It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Viterbo
By Shania Schmidt
Christmas in America is always a very exciting time for me. There is always a homey feeling that comes with the holidays, and that feeling has not gone away since coming to the beautiful town of Viterbo. Even though it is only late November, the city is already getting ready for Christmas. They have strung up cascading lights in all of the main roads. They have also added festive disco balls to some of the lights in places like Porta Romana and by Piazza Fontana Grande. These lights have been up for a couple of weeks, but they won’t turn them on until Dec 8, almost teasing the citizens of Viterbo. But I’m sure that when they do turn them on, it will be an amazing sight.
The decorations don’t stop at the lights. Some of the shop owners began decorating for Christmas as soon as the day after Halloween. They have put up lights and decked-out Christmas trees. So anywhere you walk, you can feel the Christmas spirit around you.
Viterbo is also home to a Christmas market. I was walking the streets a few days ago and found that this market is no small affair. They have begun building rows of small, wooden shops in popular communal areas. You can buy Christmas treats as well as other things depending on the venders at this market, but wait there is more. The market also has a Christmas Village (each part of the Christmas Village is in a different part of town, so if you want to find the location of your favorite attraction, follow this link https://caffeinachristmasvillage.it/mappa/). You have to pay 15 euros to enter (with some deals for family; if you want to buy your tickets online you can follow this link https://caffeinachristmasvillage.it/costi/), but it has fun for the whole family. Kids will be able to go to Santa Claus World and meet Santa. They will be able to visit the Dragon Tana and see a dragon, The Enchanted Theater and watch a show, The Frozen Lake and go ice skating, The Library of Desires and hear a fairy tale from an Elf, and so much more. The village’s business hours can vary during the week and Sundays, but every Friday and Saturday, it is open from 9 in the morning to 10:30 at night. The village opens on November 24 and stays open until January 7, so grab the family and head over there this weekend.
To check the business hours for the day you want to visit with your family, follow this link https://caffeinachristmasvillage.it/orari/.