Christmas is coming and Florence is ready and decked out! Lights brighten Florence, trees and Christmas decorations create an atmosphere of cheer, and a full roster of events makes the run-up to December 25 extra fun. All this means the holiday seasons is one of the best times for visiting Florence.
Christmas Market Santa Croce Christmas events in Florence
In late November, the yearly German Christmas Market in Santa Croce opened with its little wooden huts to buy traditional food and crafts from throughout Europe, decorations for your Christmas tree, and culinary delights, or stop for a cozy cup of “vin brulé”, hot-spiced wine. It will stay open until December 19.
Everyone eagerly awaits December 8 every year for the lighting of the big Christmas tree in Piazza Duomo. The tree will be with us until Epiphany (January 6) when the Magi come bearing gifts.
On December 22 don’t miss the folk “Festival of Gifts” when, with the help of Florence’s boating club, Santa Claus brings happy tidings to Florence!
Want an original idea for seeing Florence at Christmas? Get on a horse carriage! Your own personal guide can bring you to admire Florence’s finest monuments and immerse yourself in a true Christmas atmosphere. This age-old form of transportation shouldn’t be confused with smaller Florentine “fiaccherai” (buggies) drawn by just one horse. A carriage with two gray Percheron horses.
If you’re a fan of ice-skating, there’s the Florence Ice Palace open every day from 10:00 am to midnight in Piazza della Libertà. On December 31 there will be a New Year’s party.
Christmas in Chianti
Outside of Florence, Chianti is getting ready for Christmas with markets too. On Sunday, December 8 and December 15 there are markets in Greve a Chianti. In Panzano in Chianti, there are Nativity Scenes in old streets and courtyards with art works inspired by the theme of nativity. On December 8, Santa Claus will come by horseback to Strada in Chianti. You can go to Chianti from Florence and come back in a single day to enjoy a lovely day amidst romantic vineyards and villages.
Photo credits: www.ioamofirenze.it
English translation by Miriam Hurley