Last week I told you that it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Amalfi as they began to put up the Christmas lights and decorations throughout town. On December 8th, for the celebration of the Immaculate Conception, Amalfi’s Christmas lights were turned on and celebrated with a marching band from Minori and fireworks that were postponed from the rained out Festival of Sant’ Andrea. It was a festive and lively way to start the Christmas season in Amalfi! This year the Christmas lights are pretty and quite different in each part of town. Here’s a photo tour this year’s Christmas lights in Amalfi.
This year, for the first time that anyone can remember, they built a large pyramid-shaped albero di natale (Christmas tree) in Piazza Flavio Gioia.
At night the Christmas tree is really striking, especially when you’re walking around the piazza and along the waterfront.
The most beautiful lights in town are along the main road overlooking the Marina Grande Beach. If you look through the lights you can spot the bell tower of the San Biagio Church.
The small Piazza dei Dogi is entirely blue this year, with large blue and white sparkling balls and a pretty winter scene.
The road leading into Piazza Duomo is covered with arcs of white and yellow lights. Just beyond you can catch a glimpse of a big red bow.
The Banco di Napoli in Piazza Duomo is wrapped with a large red bow, which the locals either adore or hate. (Isn’t that always the case with Christmas lights?)
The Duomo of Amalfi is gorgeous at night with all the lights in the piazza below. This year it is also lit with colored lights that cycle through different colors, which I didn’t capture well in my night photos.
When I arrived in Amalfi last Wednesday evening, I heard Christmas music coming from the Piazza Duomo. The band from Minori was in town for the Immacolata procession, and during the Mass they were marching around Amalfi playing Christmas songs. Here are a couple of quick videos I made to give you a taste of the Christmas celebrations and lights in Amalfi this year.
Happy Holidays from the Amalfi Coast!