This is a great event where you can get all your Christmas shopping done for the family. There will be booths with festive scenes, presentations, tastings, shows and exhibitions. The Fabuland toy museum of San Benedetto del Tronto will be showing some nostalgic toys for the adults to remember and relive. Also there will be an exhibit showing the evolution of toys from the 18th century to the 20th century.
There will be delicious goodies to buy as well as workshops to attend. Some of the workshops will be cooking demonstrations, cooking lessons, the workshops are catered to adults and children, families and individuals. One of the children workshops is called Cucinare e` un gioco (Cooking is a game) will be run by Christina Palandri, you will learn how to make fun cakes, cookies and other special delicacies. This workshop will occur every day of the festival at 5:30pm. Other courses will consist of embroidery mini-courses organized by the Club del Punto in Croce, where visitors can try to learn the tricks and the technique of the Tombolo, the Trapunto Fiorentino, Macramé.
There will be plenty of sweets and candies, chestnuts available to snack on in the square in front of the exhibition. For lunch there is a special ‘tirolese’ restaurant focusing on every Tuscan. Something to warm your belly, they are offering coffee, hot chocolate and mulled wine with other selections of winter beverages and desserts from the Nordic tradition.
Christmas music for me represents my childhood as much as my adulthood. When I start hearing Christmas music I get all warm inside. It is by far the best part of Christmas for me. There will be choirs singing, a Christmas concert, performances of chamber music and classical dance to enjoy. A classic will be performed as well the play "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. All are organized in collaboration with schools and associations of dance and music of the area.
Last but not least right next to Santa's house, children will find a mailbox to put their own personal letters in. A highlight of any child’s life is sending their wish list to Santa Claus.
Florence Noel is above all a way to share the Christmas season with your loved ones. You will discover or rediscover the Italian traditions of Christmas. There will be charities you can offer some help or give a donation to assist them during the holiday season.
For more information on the festivities, check out the Florence Noel website.
Other Credits: Katie Greenaway