The following article appears on Walks of Italy.
Christmas is a major holiday in Italy, which means Italians celebrate several unique traditions! Across Italy, Natale tends to be a family-centric holiday, a time to stay at home (and eat!) with loved ones.
But customs also vary from city to city, from exactly which dishes are served, to when to open presents, making every region an intriguing place to enjoy the holidays.
Want to learn how to experience Christmas like an Italian? Here are some of the most popular Christmas traditions in Italy, and how to celebrate them!
In other countries, Thanksgiving (or even Halloween) signals the start of the Christmas season. In Italy, though, Christmas officially kicks off with the Day of the Immaculate Conception of Mary on December 8. This is when decorations go up (both on the streets and inside Italian homes) and when some Christmas markets start up.
Decorations and giant Christmas trees can be found in main piazzas, like in front of the Colosseum or in Milan’s Piazza Duomo, and Babbo Natale (Father Christmas, the Italian version of Santa Claus) spreads holiday cheer. Continue reading at Walks of Italy.