Christmas village 2018

From 16th November to 6th January the ancient village of Polignano a Mare is transformed into a wonderful Christmas village, with the illuminations, the highest Christmas tree of Puglia with its 18 meters high, an open skating rink for the full duration of the event, the markets and Santa Claus.


16th November Start Inauguration with SWITCH ON of the illuminations.
17th – 18th November Opening on the weekend
24th -25th November Openings at the weekend
01st -02nd December Opening of the weekend
From 7th December to 6th January Open every day

Wonderful Christmas is not just magic, it’s reality!


An extraordinary show of artist lights, rigorously LED and low energy consumption, will adorn the entire ancient village taking as a starting point the most famous lights of Salerno.
Let’s get excited with the light!


For your Christmas gifts, this year choose the creativity and originality of the hobbyist craftsmen who will exhibit their creations in the charming Piazza Aldo Moro and in Via San Vito in Polignano a Mare.
Intense aromas, the sweet scent of Christmas pastry and typical Apulian food and wine products, you can savor wrapped in the warm and magical atmosphere of the ancient village.
Cribs, concerts, cultural events and performances are also scheduled.


Santa Claus this year makes a stop in Polignano a Mare!
The Santa Claus of 7 meters, the highest of Puglia, will be placed next to the statue of Domenico Modugno al Gelso, while, in the Piazza dell’Orologio will be set up a Christmas tree twenty meters high.
A world made of fairy tales, toys, fantasy and much more will make the eyes of the little ones shine and they will have the chance to meet Santa Claus to give him the letter distributed in the schools and receive a gift in exchange.


Piazza Aldo Moro is the main square of the town, as well as a meeting point for Polignano people and a gathering place for events and festivals. In this historic place, ice skating enthusiasts will dedicate themselves to the joys of this sport.
Winter attraction par excellence, the Magic Ice skating rink will be a recreational initiative appreciated by adults and children, gathered in the fun of skating.


“Ex chiesetta” is a small chapel located in the heart of Polignano a Mare and overlooks the Adriatic Sea.
On December 22, 1968 the church of Santo Stefano was dedicated to Pino Pascali, who died three months earlier, and on that occasion it was decided that this space would become a container for contemporary art.
After this moving tribute, since 2012, the chapel offers young and international artists the opportunity to exhibit and promote their work in this suggestive space.
On the occasion of Meraviglioso Natale, Exchiesetta will host Vincenzo Marsiglia, one of the most important Italian artists in the field of digital, optical and kinetic research.
Vincenzo Marsiglia has reinterpreted the architecture and history of this place and has reinterpreted the space through an installation, called “Closen”, which will be visible to visitors.
On the exterior of Exchiesetta, there will be a second work by the artist: a bright four-pointed star, which is well connected to the Christmas theme, but above all, intends to pay homage to the star that was dedicated Exchiesetta: Pino Pascali.


Free access area

  • Piazza Giuseppe Verdi
  • Piazza Garibaldi
  • Pompeo Sarnelli course
  • Lama Monachile Bridge
  • Piazza Aldo Moro
  • Domenico Modugno statue

Controlled access area

  • Historic Center from the Marchesale Arch of Piazza Giuseppe Verdi
  • Piazza Garibaldi up to Via Roma


To access the Christmas event you need the GCard that you get at our Info Points or through the Priority Service, pre-filling the registration form.
The Gcard has a cost of 5 euros per person, is valid for the entire duration of the event and entitles you to a free product package.
The GCard also acts as an electronic wallet, which can be loaded at the Info Points and will offer the visitor the possibility of purchases at the houses and markets.
Participants in the cashless system will be able to purchase products and services without having to use cash, as the points of sale in the area used for the event will have a cashless POS that accepts payment via Gcard, the e-wallet, that allows to pay in a safe, hygienic and reliable way, amounts of varied value;

Within the course, there is the presence of 2 Info Points with a recharge point of the GCard to make purchases.
Should the remaining credit remain on the e-wallet, it will be reimbursed.