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December 2, 2013

Parma In December, 2013

It's Holiday Time in Parma!
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Christmas events
Dec 8 - Santa Lucia in Piazza Garibaldi (mercatino);
Dec 8, 15, 22, 29 Christmas Carol in Piazza Ghaia;
Natale in Fiera through Dec 12;
Christmas Events in Colorno;
Castello di Babbo Natale a Fontanellato Dec 11;
Parma and Piacenza Castles This Christmas Month - check out the events here - Also noted here are NEW YEARS' EVE events and dinners (reserve in advance!);
Mercantini di Natale a Borgotaro and Compiano;
I racconti di Natale;
Barilla Center Dec 2 -6 visit Father Christmas;
Ice skating rink at Euro Torri open until mid-February;
Ice skating rink piazza Pellicelli open until mid-February.

The Big News is the opening of the Parma Retail shopping center. You'll find lots of your favorite stores from the center under one well as a lot of traffic on the road to get there!

New Year's Eve
Parma Events (for a younger crowd!);
Parma Events (for various ages!)

Auditorium Paganini Tutti Per Uno classical music series beginning Dec 13;
Nuove Atmosfere, a series of 20 concerts from November to May 2013;
Casa della Musica - Suono Occulto Modern Music Series;
Concerti aperitivo - Al Ridotto del Regio
Concerto di Natale - Rocca SanVitale a Sala Baganza (charity concert)

Gastronomic Adventures
See the various Mercantini di Natale;
For a comprehensive list of restaurants and trattoria in the area, click here;
Remember to like Bar Teatro Via Bixio 62A on Facebook for weekly invites to "ethnic dinners" in Parma!

The original ones, movie in original version, Cinema d'Azeglio, December 3.

Workshops for Kids
-Santa Lucia is coming! In Parma, children are given gifts for Santa Lucia and the holiday is quite important and there are many events to check out from Dec 11 and 12 including the Casa dei Bimbi in Piazza Garibaldi
 -In Langhirano, a book festival for children and babies. Dec 1 - 13;
-Workshop and readings at RosaLimone on  December 14 (My Very First Christmas Tree) and 21 (Born to Read);
-Activities at the Laboratorio Famiglia al Portico including a tombolata (Bingo) and Christmas parties for our tiny friends
-Libri e formiche workshops and readings including "Storie di Natale" on Dec 17;
-Casa della Musica - events for children
-Incontri d'Autunno - Alice Library
-Prepare for Christmas workshops and snacks

Theater and Cinema for Kids
-Cinema D'Azeglio; Dec 7
-Theatro del Vicolo: Dec 7 and 14, fables for children
-Teatro delle Briciole: Dec 8, for children
-Teatro del Cerchio: Dec 8, 15, 22 at 17:00 for "ragazzi"
-Europa Teatri: Dec 7, 8 and 17 for children
-Festival Vietato ai Maggiori in Fidenza.
-Castello dei Buratini in December (Marionettes for children)
-Il Regio (Opera) Per I Piu' Piccoli

The De Pisis Exhibit continues at the beautiful Fondazione Magnani Rocca until Dec 8;
The Botero Exhibit continues at the Palazzo del Governatore in Piazza Garibaldi through Jan 26;
Silvia Ugoletti Photography Exhibition

For a list of the Museums In and Around Parma Click Here

English & Other Language Connections
English Reading Club on December 17
Spanish Group Lectures on December 18
German Reading Group on January 7

Also, "Like" Parma Internazionale; ENGLISH EVENTS Inglese PARMA MODENA and Reggio Emilia, Modena and Parma English Meetup on Facebook for updates on local Ex-pat and English Language Drinks & Dinners in Parma.

In Milan this month (Eventful): Simple Minds, Cirque du Soleil, L'Artigiano in Fiera;
Fiera of the Obei Obei (Oh beautiful, Oh beautiful!) - Christmas Fair Dec 5 - 8;
In Milan this month (CiaoMilano): No reindeers: let's run, Filmmaker Alternative Film Festival, Fair Trade Christmas booths,
In Florence this month: Hanukkah in the ghetto, Christmas markets and more;
In Florence this month: Soccer, Circus, a house party and more;
In Bologna this month
Alto Adige: The famous Christmas markets abound!