The lights on the balconies and garlands on the doors, the mad race for the last gift, and the desire to be together to celebrate those days when we are all a little bit better still seem a long way off.
It seems a long way off, but Christmas is less than 100 days away, so it’s time to start thinking about what to do, and find out about the best events that will take place in the city.
During the Christmas period, from early December, Florence dresses itself in lights. Nativity scenes and artisan markets are scattered around the city.
Christmas, therefore, is a time to celebrate, to stay together and enjoy dates and events that make Florence even more beautiful.
Discover all the Florence Christmas events with us!
Already in Florence from early December, the city begins to be decorated with lights, and shopkeepers prepare their windows, but the undisputed centrepiece of this period, the Christmas tree, will be unveiled on December 8th, placed now for some years now in the splendid setting of Piazza del Duomo. At the same time in the same square in the churchyard of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore a beautiful nativity scene with its characters is set up.
We all know that Christmas is also the time for frenzied shopping and Sunday strolls through shops and markets, so let’s look at what the city of Florence offers to lovers of shopping.
The most sought after Christmas market is in Piazza Santa Croce, which is open from late November to mid-December .
Whilst walking amongst the wooden houses, you’ll feel like you’re in a small village in Germany or northern Italy. Here you will find products ranging from handicrafts, to gourmet products, to small decor items and Christmas decorations.
Traditional shopping lovers will instead find the old town’s shops, open every day until Christmas.
A traditional event is also the Fierucola dell’Immacolata, which takes place in Piazza Santissima Annunziata on December 8th.
Those who come to Florence at Christmas for a bit of sport and fun, will find some valid alternatives to winter sports. At the Parterre (Piazza Libertà area) an ice-skating rink has been open for a number of years, and includes ice skate rental.
At the ObiHall (South Florence), the Toscana Winter Park is open, and includes an ice skating rink, as well as snow and a ski slope.
The La Fonderia B&B is perfect for visiting Florence during the Christmas holidays, located just outside the historic centre and outside the restricted traffic area, so you can have all the ease of getting to Florence by car, but not be overwhelmed by the chaos of the city centre.
The centre of Florence can be reached comfortably on foot or by bicycle in just ten minutes.
Book a room and prepare to experience the magic of Christmas in Florence in comfort.