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What is there to do in Pistoia over Christmas? A guide to what is happening at Christmas time. Exhibitions, concerts and shows which will all give you an even better reason for staying longer in town.

What is there to do in Pistoia over Christmas? A short guide to steer you through the rich programme available during the Christmas holidays. Exhibitions, concerts and many other events will take place just at the right time and place for when you visit this lovely Tuscan town.

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Natale a Pistoia 2021
Piazza del Duomo, Pistoia

Luminarias and the Christmas tree

The traditional luminarias light up the town’s streets. A warm and welcoming atmosphere of lights and colours which makes the historic centre of town even more enchanting.

The smallest theatre in the world

On the first Saturday of every month, OltrePistoia will let you in to discover the Teatrino Gratteschi, a late-Baroque jewel that will take you by surprise.

New Year’s Day

For New Year’s day, a double appointment starting at the Piccolo Teatro Mauro Bolognini at 9 p.m. with La voce del Jazz,  tra standard e contaminazioni and then, from 11 p.m. on, the Extraliscio concert – a group that defines itself as “dance hall punk” and which was discovered at the latest Sanremo Music Festival.

Cosa fare a Natale a Pistoia
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City’s Museums

On Christmas and New Year’s Day special opening from 4pm to 7 pm.
On 26th December opening from 10am to 8pm.
Free entry, Green pass required.

San Jacopo e un Sant’Atto restaurati

The exhibition named Un San Jacopo e un Sant’Atto restaurati – Restored St. James and St. Atto – will stay open until 8th May. In the City’s Museum Sei e Settecento hall, on the top floor of the  Palazzo di Giano, two paintings on framed panels are on exhibition to the public after a careful restoration was carried out in order to return them to their former glory and which in fact lasted several months.


At the Museo del Novecento e del Contemporaneo di Palazzo Fabroni the exhibition #NATIVI100 is promoted and realized by the Municipality of Pistoia/City Museums, in collaboration with the Fondazione Giovanni Michelucci, Tempo Reale and the Eletto Arte association. This way, the centenary of the birth of the Pistoia painter Gualtiero Nativi (1921-1999), a master of abstract art in the period following the end of the Second World war, will be celebrated. Giovanna Uzzani is responsible for the exhibition which will stay open until 5th June.


Medioevo a Pistoia

Through a selection of paintings, sculptures, metalwork and illuminated manuscripts, with important loans from abroad, the exhibition reveals the leadership of Pistoia in the fine and decorative arts during the Middle Ages. An event by Pistoia Musei and Fondazione CARIPT. Partner Comune di Pistoia, Diocesi di Pistoia.

Pistoia, piccola Compostela. L’Altare argenteo di San Iacopo

Open until 31st January, this exhibition offers the public life-size and striking images of the Silver Altar, carefully safeguarded in the San Zeno Cathedral. The technological and innovative images highlight even the tiniest details of this masterpiece. Guided visits can be requested.

Pistoia Piccola Compostela
Pistoia Piccola Compostela

Pistoia Novecento

Pistoia Novecento is a large-scale project dedicated to Fondazione Pistoia Musei’s permanent collection, with works from the Fondazione Caript Foundation and Intesa Sanpaolo collections, designed to provide the most thorough understanding possible of the Pistoian artistic scene in all its variations throughout the last century.

Remo Gordigiani

On the thirtieth anniversary of the death of the Pistoia artist, Remo Gordigiani, the Municipality will hold an exhibition in the Frescoed rooms of the Palazzo Comunale from Saturday 11th December to 9th January. It tells of his artistic experience pointing out not only his link to the town’s cultural context but also his relationship with art galleries and Italian critics.

Associazione Teatrale Pistoiese

At the Teatro Manzoni on 30th December, Neri Marcorè with his Le mie canzoni altrui. All these events are on the website Associazione Teatrale Pistoiese.

Paesaggi personali

The works of nine artists are the focus of the exhibition Paesaggi personali (Personal landscapes), at the ME Vannucci Gallery in Pistoia. Antonello Ghezzi, Sergia Avveduti, Mohsen Baghernejad Moghanjooghi, Luca Caccioni, Fabrizio Corneli, Marco Degl’Innocenti, Lori Lako, Erika Pellicci, and Sandra Tomboloni are the artists.

Ice skating rink

In Piazza San Francesco the ice skating rink will be coming back. A setting suitable for both children and adults who wish to spend a delightful day, being with friends while having fun out in the open air.