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Sorrento is an ideal location to celebrate Christmas. The town is all decked out in its Christmas finest with streets sporting Christmas lights and decorations.
Sorrento’s Christmas decorations and events focus on the Nativity. Each Church erects elaborate displays many with hand carved miniatures depicting scenes from the Christmas story and everyday old town scenes. Looking up the mountains or down in the grottos you will see manager scenes and the three wise men honoring the Christ child. Sorrento offers many free events and concerts during the Christmas season. Christmas day services at the Cathedral were joyful and welcoming. A special treat were the carols sung by the youth choir.
The town sponsors several concerts including “Concerto Della Vigilia Di Natale” by the Sorrento Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra playing classical music by Corelli, Bach, and Mozart, the Blue Gospel Choir singing Christmas songs in English, and the town band which parades through the shopping district.
Villa Fiorentino, which is on Corso Italia across from the Christmas market, hosts an exhibit of hand carved miniature town scenes created by local artists. The exhibit was free on December 24.
On December 23rd and again on Dec 31st the town erects a stage at Piazza Tasso and provided free entertainment. On Christmas Eve and Christmas day the old town center streets are closed to traffic to allow residents to promenade up and down Corso Italia. Sorrento sponsors a Christmas village market, which includes food vendors and local business shops. Sorrento is known for its ceramics and inland woodwork which make beautiful Christmas gifts. There is also an ice skating rink at the Piazza A. Lauro (on Corso Italia near the train station).
While many hotels and some restaurants are closed during this low season, the town has committed to providing full services for its winter visitors. Each hotel maintains a list of restaurants that are open – ensuring all visitors can be accommodated on Christmas Eve, Christmas day, and New Years.
Transportation schedules for buses, ferries, and the Cirumvesuviana (light rail “metro” to Napoli) are more limited during the winter, but sufficient to meet your needs. As a rule of thumb the Cirumvesuviana and Amalfi coast (SITA) buses run every 30 minutes. They do end service early on Christmas day. Local ferry service to Napoli and Capri is available. Direct ferry service from Sorrento to Amalfi or the island of Ischia is not offered during the winter season.
Daytime temperatures are mild – usually in the mid-50s F dropping into the low 40s at night.