christmas in florence

Christmas in Florence - Ideas and calendar

A calendar of cultural, original and traditional events for an emotional Christmas in Florence.

Undoubtedly, the cherished elements of Christmas are food, family, gifts, fun, leisure and drinks, and nothing will ever change that. Keeping that in mind, we have created a Florentine Christmas calendar that will bring you through the whole of December until the end of the year.
Attention! For the grumpy grinches on duty, there’s even hope of finding something pleasant for you

Feast of the Immaculate Conception - December 8

On the day of the Immaculate Conception, trees are put up in Florence as per Italian tradition! On December 8, the large Christmas tree is lit in the historic centre of Florence, and many lights illuminate the city. For several years, it has been hosted in the spectacular setting of Piazza del Duomo. The fir tree lighting event is an official ceremony that’s chaired by the mayor with many taking part in the occasion. Also in front of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is a large nativity scene with life-size terracotta statues.

F-Lights Festival starts from the first week of December: it illuminates the mainly monuments of Florence during Christmas and until the first week of January.

Florence Ice Village and Ferris Wheel

From 8 December to 15 January 2024, the most magical and exciting place of this period returns by popular demand to the Cascine Park in Florence: the ice skating rink! The Ice Village, in fact, boasts the longest ice skating rink in Europe and a huge Ferris wheel from which to observe the whole city!

Christmas Market in Piazza Santa Croce - from November 18 to December 17 2023

Until December 17 you can enjoy the unmissable Weihnachtsmarkt of Florence. The traditional German Christmas market features culinary specialties such as wurstel, sauerkraut, stinchi di maiale, pretzels and strudel, as well as bringing gifts and typical German products to the city. The much-loved market by all Florentines can be found in the magical Piazza Santa Croce. Discover all the Christmas markets.

Christmas Eve - December 24

Christmas Eve is the perfect opportunity to go and see the best exhibitions in the city: art nouveau, contemporary art and baroque painting.


The Florentine Reinassance - Walking Tour

90 minutes walking tour. Unforgettable guided walking tour in the center of Florence.

Starting from 35,00 €

Christmas in Florence - December 25

Christmas day is spent with whoever and however you want. We hope that Florence will pamper you properly with its red rooftops and Renaissance atmosphere illuminated by warm Christmas lights. 

Post-Christmas in Florence - December 26/30 

On these days of the Florentine holiday period, it’s the perfect time to explore the city and give both yourself and your loved one’s new experiences. Destination Florence has many ideas for you.


The Uffizi Gallery - Guided Tour with Priority Access

1,30 hour guided tour of the Uffizi. Enjoy the Uffizi Gallery and its largest collection of Renaissance paintin ...

Starting from 66,90 €


The Florentine Reinassance - Walking Tour

90 minutes walking tour. Unforgettable guided walking tour in the center of Florence.

Starting from 35,00 €


Wine and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting in the Chianti Colli F ...

You will enter the world of Chianti Colli Fiorentini by walking through the vineyards and olive groves, visitin ...

Starting from 25,00 €

Cooking class

Things to do in Florence: Tuscan Cooking Class with Dinner

When in Florence you should learn how to cook like a Tuscan! You'll learn how to prepare a traditional Tuscan f ...

Starting from 73,00 €

New Year's Eve in Florence - December 31

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