If Christmas is a prefect time to spend with the family, New Year’s is the perfect time to change it up. So why not choose to spend the last hours of the year- and the first hours of the new year- discovering Venice during the winter when its calmer and more accessible.
They aren’t the fireworks seen during Redentore (the third Saturday of July) but the fireworks that light the San Marco Basin before midnight on the 31st of December are nothing short of marvelous. Face the long Riva degli Schiavoni to enjoy the beautiful colors that cover the sky.
During December, Venice is filled with incredible concerts in churches, palaces and theatres. From the San Marco Basilica to the Sale Apollinee and the Goldoni Theatre to the little theatre in Palazzo Grassi, large choruses and orchestras fill the city with good music. But the must see concert, the most traditional and elegant concert in Venice would have to be the New Years concert at The Fenice Opera house. Fabio Luisi, director at the Metroplitian in New York City, directs the 2017 show.
For art and museum fans, there is something new happening in Venice. Four of the city museums are open Christmas and New Years day. The Doge’s Palace, Correr Museum, Ca’Pesaro and the Glass Museum. The doors will be open from 11 to 7 p.m. on December 25th and the 1st of January. Don’t miss out on the beauty and history even on holidays.
Christmas time is also a strange time in Venice. Apart from the warmer days that seem to come during the weekend of Christmas and New Years- it’s easy to find quieter areas throughout the city giving it a timeless atmosphere. You never really do stop discovering new things about Venice and this is the perfect time to take advantage of places and quarters less crowded.