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Events in December in Florence and Surroundings

Christmas and the Holidays Light up Florence

Music, food and holiday cheer

If you’ve fallen in love with the beautiful Cradle of Renaissance, but you’ve never visited during Christmas before… I think you’ll go crazy and will literally be enchanted by its magic and suggestive atmosphere during this month! Expect to experience emotions like the Stendhal syndrome (and which city could better evoke this feeling than Florence?!), even if you’re not visiting a single masterpiece, but a majestic conjunction of art and architectural works of art. Colored lights, decorations, music and its unique atmosphere always make Florence more magical during this time of the year.

The view from Piazzale Michelangelo at Christmas time

If strolling along its lanes with Christmas-lights isn’t enough of a good excuse to come and visit the city, below you’ll find a list of events taking place in December that will drive you straight to booking your flight towards the Cradle of Renaissance and booking your hotel!

This month is so special that we have added a few extra calendars that concentrate on all the Christmas markets and the typical & traditional Christmas Nativity Scenes or Presepe found throughout the region of Tuscany.

Another city center that without a doubt merits its own dedicated calendar is Siena.

Below you will find a list of some of our favorite food festivals, as well as exhibitions, events and markets for the month of December.

We are constantly updating the activities for the each year however, if they have not yet been posted by official sites then we write in TBA (to be announced) - so keep checking in with us...or write us on the Forum.

Traveling outside of Florence? Remember to check out the calendar for Tuscany and the many select events that happen in this beautiful area.

The illumination of Florence

National Holiday | FEAST of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION | December 8

The day commemorates when Mary, the mother of Jesus, was graced by God to lead a life “free of sin” according to Catholic belief. Be sure to check all openings, especially train schedules which may vary due to the holidays

Let’s start off with some events that are available every month!

State Museums in Florence | FREE ENTRANCE | December 3

What a wonderful occasion!

It is a standing appointment the first Sunday of every month, free entrance into some of our favorite Florentine museums. Check our calendar to see if you can find a new place to discover and explore.

Check our list of State Museums in Florence

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Scarperia | COLLEZIONISTI IN PIAZZA | 1st Sunday of December

Antiques in the Square

Actually, the first sunday of month heralds this event in Scarperia. Just imagine a stroll through this picturesque town center to find a wide range of goodies including vintage, antiques, clothing, and more, Stands are set up from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm.


Panzano in Chianti | APRILANTE | 1st Sunday in December

Handcrafts & Vintage

We know they call the fair "April"ante, but it really goes all year round! This monthly market in the streets of this charming town in Chianti is where you will find hand crafts, vintage and delicious typical foods and all of it this is just outside in the countryside surrounding Florence.

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Fortezza da Basso | ANTIQUES FAIR | 3° weekend of December

Looking for something special is a recurrent date

An unmissable occasion for grabbing unique and even prestigious antique pieces.


Greve in Chianti | IL PAGLIAIO | Every 4th Sunday of December

Organic and Artisan Market

Piazza Matteotti is filled with locals who feature goods from their gardens, their kitchens and their workshops. Often you will find not only great bargains, but music and opportunities to do some taste testing.

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Largo Pietro Annigoni | FLEA MARKET | 4° Sunday of December

Traditional vintage festival

This used to be in Piazza Ciompi, but it has been moved to this new temporary location. Here you can grab a cappuccino at a nearby bar and then search the stands for the best ever surprise in vintage books, art, glassware and more.


Outside of Florence | RALLY DELLA FETTUNTA | Dec 2 - 3

road race celebrating the bruschetta & new oil

Enjoy watching a traditional car race along the panoramic and enchanting roads of Chianti, among vineyards, stunning views, tall whispering cypress trees and the magnificent olive groves! The race covers the area of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Barberino Val d’Elsa, San Casciano Val di Pesa e Castellina in Chianti, between the provinces of Florence and Siena. Fettunta is that delicious grilled bread served with a bit of extra virgin olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, the perfect way for tasting the season's new oil olive - read more about it here.

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More olive oil in Florence


Florence | STRING CITY | Dec 2 - 3

rover 50 events throughout Florence

Two days of strings spread out in the city of Florence and surrounding areas, be sure to check their website for a full calendar of locations.

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Florence | FOOD & WINE IN PROGRESS | December 2-3

The Leopolda station as home to the culinary local excellences

An event dedicated to both producers and chefs from one side - who will present and promote their specialties - and visitors, who will have the chance to taste delicious products and meet, during conferences, debates and workshops, this food & wine fascinating world.

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Florence | LA TRAVIATA & OPERA BALLETTO | Dec. 2 - 9 - 23 - 27 - 30

beyond language, music connects us all

The ensemble “La Lirica di Firenze” presents one of the more famous Italian operas or you could view the Opera Balleto. This is a wonderful opportunity to soak in all of Italian culture: the beauty of Florence and the international language of music.

