At this time of year, Florence becomes all the more majestic and beautiful, graced by the special magic of Christmas lights throughout its center and shops. Not only is there the traditional glittering tree in Piazza Duomo, we have a spellbinding display of lights and installations throughout Florence’s streets, including the grandiose installation by Michelangelo Pistoletto at the Mercato Centrale.
Florence is also readying for the holidays with events and markets throughout town, including
Christmas Market in Santa Croce
Weihnachtsmarkt German Christmas Market — 14th Edition
Piazza S. Croce
December 2 to December 20, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
As it does every year, Piazza Santa Croce is hosting the traditional German market. A northerly Christmas atmosphere is in the air, featuring traditional wooden huts. Here you can enjoy some mulled wine, hot dogs, pretzels and ham hocks or buy some Christmas sweets and presents.
Piazza del Carmine
December 8 to January 6, from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Santa’s Village is coming to Piazza del Carmine. A Christmas market, children’s games, workshops, theme-based happy hours, and gospel singing — these are just a few of the many fun things slated for the square. Local schools and day cares were involved for the occasion, and children will be able to post letters in the village from 430 PM to to 6:00 PM and meet Santa Claus. There’ll also be an ice skating rink with free admission.
From December 8 to 27, F-light, Festival of Lights, will light up all of Florence’s major monuments with astonishing light effects, installations and projections. You can admire the extraordinary sight in some of Florence’s major locations including San Firenze, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Pitti, Piazza Santo Spirito and the San Paolino church in Via Palazzuolo. Workshops and special events will also be organized in San Lorenzo, at the Novecento Museum, the Loggia del Pesce, Via Santa Monica, Porta Romana and Porta San Frediano.
See the complete program here: