Candles in Candelara Festival
25 November-10 December. Candles, Santa Claus, local food and traditions.
Candles in Candelara is the candle festival celebrated every year in the medieval village of Candelara, in Marche, now in its 14th edition.
Every night, on the weekends of 25-26 November, 2-3 December, and 8-9-10 December 2017, the village is lit by thousands of candles.
During the 7-day festival, visitors can enjoy a number of events: Christmas market, nativity scenes, shows, music, street artists and local delicacies.
Over 70 wooden stalls sell handcrafted objects, gift ideas and candles of every kind and size.
It is also possible to taste traditional dishes in two large heated facilities: polenta with mushrooms, salted codfish with potatoes, grilled meat, piadina, fried olives, apple pancakes, roasted chestnuts and new wine.
Candles in Candelara includes many side events as well:
– “Italian Boiled Meat”, dedicated to the recipes of the local country tradition: soups, cappelletti and boiled meat;
– “Nativity Scene Road”, a large nativity scene exhibition made by artisans from all over Italy with many different materials: wax, wood, stone, terracotta, ceramics, silver and cork.
There is also a narrow alley covered with snow for children. In Santa Claus’ Workshop, children can work with different materials (clay, wax, paper, wood) to make Christmas decorations, as well as meet Santa Claus to hand him their letters.
Plus, guided tours in textile laboratories, where traditional fabrics are woven using looms from the beginning of the 20th century.
Additionally, a music band of 35 Santa Clauses, and Santa Clauses playing bagpipes in the streets of Candelara. And, of course, tastings of local food, concerts, guided tours of Villa Berloni and local museums.
Opening times and tickets:
Every day from 10 am to 9 pm.
€2 until 1 pm, €3 after 1 pm.
Free for under 12s.
(photos: Roberto Serfilippi and website of the event)Go to the website Candles in Candelara Festival