Christmas in Italy is of course first of all a Christian celebration, and local communities often enjoy to celebrate the Holy Night offering the coming Lord their home. This is why, in La Spezia, Christmas is traditionally celebrated on the sea and in the sea. The passion of La Spezia people for the sea makes local Scuba divers to be the main characters of Christmas Night when with spectacular lighting shows and chants, the Baby Jesus is given by people to divers, to take him in the sea so that it can flow in our stretch of water.
This happens traditionally in at least two places: on the city’s main sea promenade – Passeggiata Morin – and in the village of Tellaro.
The city’s event organized by the Scuba Brigade of the Hospital of La Spezia celebrates this year its 43rd anniversary, still very successful with local people and tourists. To attend the event, just go to the Walk Morin, on Christmas night, at 22:30. The evening’s program will be full of surprises and emotional, like every year. Twenty brave will come from the sea with a candle burning to assist the birth of baby Jesus that will be carried in a white shell. Then the shell will be opened and the divers, will kick off a show of light and color. Then, the shell will be taken in procession to the church of Santa Maria Assunta in Piazza Beverini, where the baby Jesus will be delivered by our younger students to the parish priest for the Christmas Night Mass.
Reverse path for the Baby Jesus in the picturesque beautiful village of Tellaro, near Lerici, where on Christmas night around five thousand candles spread all over the alleyways of the village and Marina will be the scene of a gospel concert and fireworks show, while in the sea divers will carry a statue of the little boy rising from the water, a script that has been repeated for many years, without ever losing the charm of a tradition firmly rooted among the inhabitants of the village.