The holiday season has begun in Florence! The incredible Christmas lights are on, the huge Christmas trees will return soon and as the other great Christmas events are coming back in Florence, let’s talk about one of the main holiday activities: the Christmas markets. Here are the best Christmas markets in Florence to find your Christmas gifts or just take a walk with a glass of mulled wine or a steaming hot chocolate.
Piazza Santa Croce Christmas market
Until 19 December
Piazza Santa Croce
The traditional Christmas market in the Piazza Santa Croce is the main one in Florence. The Weihnachtsmarkt (german name of the market) will be open until the December 19th. This year, over 50 shops are waiting for visitors in the traditional wooden stands. As always, the market brings the typical Christmas perfumes and flavors in Florence with hand-crafted products which serve as perfect gifts and Christmas decorations, and also traditional holiday food from all over Europe. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the market, many events will happen, especially for children.
Florence Ice Village Christmas market
4 – 24 December (Christmas Market) / 3 December – 18 January 2022 (Ice Village)
Fortezza da Basso
This is the big novelty of the holiday season in Florence: The Ice Village. From December 3rd to January 18th, 2022, a winter village is installed in the gardens of the Fortezza da Basso with two main attractions. The first one is the 55 meters high big wheel (Florence Eye) which allows visitors to have a breath-taking panoramic view of the city. The second one is the huge skating rink, the biggest in Europe, in the central fountain of the garden. In addition to those two exciting attractions, Christmas markets are also present in the area from December 4th to 24th. The Ice Village is the place to be this month in Florence to have fun and to buy your Christmas gifts.
Christmas market in San Donato shopping center in Novoli
Until 9 January
Centro Commerciale San Donato, via Enrico Forlanini, 1,
In the Novoli area in the northwest part of Florence, the San Donato shopping mall is hosting its traditional Christmas market until January 9th, 2022. More than 40 wooden houses are expecting the visitors in the open square of the shopping center. This Christmas market is the perfect place to find original gift ideas while tasting typical Christmas food.
Special Christmas market in Piazza dei Ciompi
Piazza dei Ciompi
The “Curiosando al mercato” is an initiative promoted by the association Confesercenti Firenze and they will be in the Piazza dei Ciompi in the center of the city on Thursday, December 23rd, for a special Christmas market.