Bollate, Villa Arconati: big Christmas party in little Versailles

The enchanted atmosphere of Christmas lights up in little Versailles

BOLLATE – Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December 2022 our little Versailles opens its doors wide for an appointment that has now become unmissable for young and old: our beautiful Christmas Party, where you will find:

. the craft displays under the Portico d’Onore,
. Santa’s Office,
. the exhibition of handcrafted nativity scenes,
. the carriage ride in the enchanted garden,
. the choirs and the band with traditional Christmas songs,
. creative workshops for children,
. Roasted chestnuts and mulled wine, sweets and hot chocolate, candies and cotton candy … and a warm and welcoming Christmas Lunch,
… and a surprise for the children from Santa Claus … at 2.30pm

On his long journey from the North Pole to the homes of all the children of the world, Santa Claus has also decided to stop by Villa Arconati to make a wonderful surprise for all the visiting children.
He awaits you on Saturday and Sunday at 2.30 pm to give you candies and sweets… in a truly spectacular way!

This year Santa Claus has his office in one of the halls of the Villa! The Elves are waiting for all the children who want to write or deliver letters to Santa Claus and who knows if our beloved Santa will come to visit his office to meet all his young friends… we think so!

On the ground floor of the south-east wing, traditionally dedicated to art exhibitions, artistic diorama nativity scenes of excellent workmanship will be on display, created by the nativity scene makers of the Italian Association Amici del Presepe Milan-Lainate headquarters. Each diorama is a work which, using the perspective technique, tries to reproduce an episode taken from the Gospel, transporting it to the time decided by the author, trying to reproduce the setting as faithfully as possible. Various materials are used, from wood to plaster to polystyrene. The statues of all the works are by Italian and Spanish artists chosen among the most important and representative.
It will be possible to admire the announcement to Mary, the visit to Mary set in a characteristic village, some Nativity scenes set in a cave, at home, in a stable, at a stop after a long journey, in an oriental location. The visitor will also be able to observe an adolescent Jesus helping his father Giuseppe master shipwright. Finally, together with all the peoples of the earth, it will be possible to stop in a stable to admire a child placed in a manger.

And also… the Vivere Castellazzo Association of the Parish of Castellazzo will show the faithful and visitors the ancient nativity scene of the small Church of San Guglielmo: a beautiful and very rare example of traditional nativity scene, inserted in the unique spirituality of the small medieval church of the Borgo di Castellazzo .

On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, from 14.00 to 17.00, it will be possible to enjoy the charm of our baroque garden just like the noble lords of the past: with an exclusive carriage ride.

A new and unique way of “listening” to books: this is the futuristic project that will be previewed at Villa Arconati by Roberto Tamburrino and Thomas Vitalini, the creators of the “Quarta Dimension Audio” project. Unlike traditional audiobooks, by wearing common headphones it will be possible to experience the pages of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol firsthand, having full perception of the spaces, sounds, characters and their movements.
A Christmas Carol 3D is the first 3D audiobook in the world, capable of stimulating the listener’s imagination, giving back an active experience that exploits the ability to evoke images and suggest faces and environments that recreate the Victorian London of the miser Scrooge (played by Stefano Andreoli, one of the 24 actors chosen throughout Italy to carry out the project).
It will be possible to live the unique experience of the 3D Christmas Carol in the beautiful Arconati Library on the ground floor of the Villa, where adults and children can actively immerse themselves in the sounds, thanks to the Time Machine, the special “time machine” created specifically for listening 3D of history.

Saturday and Sunday at 17.00 the Sala Museo will host the Christmas Carols sung by the choirs of the Vivere Castellazzo Association and the Domenico Scarlatti Musical Association of Baranzate.
Sunday 11 December at 15.00, instead, the Arturo Toscanini Band of Bollate will perform for the Visitors in a beautiful Christmas Concert.

