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Christmas in Town

Lights, music, competitions, cinema, free parking, but also enhanced public transport: many are the novelties of a Christmas that will be forcibly different - first of all with the renunciation of the now traditional village in Piazza del Sole and the skating rink - but that the City is preparing to live under the banner of solidarity and support for the local economy.

Lights
The City of Bellinzona is preparing for the festivities with some novelties; first of all the forced renunciation, due to the pandemic situation, of the now traditional village in Piazza del Sole with tent and skating rink. Nevertheless, there will be no lack of ways to experience Christmas in the city again this year thanks, to begin with, to the Christmas trees that will enliven the squares of each district. Their lighting, although without official ceremonies, will take place November 27th. Moreover, in line with what has been done in recent years, the City has decided to upgrade the Christmas street lighting, with an upgrade or renewal of the illuminations in the Claro and Monte Carasso districts, as well as on the lower part of Viale Stazione in Bellinzona (other districts will follow in stages in the coming years). There will also be light effects on some historical buildings or squares in the districts of Bellinzona and Giubiasco: the Collegiate Church, Piazza del Sole, Piazza Indipendenza and Palazzo Civico in Bellinzona, the Church of Santa Maria Assunta and the lower part of Piazza Grande in Giubiasco.

Music
Despite the cancellation of the traditional Christmas markets in the various neighbourhoods, as well as the musical entertainment inside the marquee in Piazza del Sole, the intention is to propose entertainment that could accompany citizens through the streets of the city in full compliance with the health regulations in force. A walking musical entertainment programme that will be the background for those who move on foot or by bicycle between the streets of Bellinzona and Giubiasco to shop.

Furnishing and decoration
In addition, the project for the furnishing and decoration of the Bellinzona and Giubiasco districts is also proposed in collaboration with the respective Società dei Commercianti. And in order to offer a further meeting and entertainment point in Piazza del Sole, given the success of the outdoor furniture laid during Sconfinare and the exhibition of the New Workshops District, the mezzanine will also be maintained during the festivities, with tables, chairs and benches, to which a small set of Christmas decorations will be added.

Free parking
Still on the subject of commerce, two initiatives have been developed to stimulate purchases and make them somehow the protagonists of this Christmas. First of all, Bellinzona Town Hall, in collaboration with the Board of Directors of Autosilo Piazza del Sole, has decided to raise the barriers of two car parks during the extraordinary opening days of the shops, thus allowing citizens to park for free in the city centre. Parking at Autosilo Piazza del Sole will therefore be free on 8 and 20 December 2020, while at Autosilo Cervia it will be free on 13 and 24 December. For both car parks there are also discounts for those interested in purchasing a prepaid card.

Proposals for families
Also this year, the Trenino Artù will circulate free of charge every Wednesday and Saturday from 2nd December to 6th January, from 2 pm to 6 pm, transporting adults and children on a magical journey through the historic centre of the city. In addition, other moments of family fun will be organised in collaboration with the Cinema Forum of Bellinzona (health regulations permitting), which will offer the screening of five films for five Sundays, at 10.30 am with a replica at 2.00 pm, at the price of CHF 5 (drink included). More information on the website www.cinemaforum.ch. An initiative promoted by the City for the benefit of families.

Culture in the City
As far as cultural activities are concerned, we would like to mention the temporary exhibition in Castelgrande "Storie di fotografia" (5.12.2020-7.3.2021) which, taking inspiration from the photographic collection of the State Archives, will review some aspects of the world of photographers and photography in Ticino in the period 1855-1930. The Museum, inside the Castle, will also remain open throughout the winter season: the historical-archaeological section, with a summary presentation of 6500 years of human presence in the region, and the historical-artistic section, which includes a nucleus of tempera drawings on paper that originally embellished the ceiling of a sumptuous 15th century residence in the city centre. For those who are looking for challenges, the Escape Room Torre Nera is ready to welcome those who want to live an exciting experience travelling through time, among codes, clues and mysterious objects which, if solved correctly, will then give indications for the way out of the Castle. More information and reservations can be found on www.blockati.ch.

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  • CATEGORIES Music , Get-togethers