Christmas and New Year 2019-2020

Christmas and New Year in Florence? We tell you how to spend it!

From 08 December 2019 to 06 January 2020


Christmas holidays are inexorably approaching and you are caught by a Hamlet-like doubt ... entertainment or culture? If you do not want to give up either of these options, we have the solution that is right for you if you intend to visit Florence at Christmas time and spend New Year’s Eve: in Florence, Italy! To round off 2019, you will be spoiled for choice: Florence Christmas markets, various events, carnivals but also many tours to discover the most beautiful Christmas decorations in Tuscany, guided visits to the most important museums of Florence, cooking classes, Christmas concerts in Florence, Italy and more!

Take advantage of Christmas holidays in Florence in 2019 to organize a memorable Christmas in Florence: on you will find many ideas to enjoy Christmas in Florence in 2018 and choose activities that interest you and thereby avoiding the chaos that reigns in this period!

Spending in Florence (Italy) Christmas is one thing to try at least once in your lifetime. The evocative atmosphere at this time makes the city even more magical: colourful shop windows, lights, decorations, shows in the square, Tuscan Christmas décor and typical Florence Christmas markets will accompany you until the day of the Epiphany, giving you unique emotions.

Our proposals to visit Florence during Christmas and spend New Year’s Eve in Florence, Italy start from its main peculiarities, art. Also called 'Pearl of the Renaissance' because of the incredible artistic and cultural development that took place between 1300 and 1500, Florence has the largest number of sites and important works of art in all of Tuscany. If you want to discover or widen you knowledge, perhaps accompanied by one of our expert guides, visit the section 'Tour in Florence' on our website and pick your favourite: you can choose to explore the historic centre on foot, riding a comfortable bike or opt for a
guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery... are you already excited? These are just a few of our suggestions!

Are you interested in food and wine? Would you like to discover the typical flavours of Tuscany? Do not worry, has also thought of you! Our food and wine tours in Florence will allow you to not only taste delicious local dishes, but also to take part in short cooking classes to learn how to prepare them!

Do not miss the Chianti Hills, the heart of Tuscany: the medieval villages and romantic castles in a succession of vineyards, olive and cypress trees, will offer breath-taking views.

It should be remembered that this extraordinary land also produces Chianti, one of the most popular red wines in the world and the undisputed star of our tours in the area, which include a visit to some wine cellars with explanations on the production process and conservation of this wine and tantalizing tastings. If you love the great flavours, spend your Christmas in Tuscany and you will not regret it!

In addition, after this tasty introduction, let us talk about our exciting and fun offers for both young and old in Florence during Christmas ! At Christmas, in Florence, Italy there is magic and charm: as usual, on December 8th the Immaculate Conception Feast will host the ceremony that accompanies the lighting of the huge Christmas tree in the beautiful Piazza del Duomo, followed by concerts and entertainment shows.At the same time, in front of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, a beautiful Nativity scene, with Impruneta life-size terracotta statues, handcrafted, will be set up. On 8th December also the Florence light festival will start: until 6th January, thanks to video mapping, projections, light games and art installations  a new light will be shed on  some important buildings such as Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Medici Riccardi and Piazza Santa Maria Novella. Are you a sportsman or woman or anyway do you like running? Perfect, find a Santa Claus costume and take part, on 8th December to the Florence Babbo Running. It’s a free pace  5 kilometres run with only one rule: wearing the full optional red and white Santa outfit with beards, hats and bellies!

Are you thinking about things to do in Florence at Christmas and what to do in Tuscany at Christmas time? Here are some great tips!

Shoppers and crafts lovers will find everything they are looking for in Florence: the Florence Christmas markets in various areas of the city, offer a wide choice of products ranging from craft to food and wine.
We strongly advise you to visit the Florence Christmas market located in Piazza Santa Croce: in addition to being the largest, it is also the most characteristic as, inspired by the traditional German markets, it has many wooden houses where exhibitors - Italian and foreign – offer their local products. As you will see, it will be difficult to resist!

Another well-established appointment is Fierucola of Florence on the day of the Immaculate Conception Feast, a fair dedicated to organic products, crafts and vernacular life, which takes place during the Florence Christmas holidays in Piazza St. Annunziata. One of the Florence Christmas events that wants to keep local traditions alive: mark it on your calendar of things to do in Florence during the Christmas in Florence!

If despite the cold you are feeling active, you could try your hand at some wintry sports: in the area of the Fortezza da Basso this year there will be a record ice skating rink! With its 300 metres of length it will be the longest in Europe! But, if you are looking for something else, you should definitely go to the Firenze Winter Park, where you can practice winter sports like skiing, snow tubing and ice skating. Located in the Obihall venue of Florence, on the banks of the Arno, the park is open from 20th November 2019 until 6 January 2020.

Let us now talk about the most anticipated day of the year, New Year's Eve in Florence in 2020... and here the choices are plentiful! For many years now, there have been many people who have decided to be in Florence at New Year in the squares of the city. The choice is very varied, ranging from the circus arts, aerial dance and video-mapping in Piazza della Signoria, classical music in Santa Maria Novella Square, singing Gospel in Piazza SS. Annunziata, Jazz and soul in Piazza San Lorenzo , dance DJ music and marching band in the Oltrarno area.

New Year's Eve celebrations in Florence in the square are really exciting: in addition to the concerts, shows of various kinds are in fact organized, including spectacular fireworks to welcome the New Year in Florence. Do not miss the extraordinary New Year’s Eve in 2020 in Florence Italy!

Those who cannot stand the cold can always opt for the classic ball, choosing from the many locations available. There are endless structures that organize this type of event to spend New Year’s Eve in Florence in 2020, Italy: from luxury villas, to hotels, farmhouses and country cottages. The important thing is to feel good and be with the right company!

The various appointments described above may be subject to some changes: to check their actual progress and to know the complete calendar of the scheduled activities, we recommend you to visit the official website

Do you want to spend New Year’s Eve in Florence, Italy in 2020 with your children? On 31st december you shall head to Piazza Bartali where you’ll find a New Year’s Event  totally dedicated to familes with fun and activities for your little ones! So, parents, what are you waiting? In Florence, the New Years eve for children is waiting for you!

If you are looking for the best New Years Eve in Florence in 2020, you are at the right place! Consulting our website you can peacefully and autonomously organize your stay:
transfers and tours will allow you to customize your Christmas in Florence!

After our suggestions, have you decide what to do in Florence on New Year’s Eve in 2020? Whatever your choice, we are certain that you will love the Christmas Traditions in Tuscany!

Well, now we just have to give you our best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff


Period: From 08 December 2019 to 06 January 2020

Event location: Florence

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