Weekend of 17-19 December: what to do in Arezzo area

Last weekend before Christmas, with an unmissable program of events, starting from the billboard “Arezzo City of Christmas” that with its many attractions invites us to live the magical atmosphere of this time of year.
Many theatrical events with music as protagonist: gospel, classical, contemporary.

Arezzo City of Christmas: protagonist the wonder

The calendar of “Arezzo Città del Natale” (Arezzo Christmas Town) continues and until next January 9th offers a series of events that allow you to experience the magical atmosphere of this time of year. There are many opportunities for shopping with the “Market of Wonders” of Prato, rich in typical gastronomic products and many curiosities. In the nearby Piazza Grande, shines the Tyrolean Village, where exhibitors from Tyrol, Germany and Austria offer Christmas objects and typical products. Traditional markets are also set up in Piazza San Jacopo and Piazza Risorgimento while in Piazza Guido Monaco there is a market of handmade arts. Not to be missed are the light installations that, at the first shadows of evening, light up the buildings of the historic center and offer an unusual reading of the architecture, accompanying the visitor on a fascinating and spectacular itinerary. In the large green area of the Prato, the high Ferris wheel offers a view that sweeps over the city, with the beauty of the landscape that changes during the hours of the day. For the youngest and not only, there is the “Christmas Brick Arezzo” the Christmas village made with the most famous bricks in the world: more than three hundred square meters of exhibition and workshops. The youngest are instead expected to the House of Santa Claus, set up in the Palace of Fraternity in Piazza Grande.
A wide range of collateral events will enrich the weekend program. Saturday 18 at 16.00 in the area of the Prato “The sleigh without horses”, a beautiful sleigh of 1820, perfectly restored, is driven by an eccentric coachman in Victorian clothes, while a real Santa Claus welcomes children. At 4.30 p.m. exhibition of the Musicians of the Saracen Joust in a journey through the history of Arezzo. At 19.00 at the Pieve di Santa Maria, night exhibition of the Sbandieratori della Giostra del Saracino in games of skill and acrobatics that have enchanted the world.
Sunday 19 December at 17.00 at the Prato “The Dance of the Unicorns and the Butterflies of Light”, a show with giant unicorns accompanied by winged waders in the form of elegant luminous butterflies.
The associations of tourist guides propose, for Saturday and Sunday, guided tours accompanying small groups to discover the historical and artistic beauties of the city. Saturday 18, at 15.00 and at 16.30, at the Casa Museo Ivan Bruschi “Un sacco di storie”, with two storytellers telling children the most beautiful stories of Christmas. Sunday, December 19 “Waiting for Christmas in the Fortress”, at 11.00 am the visit “The Medici Fortress of Sangallo and the ancient citadel of Arezzo disappeared, between architecture and important people: An asset returned to the city. At 16.00 the guided tour “The fortress and the Prato at dusk with the magic of the sunset and the suggestion of the four valleys. A journey through time and beauty.
Arezzo City of Christmas – the full program

The Toscana Gospel Festival

Toscana Gospel Festival in 2021 celebrates its 25th edition and until January 1 offers a program with thirteen concerts that bring the gospel, its powerful and overwhelming music in churches and theaters of the territory. Friday, December 17 at the municipal theater of Bucine will sing Nate Brown and One Voice, Saturday, December 18 in the charming church of San Francesco in Sansepolcro come the irresistible Women of God and Sunday, December 19 at the Teatro Petrarca in Arezzo will be held the Pastor Ron Gospel Show.
Toscana Gospel Festival – full program

South Wave Festival in Arezzo

Appointment in Arezzo with the 2021 edition of the Sud Wave Festival, Friday 17 and Saturday, December 18 to discover the best music of Southern Europe with the performance of over 30 artists, involved in original productions, premieres and Italian exclusives. The stage of the Teatro Petrarca comes alive with a wide program of initiatives and concerts. Friday, December 17 (2.30-6.30 pm), national final Arezzo Wave Music Contest 2021, while at 9 pm Sudwave Festival, with the performance of Marinho, who represented Portugal in Groningen for Eurosonic 2021. Saturday, December 18 (16.00-19.00 at the Casa della Musica, Palazzo della Fraternita dei Laici), Sudwave Convention and Dante Rock, three meetings to talk about music with the artistic producer Claudio Trotta, who will receive the award “Arezzo Wave Station”. At 21.00 at the Teatro Petrarca, Dante Rock, the final event of the competition Sudwave 2021 that has
involving more than 500 artists from all over Italy and saw the victory of the emerging Golconda. It will be an evening of music made unique in Italy by the interventions of Elio with Maestro Roberto Fabbriciani, the winner among the young talents Golconda, and again the presence of Paolo Benvegnù, Casa del Vento, Mau Mau, Modena City Ramblers, Petra Magoni, Finaz and Nuto.
South Wave Festival, the program

Hunting in the city of Arezzo – A team game

Saturday, December 18 from 16.00 to 18.00 “Treasure Hunt”, to spend an afternoon in the historic center of Arezzo, discovering its historical and architectural secrets. A fun event, suitable for adults and young people, which involves a team game of puzzles and crossword puzzles in order to recover a precious sculpture! It will be a journey back in time, to the era of conflicts between Guelphs and Ghibellines, to try to bring a dangerous thief to justice. Here all the details of the initiative and how to participate (https://www.discoverarezzo.com/eventi/caccia-in-citta-ad-arezzo-un-gioco-di-squadra).
Waiting for Christmas among events, markets and cribs
Throughout the province of Arezzo, numerous appointments in anticipation of Christmas. A Montevarchi Saturday, December 18 from 16.30 parade of Disney characters, arrival of Santa Claus in a carriage, from 19.00 live music in the squares of the city. Sunday, December 19 at 16.30 in Piazza Varchi, circus show “AgGRAPPAto” by the Company of Grimorio.

A Cortona continues the program “Cortona Christmas 2021” with Saturday, December 18 at 15.30, the magic Disney along the streets of Camucia, with forty figures of the most beautiful Disney fairy tales and at 18.00 at the Church of San Filippo, the concert of the Choir of Lauds Cortonesi. Sunday 19 at 16.00 “Snowfall in Piazza della Repubblica” with the Christmas Choir by Eva Ensemble directed by Roberto Tofi and at 17.00 A Sansepolcro, animation with markets and events for children in the afternoon of Saturday 18 and Sunday, December 19 in the streets of the historic center. Open the cribs at the church of Santa Marta and the crib of Gricignano.
All Christmas events on Discover Arezzo