What to do in Venice during the Christmas Holidays

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If you’ve chosen to visit Venice during Christmas, you won’t regret it. The Christmas period is perfect to enjoy a romantic vacation surrounded by a one-of-a-kind winter atmosphere. Don’t expect polar weather (temperatures rarely drop below zero) but if your lucky you’ll be able to see the beautiful city under a mantle of light snow. 


As always, you don’t need “something to do.” The experience of being in Venice in itself is enough to enjoy the beauty of this timeless city.  But Christmas is Christmas, and the holiday atmosphere adds a special touch to the lagoon city. In December in fact, many alleyways and squares are adorned with lights (from the Rialto bridge to the Lista di Spagna) and stands, balconies and terraces are decorated with lights and inside Venetian houses you can see tree lights gleaming through windows.


Walking along Piazza San Marco you can stroll under the starry sky where the Marciano bell tower stands luminous over the square up until the large Christmas Tree located in Piazzetta dei Leoncini (at times, but it changes every year, the tree is adorned with incredibly made artistic Murano ornaments.)

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To top your romantic getaway in Venice, apart from a splendid dinner in the less touristic restaurants, you can enjoy the thrill of skating on ice in one of the most beautiful squares in Venice (Campo San Polo) surrounded by magnificent palaces and the unique atmosphere that only this city can offer.

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If you like taking walks in search of a some little last minute presents for Christmas you can take advantage of the temporary stands in San Bortolomeo, in Strada Nova or in Campo San Luca without forgetting the little but authentic Christmas stands in Santo Stefano near the Accademia Bridge, or the antiquity market in Campo San Maurizio (18-19-20th of December.)

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Don’t forget to admire the splendid nativity scenes set up in many churches throughout the city (most renowned the Frari church) but begin the holidays with the right foot- by going to the Rialto Market on the 7th of December where moving Christmas songs will resound.

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