Presepe vivente e mercatini di Natale
The Nativity comes to life in the historic center of San Damiano d'Asti. In the evocative wineries the story of the nativity, in the heart of the village of Sutè, between ancient courtyards and alleys, the market square of Jerusalem, the rural area of Nazareth and the fortress of Herod.
The hours of the living nativity scene are from 2 pm to 7 pm
To make everything even more suggestive, always in the historic center on the same dates a small Christmas market. The nativity will be on the 8th, the 11th and the 18th of December.
The inauguration will be on the 7th of December at 8.30 pm.
It is still a mystery at the moment. Some say that it was Rudolph, his faithful reindeer, who convinced him: he is getting on in years and a milder climate such as that of Langhe Monferrato Roero is better suited to the luminescence of his nose. Others think it was the Elves. Not much is said about it, but Elves do love good wine. Others believe that he was exhausted due to his wife Margaret's constant muttering: “I would like to live in a castle, you never take me to beautiful places, you travel the world and I am always here cooking and ironing for everyone. Just once I would like to live like a queen!".
No one knows who was more convincing, but the result is that, for some years now, Father Christmas has chosen the castle of Govone, halfway between Asti and Alba, as his special residence: a regal setting, which was once owned by the Royal House of Savoy, just as Margaret had asked for, and set amidst hills famous for their excellent wines, just as the Elves had wished, in a microclimate that is invigorating and refreshing, much to Rudolph's delight.
Santa Claus' arrival can only be a great celebration for everyone, adults and children alike who can experience a magical adventure in Govone: a castle transformed into a big stage where, in-between musicals, lights and animations, you can meet an extraordinary Santa Claus, who is always smiling and helpful. A fantastic journey into the realm of dreams and fantasy, accompanied by a very impressive Christmas Market (one of the best in Europe), which will pervade the streets and squares of Asti.
This too is a mystery - who persuaded Santa Claus to broaden his horizons? Maybe Rudolph who loves the music of Paolo Conte? The Elves who have learned that there are many historic buildings and museums in Asti where they can hide and play their little tricks? Or perhaps Margaret, who loves shopping and strolling through the glittering boutiques of the old town? We will only find out by living it as we are spellbound by the magic of Christmas!