9 Exciting Events to do in Venice this December

By Megan Millisky

Venice is the perfect place to celebrate the holidays. Head to Saint Mark’s Square to ring in the new year with a firework show, learn the history of Italy's churches, or visit the Orchestra at Teatro La Fenice for a concert. There is so much to do! Here are nine jolly events to guide you through a December trip to Venice.

1. Feast of Saint Sylvester

Come to Saint Mark’s Square on December 31 to count down to the new year! There’s a massive firework show at the square. It’s a popular place to spend New Year’s Eve, so get there early to get a good spot to take pictures!

Address: Piazza San Marco 30100 Venezia VE, Italy

2. The Four Seasons at Santa Maria della PietĂ 

What better way to celebrate the beginning of a new year than by celebrating the seasons! Hear the famous Vivaldi concert “The Four Seasons.” The performance takes place at Santa Maria della Pietà.

Address: C8MV+JV Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

3. Basilica dei Frari

On December 18, visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Goloriosa de Frari, one of the largest Venitian Gothic churches in Italy. Learn about the building, artwork, and history preserved there.

Address: San Polo, 3072, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy

4. Campo Santo Stefano Christmas Market

December 1-24, shop one of Italy’s most beloved Christmas Markets. You can purchase nativity scenes, toys, and authentic Venetian goods. There will be live music and authentic Italian street food. Campo Santo Stefano is famous for its olive oil, biscotti, and specialty pasta.

Address: Campo Santo Stefano, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

5. Orchestra at Teatro La Fenice

This annual concert makes for a lovely night out. On December 29 head to Teatro La Fenice for this orchestra. A choir joins in for the second segment of the show.

Address: Campo San Fantin, 1965, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

6. New Year’s Eve Party at Palazetto Pisani

This chic New Year’s Eve Party is a great way to end the year with a bang! This 17th-century building overlooks the Grand Canal, giving you a great view of midnight fireworks on December 31. Dress to impress, and be sure to book early, as tickets for this night of dinner and dancing sells out quickly.

Address: S. Marco, 2814, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

7. Immaculate Conception Day

Celebrate this important Catholic holiday while in Venice. Lots of businesses will be closed on December 8, so a good way to celebrate is to attend mass at one of many churches. If you don’t want to celebrate, you can take advantage of popular sight-seeing areas that may be less busy on this day.

Address: Venice Venezia Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

8. Hanukkah in Cannaregio Sestiere

Celebrate the eight nights of Hanukkah in Cannaregio Sestiere! There is a ceremonial Menorah lighting each night, plus there will be delicious kosher food available from vendors.

Address: Cannaregio 30100 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

9. Saint Stephen’s Day

Many Italians celebrate Saint Stephen’s Day as an extension of Christmas. On December 26, locals go to mass, or enjoy nativity scenes and Christmas markets. Some restaurants have feasts to celebrate Saint Stephen’s Day!

Address: Campo Santo Stefano, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

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