Florence transforms into a magical place when the Christmas season arrives. The festivities start by early December and last throughout the month with a lot of events, markets, and festivals being held all across the city. If you are planning to visit the Tuscan capital city during the Christmas holidays this year, below are some of the things that you must do in order to enjoy your time in Florence to the fullest.
Visit the Weihnachtsmarkt German Market
This annual Christmas market set up in front of the Basilica of Santa Croce has a special charm to it. The German market starts early in December and usually ends a couple of days before Christmas. You can find many craft goods and stunning artifacts created by renowned artisans, which you can buy for your friends and family members as Christmas gifts.
Attend the Christmas Eve Mass in the Duomo
The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, which is also known as the Florence Cathedral or Duomo, can be the best place to attend Christmas Eve Mass. Every year, a gigantic Christmas tree is decorated here, which makes the ambiance even more mesmerizing. But because the cathedral gets crowded fairly early you should make sure to visit the church early to get a place inside.
Have Some Tea at the British Institute of Florence Christmas Fair
The British Institute of Florence organizes a Christmas Fair every year, featuring many renowned books, crafts, and lots more. Their proceeds go to support the Harold Acton Library, which is one of the most stunning libraries in Florence. They also offer delicious cakes, pastries, and English tea at the fair, which are a must-try.
Go for a Movie at River to River
River to River is the last event of the La 50 Giorni di Cinema Internazionale a Firenze film festival held in Florence during the October to December months. You can enjoy films from and about India in the final event and enjoy the entire film festival. This would be a great experience to learn about the cultures of different countries.
Go Ice Skating at Florence Winter Park
Although it very rarely snows in Florence, you can have an immersive ice skating experience at the rink located in Firenze Winter Park. It can be found in Lungarno Aldo Moro near the Arno River. There you can enjoy ice-skating with your friends and family, and it is open to older couples and children as well. This can be one of the simplest ways to enjoy your holidays away from the crowds in the city.