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!
2. The Four Seasons at Santa Maria della Pietà
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!