The December 8 weekend generally starts the Italian Christmas holiday season. Elaborate Nativity scenes or presepi are a big part of a traditional Italian Christmas but there are also Christmas lights and decorations and Italian Christmas markets.
Santa Lucia Day, December 13, is another big Italian celebration day, especially in Sicily. There are several other saint's days in December including St. Stephan's Day (the day after Christmas), music festivals, and even a wild boar feast. Read more about these festivals in December Events in Italy.
Picture of Santa Chiara Nativity in Naples © James Martin, Europe Travel