crib made by the master watchmaker Giuseppe Romani. The crib has a perspective that through a play of mirrors creates a 50-60 meters sense of depth.
      From 24 December 2016 to 31 January 2017
      Time:all Christmas holidays from 3 to 7 pm. During working days call the number: 0744 389268.


    • Artistic crib, Narni's cathedral:  Crib made with life-sized statues and composed of around 20 pieces, between characters and animals; some statues are handmade. 
      From 3 December 2016 to 8 January 2017
    • Artistic crib in Itieli, Narni's district: Handmade, represents interesting places of Terni's district such as Marmore' waterfalls, the Narni's Franciscan Cave and the small Itieli's village. 
      From 6 December 2016 to 6 January 2017
      Time: every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 5 pm to 8 pm.


    San Gemini

    • Exhibition of artistic and handmade cribs:  Cribs made by the Cribs Committee in collaboration with citizens and schools with different materials and techniques. The "Crib in the village" is particularly interesting: it is prepared in the center of San Giovanni Battista's Church that represents San Gemini's spots, its history as well as traditions over the years and it is handmade. Another loved crib is the one inside the Church of Saint Carl, made with the Infiorata's technique. 
      From 8 December 2016 to 8 January 2017



    • Travelling living crib with 150 characters
      26 December 2016, 1 and 6 January 2017
      Time: from 4 pm


    Christmas markets


    • P.zza dei Bambini and delle Bambine (P.zza Solferino) and P.zza Europa
      Christmas markets
      8 December - 6 January
      Time: all the day



    • Along streets and in squares: living angels, carols, games, markets, letters to Santa Claus. 
      8 December, at 2 pm



    • Christmas magic:  Christmas markets, opening of Santa Claus' house and different attractions along the village's streets. Some stands with street-food will be prepared and the typical medieval oven will be open. Furthermore, the "Elves tavern" will be open and it will be possible to taste local typical products there. 
      From 8 to 11 December

    Other events


    • Torchlight for the star
      At L.go Volfango Frankl at 6.30 pm departure of a relay that, from Miranda with a torch, will light up the traditional Christmas Star that will illuminate all Terni's valley until the 6th January. 
      8 December at 5 pm
    • Prize "The golden star" 
      Town Hall – Spada Palace
      In the presence of civil and religious authorities, "The golden star" will be attributed to personalities that have most distinguished themselves for the significant efforts towards those who suffer. 
      8 December at 5 pm
    • Hermans Festival's Concert
      S. Maria M. Collegiate Church – Collescipoli
      8 December at 6 pm
    • Christmas' Concert
      Saint Francis Church 
      10 December
    • Saint Lucia's Fair, V.le Nobili
      11 December
    • 20th Arabian Phoenix Concert Season 
      Gazzoli Auditorium
      11 and 18 December at 5.30 pm
    • Hermans Festival Christmas night's concert
      Saint Maria M. Collegiate Church – Collescipoli
      24 December at 10.30 pm
    • Descent of Epiphany and "her helpers"
      Cesi, Terni's district - Saint Angel's Church
      5 January, at 9 pm
    • Christmas in Saint Francis and Saint Valentine's lands: a journey among some of the most beautiful Umbrian villages to discover their beautiful cribs through a travelling circuit.
      For further information click here


    • Coming's Feast
      In memory of the "Lady's coming" the Arrone's Campanari group will ring the bells at 10 pm. Tradition wants that big bonfires are lit, as a sign of redemption and to illuminate the track. A bonfire will be lit in Piazza Garibaldi at 8 pm and local products will be distributed. 
      9 December
    • Let's ring European bells to support human rights 
      Bells will be rung as expression of solidarity to support human rights, in conjunction with bell-ringers of European cities taking part to the initiative. 
      10 December at 8 pm
    • Epiphany is coming from the river 
      Arrone's kayak center
      Canoes accompanied by torches will descend the Nera River by carrying the Epiphany that will stop on the lawn in front of the kayak center, bringing stockings full of cakes to be distributed among all kids. 
      6 January at 5 pm



    • Pasquarella of the Abbadia: Christmas traditional popular songs along the village's streets with the choir of Valnerina's singers. 
      From 24 to 30 December and from 2 to 6 January
      Time: 3 - 7 pm



    • Funland and the ice rink 
      Narni Scalo
      8 December - 6 January



    • Flavia Firma Sixteenth Legion's oath: A step back in time at the epoch of Marco Aurelio Emperor to live the fascination of the ancient Rome in one day. Sacramentum and pennant's handover: historical re-enactment of the Roman Legion's birth.
      11 December at 4 pm 



    • Descent of the epiphany from the bell tower.
      Saint Nicola Church, P.zza della Libertà
      The distribution of gifts at the conferences' hall will take place in the Museum Center of the Stroncone's Speleological Group. 
      6 January at 2.30 pm


    For the complete program, click  here.

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