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November 26, 2011

December in Parma

Christmas time!
Discover the different activities organised by the city of Parma.
The Christmas tree will be inaugurated on Dec. 8 piazza Garibaldi.

Share the joy of Christmas:
December 8 at 4 pm: Benefit concert at Santa Annunziata church in favour of people affected by the recent flash floods in Liguria.
Give used (but still usable) toys to Comunità di Sant'Egidio on December 8 (piazzale Barezzi).
All the initiatives of Parma's non-profit organisations for Christmas are listed here.

Mercati di Natale (Christmas market):
French market, December 4-6 from 9 am to 8 pm, Piazza Ghiaia: cheese, bread, wine and more!
Piazza Garibaldi inside the igloo, Nov. 25-27, Dec. 2-4, Dec. 8-11.
Antiques and vintage, December 1-4 at Fiera di Parma.
Piazza della Steccata, AltroMercato, fair trade handicraft and goodies.
Via d'Azeglio on December 4, Via Garibaldi and strada della Repubblica on December 11.
At Barilla Center from December 16 to 18.
In various cities of the province (Collecchio, Traversetolo, etc) and a live Christmas crib (crèche vivante) in Basilicagoiano with gospel concert.


Casa dei Bimbi is back! Piazza Garibaldi from Dec. 13 to Jan. 8.

Workshops, dance, readings, etc, are proposed every day to children aged 3-9. Leave your kids in the hands of the staff and go shopping or relax!

Cinema: Happy Feet 2, Lion King 3 D, Tintin (Sat. 10 at Cinema d'Azeglio).
'Principessa a corte', a guided tour of the castle of Fontanellato with Princess Rapunzel. December 4 at 3:30 pm, upon booking at 0521 82 90 55.
Teatro delle Briciole, Teatro del Cerchio, EuropaTeatri, Teatro del Vicolo offer shows for kids.
Activities at Libri e Formiche and RosaLimone. Workshops at L'atelier del Borgo.
Finalmente Domenica every Sunday until Dec. 18 at Barilla Center.

Ice skating every day! Piazzale Picelli or at Euro Torri.

Thank you to Vanja for sharing this: Brontosaurus weekend Saturday and Sunday!

New Year Concert on Jan. 1st, tickets on sale at Teatro Regio.
Aperitivi alla Casa della Musica until May 2012
For Regulars Only every Saturday evening until Christmas
Nuove Atmosfere, a series of 13 concerts until May 2012.
Parma Jazz Frontiere until December 4.

"Dalla matita al pennello", exhibition of drawings and sketchs by Amedeo Bocchi until Dec. 31.
Very interesting exhibition: "Parma: immagini della città dal Ducato all’Unità d’Italia" at Fondazione Cariparma until Feb. 19.

The original ones, movies in original version until Dec. 13.

Out of town:
In Fidenza Festival "for kids only".
Theater and cinema for kids every Sunday in Collecchio until Dec. 18.
Last days to admire Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition at the Fondazione Magnani-Rocca until Dec. 11.

Outside the province:
In Ferrara exhibition "Gli anni folli" Paris at the time of Dali, Picasso and Modigliani until January 2012.
In Pavia exhibition Degas, Lautrec e Zandò a Pavia: mostra al Castello Visconteo da Settembre a Dicembre 2011 Eventi a Milano
"Les Folies de Montmartre", Degas, Lautrec e Zandò until December 18.
In Milano "Cézanne, les ateliers du midi" until February 26, 2012.
In Torino "Moda in Italia", 150 years of Italian high fashion until January 8, 2012.

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