All I want for Christmas

Once again I renewed my visit to the Santa’s Village in Taneto di Gattatico and like last year it surprised me once more. This time I took my father with me because he always liked the Christmas decorations and I was sure he would appreciate it. Olle the settings were completely different from last year. Taneto di Gattatico is a small town in the province of Reggio Emilia where since 16 years (first edition in 2002), during the Christmas period, a garden centre magically turns into Santa’s Village. Therefore, it will be open from the last weekend of October to the 7th of January. It is the biggest covered Christmas market in Italy where an area of about 4000 square meters, arranged in two floors, is set up with everything necessary for a perfect Christmas decoration. In fact, products of different quality and variety are exposed in order to satisfy every taste and every pocket.

The particularity of this place is given by the fact that each object is not simply supported to be sold but is used to create the warm Christmas atmosphere that just completely blew all off their feet. Every year is different from the previous ones thanks to the Christmas designers who study and anticipate international trends in order to create evocative settings. Believe me; children will go crazy finding their selves in such an enchanted place. The Garden Centre is called Mondo Verde and it is located just 2km from the Terre di Canossa highway exit, therefore, easily reachable. The entrance ticket costs 3.00 euros for adults and it is completely free for children under 10 years of old and this remains the second good reason to go with kids. If you spend 30.00 euros or more the amount of your entrance ticket will be given back to you at the exit counter. From Monday to Friday they are open from 9am to 7 pm with a lunch break in the middle between 12.30 to 3pm. On Saturdays they are open non-stop from 9am to 9pm; meanwhile on Sundays and on Public holidays they are open non-stop from 9am to 7 pm. They are closed on the 25th and 26th of December. Pets are welcomed here if they are carried appropriately. During the highest turnout moments, like Saturday and Sunday evenings, it could be forbidden entering with the strollers. In this case, it will be stored in a safety room at the entrance. As I imagined, my father seemed to appreciate it and for me it was really nice seeing him looking at every single object with the eyes of a child. It remains in our opinion a place to visit for both adults and children. It will really warm your heart and the little ones can see their dreams coming true. Then what are you waiting for? Here below their contacts details. Via M.Tonelli 30/C, Taneto di Gattatico (RE) Phone number: 0039 0522 671 888

P.S. Here is a small secret for children: Among all those beautiful statues of Santa Claus, there is also a real one with whom taking your souvenir photo. Don't miss him!!!


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  1. A Christmas village, wow! Looking at the pictures alone makes me all excited. I like Christmas villages, they bring out the kid in me and nothing in this world feels good than feeling like you are a child once again. I like that one with the well and the nativity scene.

  2. I've been wanting to go on a Christmas village like this. 30 euro sounds reasonable to me. I used to believe that Christmas is just for kids but now that I'm already an adult i still find Christmas decors and everything that's connected to it is just so simply lovely and beautiful.

  3. such a lovely article , thanks for sharing ... going through it i could feel the joy that a visit to a place such as this would get into the heart .... it is definitely seems to a magical place and the details mentioned will add to the ease of visit

  4. Wow, this looks like a fairy tale place to me. I can imagine why it captures your dad and your interest. My kids would definitely love it and finding the real Santa would be fun ! Thanks for sharing !

  5. Such a wonderful place to be in this Christmas! I love these decorations.
    Looks straight from a movie.

  6. It looks enchanting! Want that Santa in my living room! Beautiful!

  7. Seeing a Christmas village on your blog post is just wow! Looking at the pictures alone really makes me feel that Christmas is so near. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I wish to own a Christmas Village at the back of our house soon.

  8. This place could easily bring out the (jolly) child in me. All the spark and colors are great. I hope to decorate our house with this but unfortunately, I haven't had the chance to visit a store and actually purchase ones lately. Here in my hometown we kinda have a warehouse but everything is santa claus. :o

  9. Spectacular photos, have been feeling a bit like a grinch this year but his gets me into the holiday spirit! It makes me want to go right now <3

  10. Amazing! I want to visit a Christmas village too. I'm in a country where they don't celebrate Christmas like other countries do and it makes me miss how I used to celebrate this holiday. I'm glad to see your post about this. This is all I want for Christmas. :)

  11. AWEEEE So Christmas feels. Being away from my family in the Philippines makes me miss so much of the way Filipinos celebrate Christmas. Good thing that here in Taipei, we can still feel the Christmas Spirit with all the Christmas decorations seen everywhere.

  12. Wow! I was just dazzled by their unique pieces! I usually see stores that sell tge common items like Santa or snowman; but this place is magical! Hope to find one here also in my country! :)


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