Christmas in Florence
Christmas is almost upon us…..A festive atmosphere reigns in all the cities and lovely Florence is no exception. During the lead up to Christmas, the city hosts numerous events that increase the magic and warm up those cold winter days. Let’s have a look at what’s on this Christmas in Florence.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without the typical Christmas markets, and Florence hosts some of the prettiest during the month of December. There is a mountain of gift ideas, items to decorate your home, Christmas trees and lots of typical festive food on offer. Start with the classic “Weihnachtsmarkt” which take place in the Piazza de la Santa Croce from the 28th of November to the 16th of December. This typical German style market comlpete with little wooden huts sells a range of items including handcrafted Christmas decorations to mulled wine and toys for children of all ages.
With the arrival of the bank holiday weekend in Florence comes the celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception when lots of other Christmas markets spring up in the Tuscan capital. On the 8th of December, the Piazza Santissima Annunziata will be hosting the “Fierucola dell’Immacolata” an organic food fair which has recently combined with the Lungoungiorno artisanal fair. Now you can find everything you need under the one roof.
Music and other activities
Christmas isn’t all about markets. As you wander through the city, you will find many things to do which have been organised by the Florence City Hall for you to enjoy as a family.
On the 23rd of November until the 12 of January an ice rink installed in the “Parterre” at Piazza della Libertà, which over the years has become a symbol of the spirit of Christmas and winter. Every year, there is a special day over Christmas when you can spend a fun day with your friends or family.
However, the fun in Florence doesn’t stop there. Up until the Epiphany, the city will play host to free theatre productions, folklore and live music. Amongst the many Christmas concerts on offer, there are the performances at the “Nuovo Teatro dell’Opera”, on the 19th of December the annual Christmas Concert will take place and on the 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 and 31 of December, the Nutcracker will be performed.