The holiday season is here and the children are eagerly waiting for the gifts and the sweet delicacies whilst decorating the Christmas tree with colorful candy canes and ornaments. It is heartwarming to see the innocent kids believing in Santa Claus and trying their best to be in his good books. Let us make this year even more special to the kids and give them an opportunity to meet the man from the North Pole. Here are some places where you can meet Santa Claus in Italy while also enjoying the winter breeze and the warm Christmas spirit in the land of fashion, food, and art.
Top 9 Places Where You Can Meet Santa Claus In Italy
Here are the best places in Italy where you’re most likely to bump into Santa to demand your Christmas presents! So, which of these will you try first?
1. Riva del Garda
Situated on the shores of the Lake Garda is the charismatic resort called Riva del Garda. It is a popular spot for weekend getaways and is the place to head to during Christmas to meet Mr and Mrs Santa Claus at their house. Casa di Babbo Natale (Santa’s house) is open every weekend and has a lot of activities for young children including workshops for elves.
Kids can write their letters to Santa Claus or just browse through his house. Mr and Mrs Claus entertain kids with games and stories and provide unprecedented happiness to innocent kids. Adults can either join their kids in the activities or have a trip around the island resort that also houses a museum or just enjoy a swim in the lake and explore some waterfalls and the caves.
Location: La Rocca, Civic Museum, Piazza Battisti, Riva del Garda, Italy.
Entry fee: INR 560 per person
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2. Chianciano Terme
Chianciano Terme is a small town located in Tuscany, a few kilometers away from Florence. A Santa Claus Village has been set up in the Aquasanta Park to give the kids a glimpse of Santa’s abode. It is a perfect Christmas holiday as the children get to ride the Polar Express in order to pass through the village. The Santa Claus village has a carnival vibe to it complete with the Ferris wheel, light shows, street food, and carousels.
The kids can enjoy any of the brilliant stage performances or browse through the house of elves. The village also has a maze created for the children to discover the path to the Christmas markets and a huge dinosaur park is set up a few meters away from the village where children can actually meet up a few palaeontologists and gather some intriguing information about the life-sized dinosaur figurines. Children can meet Santa on weekends and give him their wishlist. Adults can equally enjoy this village other than the museum and the thermal pools in the town.
Location: Consorzio Chiancia, Siena, Chianciano Terme, Tuscany, Italy
Entry fee: INR 1200 per person
3. Salsomaggiore Terme
A Santa house is set up amidst the stunning Art Nouveau and Art Deco of northern Italy. Located in the Parma province, Salsomaggiore Terme is a town surrounded by the wonderful nature trails and castles. The stunning backdrop of the valley and the weather on Christmas in Italy makes this place the best Italian town for Christmas. The Santa Claus’s house is guarded by the reindeer and the kids are expected to post their letters before entering the house.
The children can treat themselves to a cup of hot cocoa and various workshops in the vicinity while the elves deliver their letters personally. Kids can also expect a few shows and treats in the house of Santa before they get a chance to meet him. Adults can as well roam around in the serene town and visit the vineyards and castles while children enjoy their date with the Father of Christmas. The house is open on weekdays as well.
Location: Palazzo dei Congressi, Viale Romagnosi 7, Parma, Italy
Entry fee: INR 950 per person
Govone is located in Cuneo a few kilometers away from Turin in northern Italy. It is the best Italian town for Christmas. The magical land of Christmas ( Il Magico Paese di Natale) is set up in this town every year and attracts thousands of tourists. Every weekend a Christmas market is set up where stage performances take place to entertain the kids. Animated stories are lighted up in the Castello di Govone. The castle is transformed into an enchanted land of tales related to Santa Claus which gives one a Disneyland experience. The land of Christmas is also lined with a number of Christmas shops and delicacies to satisfy one’s guilty pleasure.
Location: Piazza Vittorio Emanuele 1, Govone, Cuneo, Italy
Entry fee: INR 550 per person
Located in the Piedmont province, Ornavasso is famous for the grotto of Santa Claus. The cave of Santa Claus is situated on the shores of Lake Maggiore and is known for the fact that the marbles used to build the Duomo in Milan and Florence were from this particular grotto. A park is created around the cave where various games and activities are conducted for the busy bees.
Children can handover their letters to Santa through the twergis lurking around and also get a customized photo souvenir. The park also houses museums and workshops on ancient crafts. The kids can meet Santa Claus as he arrives on his sleigh with real reindeers followed by parades and musical performances. The grotto in itself is worth visiting and one can find lifesize nativity scenes created around the caves.
Location: Lake Maggiore, Ornavasso, Verbania, Piedmont, Italy
Entry fee: INR 1000 per person
A small town in Turin, Rivoli comes up with the village of Santa Claus every year amidst the beautiful medieval setting of the town. The Santa Claus village houses many shows and musical performances along with Christmas markets and other activities. A skating rink is set up in the vicinity where kids and adults can enjoy the activity at a nominal price. After meeting up with Santa Claus one can take their kids around the medieval town either to visit the museums and castles or just hike through the wonderful Susa Valley.
Location: Piazza Matteotti, Rivoli, Turin, Italy
Entry fee: INR 250
A magical village of Santa Claus is created every year in an amusement park called Gardaland in northeast Italy. Apart from the thrilling rides in the park, the kids can enjoy the Christmas magic in the village in any of the five themed rooms. One can enjoy the mini mondo setting of the native scenes, the ice forest, the post office, the elves, and their laboratory along with a trip to the house of Santa Claus. This year, the kids can meet Santa Claus in the SEA aquarium located in the park. The kids have a lot of activities to engage in around the park while adults can indulge in some magical Christmas experiences too.
Location: Piazza Valle dei Re, Gardaland, Veneto, Italy
Entry fee: INR 1200 per person
The house of Santa Claus is located in the famous Indro Montelli Gardens opposite Porta Venezia in Milan. The beautiful gardens provide a perfect setting for the magical place of Mr and Mrs Claus. The house is open on all days until Christmas where children can meet Santa Claus and give him their letter of Christmas wishes. The kids are served with a cup of hot cocoa in the cold weather on Christmas in Italy and are allowed to spend some time with Santa listening to his stories.
Location: Indro Montanelli gardens, Milan
Entry fee: Free
A flover Christmas village is created in Bussolengo to entertain the kids and adults alike. The village is filled with Christmas markets and decorations. The nativity scene is created everywhere in the park and many interesting shows and activities are arranged in the village. The Flover village makes a perfect weekend getaway for the family. A toy factory, tasting sessions, and workshops on gift making can be seen in the village where the kids can have a field day. This town in Verona has many other attractions such as a zoo and a safari park, a water park and the historic monuments spread across the city.
Location: Villagio Flover, Bussolengo, Verona, Italy
Entry fee: INR 160 per person
Italy is a magical wonderland during Christmas, filled with soft snow and warm hearts. Make this holiday season even more exceptional to your kids by bringing them to these places where you can meet Santa Claus in Italy. If you are looking for a fun-filled holiday with the kids this winter, plan your trip to Italy with TravelTriangle and lose yourself in this fascinating white wonderland!
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