Christmas in Venice, a Magic City
Have you ever dreamed of spending Christmas in Venice? Arriving at the city of canals by water taxi, seeing its Renaissance palaces appear slowly before your eyes and its golden lights reflected in the water?
Venice, with its gondolas, narrow streets, shops and markets, is a magic setting for enjoying your Christmas holidays. As well as visiting St. Mark’s Square, the Jewish Ghetto and other tourist attractions of the city, if you travel to Venice during Christmas you’ll be able to discover some of the traditional activities of this period, and try some typical dishes of the season like fish soup or panettone.
Things to do in Venice during Christmas
Among all the things to do in Christmas in Venice in 2015, take note of the following…
Christmas markets in Venice – The traditional Christmas flea markets will be set up in various points of the city. Here, you’ll find typical Christmas produce, coloured lights, wines, Italian cheeses, handicrafts, wooden toys, gloves, scarves, soaps, etc. Where: Strada Nuova, Campo SS. Apostoli, Campo S. Bartolomeo, Campo S. Luca and Campo S. Salvador. When: from the 20th of December 2015 to the 5th of January 2016.
Natale di Vetro – On the island of Murano, the “Natale di Vetro” (Glass Christmas) has been celebrated for several years. During this event, activities and exhibitions related to glassworking will be organised, among which a regatta in which representatives of different glass factories will compete in festive dress. Where: Murano. When: from the 5th of December.
Midnight Mass –One of the typical traditions of Christmas in Venice is the midnight mass in St. Mark’s Basilica. Despite what it might seem, this nocturnal Christmas Eve mass is very popular, meaning that if you fancy seeing what it’s like, better to get there soon. Where: St. Mark’s Basilica. When: 24th December at 23.30 pm.
New Year’s Mascarade – To bring in the Carnival festival spirit, New Year’s Eve in Venice will be celebrated in two huge parties in which music, drinks, carnival masks and fireworks will all be present. How could you think of a better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Venice? Where: St. Mark’s Square and Piazza Ferretto de Mestre. When: December 31st.