Mercatino di Natale (Christmas Market) in Cosenza

Living in a small city like Cosenza, it is often difficult to get into the Christmas spirit.  For one thing, the weather is mild so you won’t find those cold, chilly wintery days with a sprinkling of snow on rooftops and cars.  In Toronto, Christmas decorations start appearing right after Halloween, but here in Cosenza it is tradition to wait until December 8th, the day of the Immaculate Conception, to turn on the Christmas street lights that seem to ignite that Christmasy feeling in all of us.

Thankfully, the Mercatini di Natale (Christmas Markets) are popping up all over Italy.  Here in Cosenza, the Mercatino di Natale has been up and running for a couple weeks now.  There is nothing quite like an Italian Christmas market to get you into the holiday spirit.

You will be sure to find everything you could possibly want or need to build, construct or expand your Nativity scene.  It is a time-honored tradition that is taken very seriously here.

Cast members, props and other goodies for your Nativity Scene.
Gorgeous Nativity Scene sculpted in the burr of a chestnut tree.

The Christmas market also has everything you need to make a beautiful centerpiece for your table or wreath for your door.

Let your imagination take flight with these glittery Poinsettia plants and berries.

And of course, you can’t forget the commercial side of Christmas with Santa Claus, tree ornaments and other fun decor.




How do you get into the Christmas spirit?


  1. Kaitoe

    November 28, 2015 at 6:16 am

    When does the market open and close? We are here now and there is no one here (12:00 on November 27).

    1. LuLu

      December 1, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      It’s open every day from 9:00am to 9:00pm in the Villa Nuova.

  2. Carol Timney

    September 11, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Please…I want to buy a lifesize Befana doll. Please tell me where to send for one. Thank you!. Carol

    1. LuLu

      November 26, 2015 at 3:32 am

      Hi Carol, I’ve personally never seen a life-sized Befana doll here in Cosenza but maybe someone else has and can help you out! 🙂

      1. Carol Timney

        November 26, 2015 at 12:01 pm

        I saw one at the Christmas market 3 yrs sgo in Consenza. Didn’t buy it ….sorry I didn’t. 🙁

        1. LuLu

          November 27, 2015 at 7:17 am

          I was at the Christmas market in Cosenza last week and don’t remember seeing a life-sized Befana doll, however if I do, I’ll let you know!

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