Florence is one of those cities that seems enchanting around Christmas. The joyful atmosphere starts in early December, and throughout the month, there are enough of events, markets, festivals and things to do. Enjoy the Tuscan capital city during one of the best times of the year. Christmas in Florence is festive treat, thanks to a breathtaking light festival, and plenty of festive decorations and events. From the giant Christmas tree and origin scene in Piazza Duomo, the Christmas Market in Piazza Santa Croce and plenty of shopping chance.
List of things to do on Christmas in Florence:
1.Attend the Christmas Eve Mass in the Duomo
The gorgeous Cathedral of Florence, also called the Duomo, becomes a fascinating place during the Christmas season thanks to the big tree and the nativity scene just outside. If you are planning to visit, there is no better time than during the winter holidays. One of the best ways to experience the typical Christmas atmosphere is to attend the Christmas Eve Mass. Make sure to arrive early because the church is very busy, especially during the holiday season.
2.Tea at the British Institute of Florence
For tea fans, there is nothing better than spending some time at the British Institute of Florence during the Christmas holidays. Their Christmas Fair features books, crafts and more to help support the Harold Acton Library, one of the most gorgeous libraries in town that is well worth a visit if you get the chance. During your visit, taste some of the delicious cakes, pastries and, of course, English tea.
3.The Nutcracker at Teatro della Pergola
Teatro della Pergola, one of the most important theaters in Florence, hosts a production of The Nutcracker, one of the most famous ballets in the world. Those in Florence during the Christmas season should be sure to reserve tickets for the special performance by the Moscow Ballet. Some advice—book the tickets in advance, as they tend to sell out quickly.
4.Ice skate at Florence Winter Park
It rarely snows in Florence so you’ll be disappointed if you’re looking for a white Christmas. But for those who love to ice skate, Florence has a rink open near the Arno River at Florence Winter Park. You’ll find families with children, older couples and groups of friends looking to have a good time together. It is one of the best ways to get out of the crowded city center and spend a few hours just having a lot of fun.
5. Enjoy a shopping sessions
There is no doubt that Florence has become one of the world’s shopping capital. In its gorgeous historic center, which has not changed in over 500 years, there are endless amounts of goods, from leather bags from local markets to high-end designer label suits and gowns. Shopping in Florence is a pleasure regardless of budget or taste, but it becomes even more pleasant at Christmas time. In fact, in winter tourists are few, the streets are less crowded, and the artisans in the handicraft shops are happy to take the time to chat. And don’t worry about the holiday: all shops, restaurants and museums will be open over the holidays.