The fate of the bandoneón is strange and paradoxical: born in mid-19th century Germany for poor churches that could not afford an organ, it instead found its true voice on the other side of the ocean, in the mythological Buenos Aires of the tango. From hymns, psalms and processions to variously sacred music by Arolas, Maffia, Laurenz, Troilo, Ruggiero, Federico, Piazzolla. Among the holy hands that impose the reasons for lasting on the bandoneón are those of César Stroscio. “The poet of the bandoneón”, defined him by Le Monde, eighty years almost all played, the first album recorded solo as a child, then the heresy of the nuevo tango in the early 60s, the Cuarteto Cedrón, the exile to Paris, the tango in the obstinate and opposite direction of the Trio Esquina, the records and recitals with Juan Gelman, the stellar collaborations with Paco Ibañez and Angelique Ionatos, the first European chair of bandoneón at the Genneviliers Conservatory. A life in symbiosis with the instrument.
On 11 December, world tango day, Gounod, Bach and Frescobaldi will also play to celebrate, in the completely human breath of the bellows, the sacredness of the spirit and the sacredness of the body, what we are and what transcends us.
Church of San Guglielmo – Castellazzo
Sunday 11 December at 15.00 | FREE ENTRY subject to availability

Under the Loggiato there will be a selection of exhibitors chosen from among the best artisan realities in Northern Italy for those who want to take home a little Christmas present to support small producers!

The FAR Bookshop will also be present among the exhibitors. You will be able to find many handmade objects thanks to the collaboration of the Augusto Rancilio Foundation with craft and social realities of the area, which create unique and exclusive products: Christmas decorations, Baroque-inspired jewels, scented candles, objects that recall the precious decorations of the Villa , the volume published on the “Tesori del Palazzo”, our honey produced at Castellazzo and much more, for exclusive Christmas gifts with a spirit of solidarity.

Even our Caffè Goldoni will dress up in the magical Christmas atmosphere and will offer a welcoming tea room where you can enjoy a delicious Christmas snack with hot drinks, chocolate, slices of cake, biscuits and of course the typical Christmas sweets!
And in the Corte Nobile… roasted chestnuts and mulled wine thanks to the collaboration with the Pro Loco of Bollate.

. CHRISTMAS LUNCH – from 12.00 to 15.00
The Sala Rossa will welcome visitors for a special Christmas Lunch: dressed up in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, it will offer a special Christmas menu, with typical dishes of these festive days! In addition to the usual variety of appetizers, first courses, second courses and desserts, the menu will feature Carnaroli rice creamed with Navelli saffron, Porcini mushrooms and Parmigiano Reggiano fondue; Stuffed turkey with local chestnut and plum sausage, served with red fruit sauce, baked potatoes and bacon-sautéed green beans. The dessert will be enriched with traditional Christmas desserts: Panettone Meneghino with mascarpone sauce; Pandoro Veronese with chocolate sauce; clementines and peanuts.
To be able to have lunch in the magical atmosphere of Christmas in the Villa, booking is recommended (msg Whatsapp on 393.6638140)

And then…
… all the splendor of Villa Arconati to be experienced with a walk independently or with guided tours, accompanied by the passionate stories of our volunteer guides to discover the noble rooms and our enchanted garden.

Do you want to experience the unique atmosphere of our Christmas Party? Buy the FAR PASS 2023! With the FAR Pass you can experience the Villa whenever you wish, thanks to unlimited and preferential access (skip the line!) for the entire season when it is open to the public. The FAR Pass allows access to all areas that can be visited with the free-visit admission ticket (not valid for guided tours), including the Bookshop and Caffè Goldoni. Come back to the Villa whenever you want, even just to meet friends, for lunch or to drink a coffee in little Versailles!
If you buy the 2023 FAR Pass now, you will have access to the Villa at Christmas in Villa Arconati and for the entire 2023 Public Opening Season.
Buy your FAR Pass online on our website or on Sundays at the Villa Ticket Office.

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December 2022
from 11.00 to 18.00 (last access at 17.00)

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Bollate, Villa Arconati: big Christmas party in little Versailles