December is decidedly off-season in the Cinque Terre, but catch some nice weather and you’re in for a treat! Nearly empty streets (with the exception of locals and the rare tour group) allow visitors to appreciate the true beauty of the Cinque Terre.
Visiting the Cinque Terre in the off-season isn’t for everyone; if you’re hoping to hit the shops and choose from a plethora of restaurants, you’re going to be disappointed. The off-season is the time when locals catch up on R&R after a long peak-season; many businesses close (some on rotation, others for the entire off-season). However, if you come seeking tranquillity and low-key explorations, you’ll be rewarded, big time.
I will soon be posting an off-season schedule for open restaurants, bars & cafes in the Comune di Riomaggiore. Stay tuned!
For those of you planning to visit the Cinque Terre this December, check out these scheduled events. I’ve highlighted what I think is of the most interest to visitors and I will be updating as various events are announced later on:
December 5th through 9th in Monterosso:
- from 2pm: Living nativity scene (with the birth of Jesus at 6pm)
- 6:30pm: Religious procession
- 3pm: Religious procession
Saturday, December 8th in Manarola:
10:30am: Eco-friendly Christmas ornament workshop for children. Free, but advance reservations are required. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
5pm: Candle lit procession on the hillside where the village’s nativity scene is located
5:30pm: Lighting of Manarola’s nativity scene with fireworks
Throughout the day there will be a Christmas craft fair as well as a refreshment stand starting at 2pm.