Three things to do at Christmas in Florence
Like in practically all cities, the Christmas markets are definitely worth a visit during your wanderings around the streets of Florence. In this Tuscany Italian city, the most famous Christmas Market is the German Market situated on Piazza Santa Croce, whose original name is Mercato Tedesco di Natale.
From the 3rd to the 30th of December locals and tourists alike wander around the many stalls that reside in this German market where they can try and buy typical German products, whether its German strudel, mulled wine, or other treats and food products such the traditional German bratwurst (sausage), as well as ceramics and various craftworks.
In addition, there is a small merry-go-round for the entertainment of children, a true Christmas classic. Finally, there is another typical market in Florence which is the Florence Noel, situated in the Statione Neopoldo that hosts this Christmas Fair and Father Christmas himself. Here, you will find all the typical Christmas articles and artisan products for some perfect gift ideas.
After enjoying some typical German products in the famous German market, the best thing to do is get a bit of exercise, and there is nothing better than an eminently winter sport such as ice-skating.
Therefore, in Florence you will find an ice-skating rink in the Piazza della Liberta, which is open from the 1st of December until the 13th of January, where for a mere 6 euros you can hire some ice-skates and skate on the ice-skating rink to the beat of the most traditional Christmas carols.
In addition, on Christmas day, Father Christmas himself stops by to chat with the children gathered there and promises the best presents to those that have been good all year.
Nativity scenes and classical music
In Florence, like any good catholic city, there are an abundance of nativity scenes, and each catholic cathedral displays their best figures from the 8th of December when they celebrate the Day of the Immaculate Conception, and although they are very pretty during the day, they are especially beautiful at night.
A visit to the Santa María Novella Church is highly recommended. In addition, for those of you that like classical music, there are a multitude of free concerts at night in Florence at Christmas. Thus, what better than spending an evening listening to your favourite classical music in the Orsanmichele Church, or the Church of San Freidano in Cestello, or alternatively in the Church of San Firenze. Truly a luxury during your Christmas holidays.
Claudia – Marketing Team