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November 30, 2015

December 2015 in Parma

Welcome back to our monthly Parma events recap!

As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts about living in Parma and any event listings for both Facebook postings and our website. Please feel free to email us at: Also, remember to like us on Facebook for extra updates - Parma Mia!

*Remember Tuesday, December 8 is a national holiday.
*The night between Dec 12 and Dec 13, Santa Lucia arrives in Parma, bringing gifts for children. Take a look for the many events that will be posted to celebrate this holiday.
*On January 6, there is the Befana, who also inspires many events in Parma and the provinces as she "sweeps away" the holiday season. There is a fun event for kids in Fornovo, online soon.


Special Events: 

Nov 19 - Dec 6 - Festival of Performing Arts
Dec 2 - Latin American Dancing @ Jamaican Pub
Dec 5 - International Anolini Eating Contest
Dec 5 - 8 Oh bej, Oh bej market in Milan
Dec 5 - 8 Food Museum over the holiday
Dec 8 - Lighting the tree in Piazza Garibaldi
Dec 11 - 12 India Festival, Parma
Dec 12 - Teatro Regio: first show in "hip-hop"
Dec 12 - 20 The Nutcracker in Milan
Dec 13 - Princesses at Fontanellato Castle 
Dec 13 - Photo Workshop at the Oasis Ghirardi 
Dec 13 - Santa Lucia for Kids, Traversetolo
Dec 13 - Parma Kids will be holding a special event for Santa Lucia & have listings for many more: check out their site for more info
Dec 15 - The Nutcracker at the cinema, The Space
Dec 31 - New Year's Eve in a Castle

Dec - Monte Schia, date of ski lift opening TBD
Dec  - Santa Claus' House in Cittadella Park
Dec - Photo with Santa Claus and more at the Barilla Center
Dec - Modena celebrates the Christmas Season
Dec (weekends) - Christmas in Borgo Grazzano Visconti

Special December Events - Food Fairs & Markets:
-La dispensa dei San Vitale, Fontanellato, Dec 13 - Food market

For more event listings: parma today
For children, please check out the fantastic website for updated events
-Fondazione Magnani Rocca  Fanastic Giacomo Balla exhibition, Renoir's chair, beautiful grounds;
-Palazzo del Governatore
-Palazzo Bossi Bocchi  Food, Art and History in the Cariparma collection
-Museo Bocchi (Monte di Parma)
-Labirinto della Masone (Fontanellato) Ligabue and Ghizzardi, plus a Spigaroli restaurant!
-Art listings
For a list of the Museums In and Around Parma Click Here

Cinema in original version (mostly English):
The original ones at Cinema D'Azeglio Original language films until mid-December
Cinema Astra also offers some interesting films but most are in Italian
Cinema Edison Panorama;
There is also an original language movie theatre in Reggio and several in Milan

For athletic courses see "Sports"
Look for courses offered by the various communities here under "In Programma"

English & Other International Language Connections
German Reading Group on Dec 1
English Reading Club on Dec 17
Stendhal Lecture Group (French) on Dec 4
Spanish Group Lectures on Jan 14

Like on Facebook:
-Reggio Emilia, Modena and Parma English Meetup (English language dinners in Parma and Reggio-it's an active group)
-Cours de français Happy Hour Parma
-ENGLISH EVENTS Inglese PARMA MODENA (drinks and games in English once a week)

-Register on Internations (the Parma sub-section) for info about monthly aperitivos and more

Gastronomic Adventures
Please see Special Events section above for fairs & markets

-Barilla Academy Cooking Classes

-For a comprehensive list of restaurants and trattoria in the area, click here;
-Check out this lovely service "foodie" guide service (and more), run by an English speaking friend in Parma:

-Teatro Regio 
-Nuovo Atmosfere - Until May, 2016
-Music at the Glauco Lombardo Museum until mid December
-Bertinelli The Club: winter season starts Nov 4 and continues on Wednesdays
-OggiParma lists some other musical events this month, including DJs & Clubs

Sports & Outdoors:
CAI Ski and snowboarding courses for 2016

UISP Parma - Sports, Hikes and Courses for 2015/16
CUS Parma - Sport and Courses on/off Campus for 2015/16
CAI Parma - Hiking, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Family trips and more
You can also check out Parma Football games as well as rugby Parma Zebre

Please check out the Nature section on our website

-Teatro Necessario, Fornovo, a few shows this month for an "under 13" audience
-Europa Teatri
-Festival Vietato ai Maggiori dei 12 anni in Fidenza. Theatre and courses dedicated to children 3 to 12 years old. 2015/2016 events now posted.
--Fondazione Teatro Due, season opens in November. The first performance will be in Greek.
-Teatro del Cerchio, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 21:00.
-Teatro Pezzani: New season listings
-Teatro del Tempo: November listings
-Teatro Regio: Book now for the 2016 Parma Danza season

Please check out Parmakids on FB or online for an updated children's agenda
Art and Classes for Children
-Giocampus Snow 2016 - Winter ski camp with CUS Parma
-Moms' Club: Check for date in December
-Biblioteca Alice: Art and Narration workshops
-Libri & Formiche: Events here
-Laboratorio Famiglia al Portico
-Orso Ludo: Toy store in the Center of Parma which offers projects & events
-Il Club dell'Orsetto Lavoratore: Baby parking and much more

For older children, there are many courses and sports classes offered around Parma. Polisport, The "circoli" (Mariano, Castellazzo), SportsCenter, Palazzetto dello Sport.
If you need assistance, please email us, or better yet, send us a message on FB.

Film & Theater for Children
-Europa Teatri: Adult workshops
-Casa della Musica: not yet available
-Il Regio (Opera): RegioYoung for Families
-Teatro delle Briciole: Currently available program of performances for the schools
-Teatro del Cerchio: Sunday afternoons at 17:00, 2015 Theater courses also available for children aged 6+.

Christmas is just around the corner: remember to plan your trip to Alto Adige to see all the Christmas Markets (mercatini) in early December
In Milan this month (Eventful): Tickets for upcoming concerts, festivals, etc.
In Milan this month (CiaoMilano): Find your way around Milan in English. Great exhibitions, concerts, flower shows, et al. Many museum exhibits offer "children's tours" for which you need to reserve in advance. Check out the aquarium, planetarium, and Natural History Museum as well.
For the more design-oriented, there's are often great exhibitions going on at the Triennale as well as installations at Hangar Biccoca and the new Fondazione Prada.
MilanoWeekend (In Italian)
Milano for Kids (pdf file)
In Bologna this month: Find your way around Bologna in English
In Florence this month: Movies in English, concerts and more
In Bologna this month: Concerts, exhibitions and more
Events in Ligura;
Modena in English;
Torino in English: Lots to visit here - Eataly, The Cinema Museum, the Egyptian Museum...

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