What to do in Florence at Christmas

Best Christmas events in Florence

Best Christmas events in Florence

Christmas is without a doubt one of the best times of the year in Florence. The city puts on its best colors and lights to create a magical atmosphere during the holiday season. Many events are organized in Florence in December and here are the best ones to have a good time while waiting for Christmas.

F-Light Festival

Best Christmas events in Florence

From December 8th 2021 to January 9th 2022, the F-Light Festival is coming back to Florence to illuminate the most famous monuments of the city. The 2021 edition is entitled “Reflections: where we are, where we are going” and is directed by Sergio Risaliti. As always, the projections of lights will be on display on the most famous monuments of Florence: Ponte Vecchio, Galileo Museum, Piazza San Lorenzo, Piazza Santissima Annunziata and also the towers and gates of the city. 

Every day, from 5:30pm to midnight, Florence will be floodlit by artistic illuminations, with the iconic video projected on the Ponte Vecchio.

As a way to conclude the year of the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death, projections about the Divine Comedy will be on display on the frontage of the Galileo Museum and of the Chamber of Commerce.

Christmas trees

Best Christmas events in Florence

The majestic Christmas trees are back on the main squares of Florence. The lights of the trees are now on to illuminate the major places of the city. The huge Christmas tree on the Piazza del Duomo is, as always, a delight for the eyes. If you go on towards the Piazza della Repubblica, you can admire the other incredible Christmas tree with its waterfall effect lights in the middle of the square. The famous Piazzale Michelangelo is also a great Christmas place of the city with a beautiful Christmas tree, being the perfect place to admire Florence’s lights from above.

As you walk in the city you will discover many other Christmas trees, sometimes a little less traditional but still as incredible as the others.

Florence Ice Village

Best Christmas events in Florence

This is the place to be in December in Florence: the Florence Ice Village at the Fortezza da Basso. From December 4th 2021 to January 16th 2022, a winter village is open with many Christmas attractions in Florence: a 55 meters high big wheel and the biggest skating rink of Europe. Open from 10am to 11pm (and until midnight on the weekends and holidays), the “Florence Eye” is perfect to enjoy a breath-taking view of the city. In the center of the gardens of the Fortezza, in the fountain, the huge skating rink is open from 10am to 11:45pm. In addition to those attractions, the Ice Village also hosts a Christmas market, and many events and shows are organized during the entire month.

Christmas lights

Best Christmas events in Florence

If Florence is such a magical place during the holiday season this is mainly because of the incredible lights arranged in the entire city. Wandering in Florence during that time of the year has a special taste and some places and streets are particularly dazzling. To admire those incredible Christmas lights the best places to go are: the Piazza della Repubblica with the Christmas tree and the astonishing lights on the Rinascente store and then the Via degli Strozzi right behind the square. To finish this “Christmas lights tour” you should definitely go to the famous Via dei Tornabuoni to contemplate the shiny decorations falling from the sky and check the Christmas decorations of the shop windows at the luxury boutiques of that street.

Christmas markets

Best Christmas events in Florence

Wandering around the Christmas markets is always a good idea during the holiday season.  The main Christmas market in the city is situated at the Piazza Santa Croce with more than 50 wooden houses full of typical Christmas products and food from all over Europe. This traditional holiday attraction is perfect to find your Christmas gifts, decorations or just to spend time with your friends and family.

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Religious celebrations

Best things to do at Christmas in Florence

If you are interested in participating in a Christmas Eve mass or a Christmas mass, most of the city’s churches will be open on December 24th and 25th to do so. The traditional Christmas Eve mass at the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral will be performed by the cardinal of Florence at midnight. Another mass will be celebrated on Christmas day at 10:30am still in the Duomo.

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