December: Christmas in Venice

by Giulia Minero

Even in Venice Christmas means warm atmospheres, bright lights and decorations scattered all around the city. Like all Italian cities, Venice boasts a rich Christmas tradition which involves its main squares, boutiques and… luxury hotels! Be it a traditional market, an amusing ice-skating rink loved by visitors of all ages or a special event, Christmas in Venice won't leave you disappointed.

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Christmas Markets in Venice and Nearby Areas

Christmas market in Venice

Christmas in Venice offers the ideal chance to set up beautiful Christmas markets that enliven some of the most beloved venues in Venice. Either you choose to stay in the city centre or to move to the nearby Mestre – which can be a good idea if you opt to reach Venice by car – you will surely find the right place for you.

While strolling through the city those in search of characteristic small wood and glass goods, decorations and hand-made objects can find their cup of tea at the Christmas market held in Strada Nuova, between Campo di San Felice and Campo dei Santi Apostoli (Sestiere Cannaregio). It usually opens around mid-December until Christmas Eve from morning until evening, and it offers traditional Christmas delicacies – but not only – that can be tasted on place or purchased as a gift.

Or even, if you happen to be staying in Mestre, a visit to the Christmas markets enlivening Piazza Ferretto could be a good idea to peer through typical Christmas-inspired products, hand-made toys for the youngest ones or even small home-décor. Shopping has never been this fun! Usually, it opens from early December until Christmas Eve.

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Ice-skating rinks in Venice

The ice-skating rink in Campo San Polo

If ice-skating is one of your favourite festive hobbies, you’re lucky, as since many years Venice is home to some open-air ice-skating rinks that provide kids and adults alike with a handful of fun. The most typical rink is traditionally held in Campo San Polo, in the eponymous sestiere, and offers beginners and expert the chance to rent the skates to glide all day long surrounded by music and by huts selling hot-chocolate and Christmas sweet and salty treats. It usually opens from early December until end of February.

Address: Campo San Polo (San Polo)

45.43747, 12.33004

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Luxury Christmas in Luxury Hotels

christmas hotel orologio

Raise your hand if you’ve ever thought of Christmas holidays as the perfect excuse for a trip with your family, friends or with your beloved one. Well it looks like you’ve found the right destination! Some of the most exclusive luxury hotels in Venice have introduced special offers for the festive period, to help guests get the best out of their holiday.

GPS: 45.44021, 12.3332

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More information

Address: Riva de L’Ogio, 1777

Water boat: Vaporetto lines 1 (Rialto Mercato stop)

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