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Florence | XXI CONCERTS AT THE CENACOLO | Dec. 3 & 9

more free music in a magical setting

The Ensemble L'Homme Armé presents the concert £Benedictus qui venit ". The art of sacred chant between four and sixteenth century in the Church of San Romolo in via della Chiesa 123, in Bivigliano, a hamlet of Vaglia (Florence). Free admission. On Thursday 14 December at 9 pm The Ensemble L'Homme Armé directed by Fabio Lombardo presents the concert "Nunc mura omnia”. The sacred music of Heinrich Isaac in Florence of Lorenzo the Magnificent » at the Badia at Settimo in Via San Lorenzo at Settimo n ° 15, Scandicci (Florence). Free admission.


Museo Novecento | GAMO: CONTEMPORARY MUSIC | Dec. 3 & 10

within the walls of the 900 Museum experience the beat!

With Dusan Bogdanovic, a guitarist and composer of Serbian origin known throughout the world for the extraordinary versatility of performance and the vastness of musical experiments, including classical, jazz and ethnic music. And then on the 10th, an ensemble of original music by Stefano Pierini. In the center there will be two voices: the reciting act of Eugenio Allegri, recorded and digitally processed, and that in the presence of soprano Ljuba Bergamelli, both engaged in a tribute to Shakespeare's Opium, the anti heroin, the universal victim of power, of patriarchal and masked society, of the ambition of others; the woman reflected in the eyes of the men who surround her and choke her.

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Lastra a Signa | SAGRA DEGLI ANTICHI SAPORI | Dec 6 - 8

antique flavors of the Florence countryside

A celebration of the most well-known local dishes, from entrées to desserts: an occasion for tasting delicious recipes prepared according to ancient traditions with the perfectly fitting touch of modern cuisine.

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Fiesole | SAGRA DELLE FRATTAGLIE | Dec 1 - 3 and 7 - 10

reservations advised

Because everyone wants a bit of these special recipes using only the liver, heart, lung, tripe, lampredotto, animelle and brain. Call for more information: 055 - 597002


Montelupo Fiorentino | NATALE GOURMET | Every Weekend in December

the rich flavours of Florence

A market of typical wine and food products which will be held in the hills outside of Florence, showing off the best of local food products and handicrafts.


Finalizing the harvest in Tuscany

Duomo | NATIVITY SCENE | December 8 - January

life size terracotta display

The statues of the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph and the Christ Child are unique hand-made objects in the round created by an artisan named Luigi Mariani in a historic kiln in Impruneta belonging to the M.i.t.a.l. – Angiolo Mariani e Figli company, which has generously donated them to the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore. This year the statues depicting the Holy Family are joined by those of an ox and an ass. This kind of work reflects the ancient Florentine tradition of terracotta sculpture which, in artistic terms, was born in Florence in the early 15th century when this ancient technique was revived by Donatello and Brunelleschi.


Florence | F-LIGHT FESTIVAL 2016 | Dec. 8 - Jan. 8

the city lights up for the holidays

A combination of more than 20 events which will create a luminous tale of discovery of life on earth, the light in the art, the metamorphosis of matter, the universe time. Spectacular light displays, itineraries within the heart of the city and music and festivities. It all starts with the lighting of the Christmas tree in the Square in front of the Duomo and goes all month with various appointments! Check out the official site for a calendar of events.

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Tuscany | CANTINE APERTE A NATALE | TBA

visiting the vineyards for the holidays

The holidays is just another great excuse for top name vineyards throughout Tuscany to open the wine cellars for adults and children alike with activities and of course tastings.

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Piazza della Santissima Annunziata | 1° SAGRA DELLA CREPES ALLA NUTELLA | Dec. 14 - 17

just in time for “merenda”

Starting at 3pm in the square until midnight, you can taste test one 50 types of crepes, starting with the famous nutella filled wonders.

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Florence | NOTE AL MUSEO | Dec. 14

a concert in the Museum dell’Opera del Duomo

Once again, the Museum of the Duomo is staging concerts in its hallowed halls, internationally acclaimed artists will perform among some of the most beautiful pieces of art. Reservations are required.

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Concerts in the museum


 

ObiHall | GOSPEL CONCERTO DI NATALE | Dec 19

A event in support of NEVER GIVE UP HOPE, where music and magic create a special atmosphere for those in need. Buy your ticket and live the spirit of giving while visiting Florence this December

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Author: Donna Scharnagl

It has been more than 25 years since I took my first steps in Italy and I still haven’t found a good reason to leave.  Between the food, the culture, the history, the art, the landscapes … did I mention the food? I have become a lifelong student. It didn't take longe to learn that Italians all have stories that long to be told; stories that paint a picture of how hard work produces character, how life is made of ups and downs and how good it feels to laugh.



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