Christmas and New Year in Agrigento: Antiquity, Culture, and Tradition

The Christmas season is always magical, but spending it in Agrigento adds a touch of ancient history and cultural beauty. This year, immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of this Sicilian city, where the past harmoniously blends with the festivities. Here’s a complete guide to the opening hours of must-visit places during your holidays, along with the main events not to be missed.

Valley of the Temples

Begin your journey through time by visiting the Valley of the Temples, one of the most extraordinary archaeological sites in the world. The ancient Doric temples, dating back to the 5th century B.C., create a breathtaking setting, especially at sunset. The Valley of the Temples is open during the holidays with special hours: Every day (including December 24, 25, 26, 31, and January 1): 8:30 am – 20:00 pm (last entry at 7:00 pm) Enjoy a stroll among the remains of the ancient temples of Hera, Concordia, and Zeus Olympios, immersing yourself in the unique atmosphere that only the Valley of the Temples can offer. Book a private tour  

Archaeological Museum

After your visit to the Valley of the Temples, head to the Regional Archaeological Museum of Agrigento. Here, you’ll find an extraordinary collection of artifacts narrating the history of the region from prehistoric times to the Roman period. The opening hours during the holidays are as follows: Every day (including December 24, 25, 26, 31, and January 1): 8:30 am – 7:30 pm (last entry at 7:00 pm) Explore the museum’s halls and admire artworks and artifacts that tell the rich history of ancient Agrigento and its inhabitants.  

Pirandello’s House

For an immersion into culture and literature, visit Pirandello’s House, linked to the memory of Nobel Prize winner Luigi Pirandello. The opening hours during the holidays are: Every day (including December 24, 25, 26, 31, and January 1): 9:00 am – 7:00 pm Discover the life and works of this great master of Italian literature. If you want to learn more about the author and the places that inspired him book a literary tour.

Kolymbetra Gardens

For an immersive experience in nature, visit the charming Kolymbetra garden. The opening hours during the holidays are: strong>Every day (including December 24, 25, 26, 31, and January 1): 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Stroll through ancient olive groves, citrus orchards, and underground structures, enjoying the tranquility and beauty of this green corner in the heart of Agrigento.

Agrigento Old Town

The churches of the Agrigento Old Town offer a magical atmosphere during the holidays. Many places of worship have special opening hours to allow visitors to participate in Christmas celebrations. Check the specific hours of the churches you want to visit and immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere of this time of year.

Cathedral of San Gerlando, Mudia (Diocesan Museum), and Church of Santa Maria dei Greci

Regular Winter schedule: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm. Closed on Mondays From December 26 to January 7 Opening from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm December 25th CLOSED January 1st 10:00 am – 1:00 pm ⛪

Holy Mass Celebrations

24th December  10:30 pm vigil and Holy Mass in the Cathedral 25th December  8:30 am and 11:30 am St. Alfonso Church.  8:00 pm in the Cathedral 31th December  8:30 am and 11:30 am St. Alfonso Church Te deum  6:00 pm in the Church of St. Alfonso

Christmas Events Calendar in Agrigento:

From December 7th to 26th: Traditional Christmas markets in Piazza Montessori in San Leone. Novenas in the city center and in all the city districts. From December 21st to January 6th: Christmas market at Villa Bonfiglio with Santa‘s cottage, children’s attractions, mini amusement park, markets with typical products, and an exhibition of artisanal objects. Tasting of typical products in the villas of Porta di Ponte. Nativity scene in the historic center by local craftsmen. Friday, December 22nd: Pirandello Theater: concert of Sicilian Christmas songs performed by the Quartet Folk Orchestra. Saturday, December 23rd: 6 pm, Via Atenea: “Christmas in Via Atenea” a traveling performance by the Vincenzo Bellini band of Agrigento directed by Maestro Carmelo Mangione. Thursday, December 28th: 6:00 pm, Lucchesiana Library: Presentation of the novel “A Magical Flight” by Giovanna Giordano. December 28th and 29th: “Sicilymovie” cinema festival in its eighth edition. Saturday, December 30th: 7:00 pm, Parish of the Divine Providence in Via Manzoni: “Christmas in the Band,” a band concert with traditional Christmas pieces by the Vincenzo Bellini band. December 31st: New Year‘s Eve concert in Station Square by “Tiromancino.” January 6th: “The Procession of the Three Kings” with knights bringing gifts to Baby Jesus, organized by “I cavalieri della Valle,” from Pirandello Square to the Cathedral of San Gerlando. Throughout the holiday season: 5:00 pm onwards, street artists on Via Atenea and surrounding areas. Agrigento, with its millennia-old history and cultural richness, becomes an even more fascinating place during the Christmas season. Take advantage of this opportunity to explore the city, participate in events, and create unforgettable memories. Happy holidays in Agrigento!
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