Christmas Magic in Umbria

Dec 19, 2023 | Events, music and arts | 0 comments

Christmas magic in Umbria: a festive wonderland

In the heart of Italy, Umbria transforms into a magical wonderland during the Christmas season. Picturesque towns and villages, such as Gubbio and Castiglione del Lago, spare no effort to claim their spots as the most enchanting Christmas destinations. Every corner comes alive with beautiful nativity scenes, lively Christmas markets, and festive events. 

Christmas in Assisi: 800 years of the nativity scene

Did you know that the very first nativity scene was created by Saint Francis of Assisi 800 years ago, near Rieti in Greccio? This rich history is reflected throughout the region, where nativity scenes are celebrated as works of art and are a cherished tradition. Assisi, in particular, is commemorating the 800th anniversary of the nativity scene with events like La Casa del Presepe di Francesco and captivating video projections on the Basilica Superiore di San Francesco and the Cattedrale di San Rufino. The Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli hosts Presepi del Mondo, an exhibition featuring nativity scenes from across the globe.

Christmas magic in Umbria: Assisi

Special Christmas trees in Umbria

Largest Christmas tree in the world (Gubbio)

Gubbio, proudly known as “Gubbio è Natale,” stands out as a Christmas village par excellence. For decades, dedicated volunteers start in September and work tirelessly to transform Gubbio into the perfect setting for a festive Christmas movie. Gubbio boasts a unique attraction during the Christmas period—the world’s largest Christmas tree, shining brightly with colorful lights over the city from Monte Ingino. The beautifully decorated Christmas train, ‘Gubbio Express,’ takes you on a journey through the entire city, and you can even catch a unique view from the Ferris wheel. Climbing the tree/mountain is also an option, walking among the lights up Monte Ingino towards the star.

Christmas Magic in Umbria: Gubbio

Luci sul Trasimeno (Castiglione del Lago)

Castiglione del Lago, nestled in the heart of Umbria, is ambitious in its Christmas celebrations. While Gubbio claims the record for the world’s largest Christmas tree, Castiglione del Lago presents a unique spectacle—a floating Christmas tree, the world’s largest, on the water of Lake Trasimeno. This extraordinary display involves 165 support poles, 7 kilometers of electricity cables, and 2,559 lights. A visit to the tree and the city during December promises a winter village experience with an ice rink, nativity scenes, and a dazzling light show in the Rocca del Leone.

Luci sul Trasimeno, Castiglione del Lago


More Christmas events in Umbria 

Umbria is a captivating destination during the holiday season, with villages big and small each showcasing unique traditions and celebrations. From La Stella di Miranda in Terni to Spello in Presepe, and the Christmas Wonder Village in Cascia to C’era una volta a Natale in Montefalco—the festive spirit is alive. For more details, visit and follow our Instagram and Facebook pages for updates.

Wishing you a festive Christmas and a wonderful 2024.

Blog in collaboration with @scrittofoli


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