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Taormina at Christmas time

Visiting Taormina at Christmas time can be magical: the city lights up and the streets are full of decorations.

In the main panoramic square, Piazza IX Aprile, from December 8th a majestic Christmas tree shines and the public garden has been decorated with glimmering lights to become Santa Clause’s house.

Along the main street, Corso Umberto, it is possible to hear Christmas songs playing from speakers strategically located on commercial buildings. Also, on specific days, you will find some pianos located in corners and squares, for the project “Taormina in Concerto: Pianoforti sul Corso“.

Music has an important place in the Christmas program arranged by the municipality: several concerts will be hosted in different locations of the city.


Here is a list of the main music events you can join during your stay in Taormina at Christmas time:


  • December 19th, Candle Light concert (square);
  • December 23rd, American Gospel “Florida Fellowship Super Choir”
  • December 30th, Orchestra Gioviale of the City concert

Palazzo dei Congressi

  • December 17th, “Cantu d’amuri memorial” show by Taormina players, the local TV host Salvo La Rosa and the comedian Sasà Salvaggio;
  • January 1st, Orchestra A Plettro NewYears’ Eve concert

Santa Caterina’s church

  • December 15th, Tetra Kordes’ concert
  • December 27th, Candle Light concert (square);
  • January 6th, Super Opera Trio Lyric concert

Furthermore, in the district of Trappitello, a traditional living nativity scene (Presepe Vivente) will be set from December 26 -30th and from January 1st – 7th (except January 4th).

Another tradition that you experience in Taormina on Christmas night, is the lighting in the main squares of the city of the typical Christmas bonfires ( named “Zuccata“). During New Year’s Eve night is also a tradition to wait midnight all together to celebrate the New Year in Piazza Duomo.

The Zuccata

For the complete list of events, you can check the program.

Taormina at Christmas time is quieter than in summertime as there are fewer tourists. Therefore if you do not love the crowd this could be an ideal time to visit the city and its landmarks.

During your stay in Taormina, you can spend one day visiting Mount Etna which is less than one hour driving from Taomina!