10 Fantastic Events in Florence this December

By Megan Millisky

Florence is a wonderful place to celebrate your winter break. Explore the city on foot as you discover why it is famous for its December nativity scenes. To warm up, sip mulled wine and strap on your ice skates at the Florence Winter Park. Below are 10 ways to explore the city during its favorite time of year.

1. City Center Nativity Scenes

Nativity scenes hold a special place in Florentine culture. There are many within walking distance of each other. The best-known nativity is outside the Duomo Cathedral, which you can visit throughout December.

Address: Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

2. Piazza del Duomo Christmas Tree Arrival

December 8, watch as a Christmas tree is brought into Piazza del Duomo. The tree is decorated and lit, and Florence’s mayor attends the Immaculate Conception Day ceremony. There will be concerts and a life-size Nativity scene.

Address: Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

3. Ice Skating at Florence Winter Park

This December, glide through an indoor ice rink as you lose yourself to the Christmas spirit. Florence Winter Park has two ice rinks, plus plenty of restaurants. Enjoy pizza and warm drinks to warm up.

Address: Q78W+M3 Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

4. The Nutcracker at Teatro della Pergola

December 23, discover The Nutcracker at this famous Italian theatre. The Moscow Ballet will be performing the classic Christmas tale. The Teatro della Pergola is a must-see for theatre lovers.

Address: Via della Pergola, 12/32, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy

5. Mass at Saint Marks Anglican Church

There’s no lack of gorgeous churches in Florence, but one worth seeking out is Saint Marks. There will be a special Sung High Mass by the Pope on December 1. There will also be a midnight mass on December 24.

Address: Via Maggio, 16, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

6. Festival of Lights

Florence celebrates the Festival of Lights by lighting the Christmas trees at Palazzo Vecchio and Duomo. December 8, gather around this beautiful 13th-century castle to take pictures and learn its history.

Address: Piazza della Signoria, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

7. Free Walking Tour of Historic Sites

Select dates in December, check out this free walking tour of the most amazing sights in Florence. This walking tour lets you see Medici Chapel, San Lorenzo market, Duomo Cathedral, and much more. A guide will discuss the art and history of these buildings. There is a free food tasting as well, so bring your appetite!

Address: Piazza dell'Unità Italiana 50123 Firenze FI Italy

8. 50 Days of International Cinema in Florence

This film festival takes place through December each year. It highlights the best auteur films from around the world! Check out River to River, the final film event, which focuses entirely on films from and about India. Viewers can even attend Indian cooking classes between films.

Address: Metropolitan City of Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma, Italy

9. Michelangelo’s Places

Wind through Florence discovering the places Michelangelo was raised in. This walking tour, taking place various dates in December, is led by a knowledgeable guide. Take pictures and discover the best scenery in Florence. The tour finishes with a delicious brunch.

Address: Via S. Gallo, 21/R, 50129 Firenze FI, Italy

10. Library Christmas Fair

December 7, discover arts and crafts, books, and handmade goods! Each year the British Institute of Florence puts on a popular Library Christmas Fair. Stop by for tea and cakes from 3 PM - 6 PM.

Address: Lungarno Guicciardini, 9, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

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