Family-Friendly Christmas Activities on the Amalfi Coast

Things to Do — By Laura Thayer on December 9, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Christmas is a magical time to visit the Amalfi Coast. Many of the towns along southern Italy’s famous coastline celebrate with colorful displays of Christmas lights, concerts, grand firework displays for Capodanno (New Year’s) and events throughout the holiday season. Christmas centers around the family in Italy, and if you’ll be traveling to the Amalfi Coast with kids this season there are plenty of events to keep the whole family entertained. Here are some suggestions for family-friendly Christmas activities on the Amalfi Coast.

  • Take a night drive to see the Christmas lights in the towns up and down the Amalfi Coast. You’ll find Christmas decorations wherever you stop, but some towns really go all out. This year the lights are particularly beautiful in Maiori, Minori and Amalfi.
  • Go ice skating on the Amalfi Coast. (Yes, you read that right!) This year the town of Maiori has built an ice skating rink as part of the Maiori Winter 2010 festival. Bring the camera as this is bound to create lasting memories from your Christmas holiday on the Amalfi Coast!
  • See the fantastic Luci d’Artista Christmas lights in Salerno. Walk through the medieval center of Salerno and see the Enchanted Garden light displays. Children will delight in the dragons, flowers and fantastical shapes. This year the theme is Stars and Planets and the Enchanted Garden.

  • Learn about the Neapolitan nativity tradition in the L’Arte del Presepe exhibition in Cava de’ Tirreni. Making a presepe, or nativity scene, is one of the most important Christmas traditions in Italy. Learn about the art and craft of the presepe at this exhibit. Located not far from Vietri sul Mare, Cava de’ Tirreni also has a wonderful historic center with arcaded shopping streets. Perfect for the whole family to enjoy some holiday shopping!
  • Go Christmas shopping at Salerno’s Mercantini di Natale. Ever wonder where Italians by their Christmas decorations and do holiday shopping? This year you can experience this holiday tradition at the first Christmas Market in Salerno from November 27th to December 19th.
  • Go hiking and enjoy the views in Amalfi and Ravello. When the family gets “cabin fever” (called “Mediterranean villa fever” in these parts) consider hiking up in the Valle dei Mulini (Valley of the Mills) above Amalfi. See the ruins of town’s once-prosperous paper mills and enjoy the fresh air while hiking in the mountains. On a clear day, a winter stroll through the beautiful gardens at Ravello’s Villa Cimbrone is a great family activity. Everyone will marvel over the views from the Terrace of Infinity!

Amalfi Fountain Presepe

Happy Holidays from the Amalfi Coast!

Tags: Amalfi, Amalfi Coast, Cava de' Tirreni, Holidays, Maiori, Minori, Positano, Ravello, Salerno


  • Celia Prosecchino says:

    Makes me wish I was coming down this christmas. I just love walking down Via San Gregorio Armeno and choosing a figure to add to our presepe.

  • Laura Thayer says:

    Thanks for stopping by Celia! I love picking out new figures for our presepe each year, too. This year I’m on the look out for some tiny animal figures. Wishing you a happy holiday season!

  • Eleonora says:

    There, you’ve officially made me homesick again!
    Brava Laura and again compliments on your newly inaugurated blog.

    On a side note, we used to have a breathtaking 1700’s antique presepe, with over 50 figurines, 10 buildings and other architectural elements, animals, market stalls, and bark cave for the nativity… and it was stolen out of our cellar when it was broken into 4 years ago. It broke my mother’s heart, because she had been collecting the pieces form mercatini and antique shops all over Campania since she was a child.

    Seeing the lovely presepi here brought back bittersweet memories.
    But I don’t want to leave you on a sad note, so here’s my holiday tickle.

    Buone Feste and Happy 2011!!

  • Laura Thayer says:

    Ciao Eleonora! I think I have to add “make Lola homesick” to my regular job description! But you must add “make Laura smile” to yours, because that is what your comments always do! 🙂 Thank you for your kind words, and I hope you’ll be stopping by my new blog often.

    But what a sad story about your family presepe being stolen! What a heartless act, because each presepe is full of family memories. Have you started one of your own to replace it?

    Hugs and warm wishes to you for a happy Christmas and wonderful 2011!

  • resimler says:

    This really solved my problem, thank you!

  • mesothelioma says:

    Great info!


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