Christmas in Orvieto

Christmas in Orvieto

The Cliff's Town, during the holiday time, becomes even more inspiring: its splendid alleys host markets, cribs and many other Christmas initiatives.

In December and January don't miss the occasion to visit Orvieto and its territory, to discover the area's treasures by immersing in the magic holidays atmosphere. 

Artistic and living cribs


  • Nativity in Orvieto 2016: circuit of artistic, handicraft and traditional cribs, set up in cavities, cellars and churches of the historical center and of some municipalities. The circuit includes around 22 cribs.
    From 18 December 2016 to 8 January 2017
  • 28th Crib in the Well:  particular crib set up in the Pozzo della Cava, an inspiring big cave of Etruscan origin. The set up and leading theme is different for each edition. The year's theme is "The scandal's man".
    Pozzo della Cava
    From 23 December 2016 to 8 January 2017
    Opening time: 9 am/8 pm
    For information: 



  • Natale di Civitellarte
    From 17 December 2016 to 6 January 2017
    For information:  

Castel Viscardo

  • Cribs on display: exhibition of traditional cribs and reinterpretations
    From 23 December 2016 to 8 January 2017
    For information: 
  • The cribs' route: cribs set up in the houses' cellars by inhabitants of the nice medieval village of Monterubiaglio. The Sunday before Christmas will enrich itself with a food and wine route made up with traditional Christmas cakes.  
    Municipality of Monterubiaglio
    From 17 December 2016 to 7 January 2017
    For information:


  • Magic Christmas: (calendar to be defined) theme concerts of different musical genres in the village's churches.
Theatre performances and activities for kids.
Living crib: travelling crib, with workstations dedicated to different themes, re-enactment of Jesus' birth and some parables of him. The 150 characters, accompanied by pipers' music, animate some trades' workshops and offer tastings of typical products to visitors. 
From 22 December 2016 to 8 January 2017
For information:


  • Living Crib in the medieval village: re-enactment of Jesus' birth and of the life of the time. 120 characters animate streets, squares and workshops of ancient trades.
    Municipality of Tenaglie
    24/26 December 2016 and 1 January 2017
    Opening time: 24 December, from 10 pm to 12 am
    26 and 27 December, from 5 to 7 pm
    For information:

Monteleone d'Orvieto

  • Living crib – 37th edition: the event re-enact aspects, situations, habits and traditions of Palestine at the Roman Empire age. 
    24/ 26 December 2016 and 6 January 2017
    Opening time: 24 December, 10 pm – 12 am and 6 January, 4.30 – 7 pm
    For information:


  • Living crib in the historical center: the ancient street of the village turns into an inspiring frame for the historical re-enactment of the Gospel's Belem. Beyond 60 characters recreate life scenes within 19 different places such as cellars and caves, properly set up with low lights, torches, sacred and Christmas music. 
    25 December
    Opening time: from 5 to 7 pm
    For information:

Christmas Markets


  • Holidays markets: markets in the medieval district (handicraft, gastronomy, typical products, comics).
    Via Filippeschi
    From 8th to 11th December, 17 and 18 December, from 27 December 2016 to 1st January 2017


Other events in Orvieto


  • The speaking book: festival of meetings with writers who have been protagonists of the last literary season.
    Palazzo dei Sette
    From the 7th to the 11th December
  • Art and Faith International Festival 
    From the 4th to the 11th December
  • International conference of Etruria history and archeology
    Congress Center Palazzo del Popolo
    From the 9th to the 11th December
    For infromation:
  • Umbria Jazz Winter
    From 28 December 2016 to 1st January 2017
    For information:
  • 2016/2017 Theatre season at the Teatro Mancinelli
    For information
  • Santa Claus in Ciconia
    17 - 18/12, Christmas Market with hobbyists
    17/12, at 4 pm, Performance of street artists
    18/12, at 10 am, Small Marathon of Santa Claus, walk open to everyone
    Evening with music and dinner in the square offering flat bread, porchetta and local 
    For information: Associazione Culturale Ciconiaviva


  • Bazar in Allerona: handicraft market, music, activities for kids
    11th December at 3 pm
    For information:

Castel Viscardo

  • Christmas in Castel Viscardo
    23.12, at 5 pm – Let's lighten Christmas. Travelling readings for kids and lighting of the Christmas Tree in Piazza Gen. Cimicchi.
    24.12, at 5 pm - Arrival of Santa Claus in Piazza Gen. Cimicchi. Tasting of hot chocolate.
    25.12, at 12.30 am – Exchange of greetings for Christmas and distribution of mulled wine, after the Midnight Mass.
    1.01, at 4.30 pm, former Council Hall – New Year's bingo
    6.01, at 4.30 pm, former Council Hall – Epiphany's bingo
    For information:


  • Santa Claus' hike
    Walk for amateurs in the historical center.
    11 December 2016
    Departure Time: 6 pm
    For information:
For the complete program, click  here.

Editors are exonerated from any responsibility concerning changes occurring at the present program.

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