Riccione lights up with magic: Christmas and New Year 2023-2024 under the moon

With Christmas approaching, Riccione is preparing to welcome the magic of the holidays with an extraordinary program of events spanning the Christmas season and New Year’s Eve 2023-2024. Despite the challenges of the five-month administration period, the city proved incredibly resilient, bringing the public and private sectors together to create an unforgettable week of celebrations. The central theme of this year is the Moon, a timeless symbol of poetry, atmosphere and mystery. The moon becomes the protagonist of communication and displays, giving the Christmas celebrations a magical and magnetic touch, in line with Visit Romagna’s claim: “Seven months for Romagna to shine”. Mayor Daniela Angelini proudly emphasizes the importance of collaboration between the public and private sectors in creating a holiday program worthy of a city.

The lighting was designed by Renzo Serafini

Curated by renowned lighting designer Renzo Serafini, the illuminations are a true work of art. Warm lights in the spirit of traditional Christmas will transform the city into a magical place. Glowing stalactites criss-cross the central areas of the Green Pearl, while trees adorned with the same warm light stand in every district. The innovative solution in the Ceccarini vial combines almost 6-meter long pine “pendants” and low-energy spotlights to create a magical atmosphere that changes color throughout the year for special events.

Interview with Mayor Daniela Angelini by Mary Cianciaruso

The heart of the celebration is Santa Claus’ Secret Garden, an extension of Viale Ceccarini, which offers attractions for children and adults. Santa’s house, an ancient horse carousel and a giant chair combine to create a magical experience. The forest with natural elements makes the spaces even more welcoming. In Viale Ceccarini, the food village dedicated to the excellent restaurateurs of Riccione, will delight visitors with local and international delicacies in a unique Christmas atmosphere from 10 am to late evening starting on December 2.

The highlight of the celebrations is the lighting of the maxi natural tree on the Viale Dante bridge on November 25 at 5:00 p.m. The celebrations will be accompanied by music with a concert by Augurì at PalaRiccione on December 29 with Danilo Rea and Fiorella Mannoia. On December 30, Piazzale Ceccarini will host a free show by Jimmy Sax, while on December 31, New Year’s Eve will be celebrated with a free concert at Piazzale Ceccarini, with the artist to be revealed soon.

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