Christmas in Sorrento
If you are considering a trip to Italy's Amalfi Coast during the winter holidays, your best option is to stay in Sorrento, the coastal town where most holiday events and activities take place and where hotels and restaurants tend to stay open through the New Year. The town center is especially beautiful during the Christmas holidays, when the streets are lit with fairy lights and towering evergreens are decorated in the center of Piazza Tasso. Special holiday events and concerts are scheduled each weekend from the end of November through the entire month of December, and street artists and buskers entertain visitors young and old alike!
The holiday lights will be turned on this year from 23 November, and the official Christmas tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for 1 December. Try to stop by the Piazza at the top of each hour (for example: 5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm, and so on...): the tree decorations are timed to give a light show!
During your visit to Sorrento, we suggest you stop by the Walt Disney Village featuring all the most famous characters in lights in Piazza Sant'Antonino and penguins and polar bears in Piazza Lauro. The most popular events during this season are the Giornate Professionali del Cinema (3 - 8 Dec) and the open air party for New Year's Eve in Piazza Tasso.
Regardless of whether you arrive by car or train, your beginning point for exploring Sorrento is Piazza Lauro, decorated like a snow village. From here, walk to Piazza Tasso and admire the Christmas tree, with lights and decorations timed to give a show at the top of each hour, and Piazza Sant'Antonino, with its Disney-themed village. Don't forget to stop by Villa Fiorentino (the entrance is along Corso Italia) to visit the collection of traditional Nativity scenes and Santa's Village.
The easiest way to reach Sorrento during the holidays is by Circumvesuviana train. The final train leaving Sorrento for Naples is at 9.39 pm. Otherwise, you can arrive by car but try to visit in the early hours of the day as there are traffic jams on Saturday and Sunday from 5 pm. The most convenient parking is Correale, just beneath Piazza Lauro. Parking costs EUR 2/hour here and in all the parking lots in Sorrento.
HOLIDAY LIGHTS (until 31 January, 2019)
23 November: Lighted decorations are turned on
1 December: Christmas tree lights are turned on
Each weekend from 23 November to 6 January, street entertainment is scheduled in the town center.