The magical Christmas atmosphere always hovers over Torino and surroundings. Look at the events of the week.
The countdown of Emanuele Luzzati’s great Advent Calendar ends in Piazza Vittorio Veneto, where the 22m “green” Christmas tree, decorated with 35,000 multicolored LEDs, also lights up; the Medieval Village is, instead, the background of Luzzati’s Nativity scene, while the “Path of lights” from the Sambuy Gardens in Piazza Carlo Felice runs along Via Roma and arrives in Piazza Castello, where the Royal Palace is illuminated by a videomapping show; the Mole Antonelliana is also coloured: blue until January 6, red on Christmas nights of December 24, 25 and 26, in a shade inspired by “bubbles” from midnight on December 31.
The churches in the centre resound with voices and instruments, and on Wednesday 22 at the RAI Auditorium its National Symphony Orchestra offers Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”; from Sunday 26 at the Casa del Teatro Ragazzi e Giovani there is the “Luca Bono Show”, between fantasy and reality for the whole family.
From 20 to 24 in Via Carlo Alberto there are the stalls of “Una storia tra le mani”: artisans/artists create wonderful gift ideas starting from raw materials or recycled materials; on Sunday 26, the MUSLI-Museum of Schools and Children’s Books proposes “Once upon a time... there was a Christmas tree”, workshop for children aged 4-12.
The Monumental Nativity Scene of the Basilicata by Francesco Artese, 40 square meters inspired by Matera but with a tribute to Torino in the figures of the Social Saints; as always, in the Church of Ss. Annunziata (Via Po) there is the Mechanical Nativity Scene: an engineering wonder with over 200 figures, most of them carved out of wood from Gardena Valley.
And the “Luci d’Artista” will continue to shine, 25 luminous contemporary works of art, which can also be admired from “a high point of view” by participating in the “Luci d’Artista City Tour” on board the City Sightseeing® Torino panoramic bus departing from Piazza Castello.
And just outside Torino? In Chieri video projections mapped on the Triumphal Arch, Cathedral and Church of Sts Bernardino and Rocco, concerts, itinerant theatrical performances, exhibitions, workshops, Santas on foot and by bicycle, bagpipers, extraordinary markets... In Moncalieri, every Thursday there will be “Natale in controluce”: warm and colourful lights will emanate from the Roses Garden, children can test themselves at the workshop “The tree of wishes”; in the centre, videomapping on monuments and buildings, video-sound show on the facade of Civic Palace, skating in the square, the free train and the exhibition “Nativity scenes from the World”.
In Rivoli “Santa Claus’s Village” has been set up: the ice-skating rink, the street market, Santa Claus’s House, the post office, the “Rivolzonzo” train and… the 30-meter-high Ferris wheel! In “Immaginaria” of Venaria Reale protagonist is the doe, symbol of the city, through a luminous, dreamlike and musical narration on the facades, in the streets and in the squares; at the Reggia, also open in the evening from December 26 to January 6, there is the “The King’s Crib” with 84 sculptures of fine workmanship, probably commissioned by the Savoy.