upcoming events: december 2012

Tis the season! Well, technically it’s still the rainy season, but soon Florence will emerge much drier and brighter. Twinkling lights strung above city streets and a full array of free events will help you get into the holiday spirit. How best to celebrate? We have some suggestions:

firenze s. croce

Weihnachtsmarkt at Santa Croce by MINGHE*luciano

Weihnachtsmarkt

Piazza Santa Croce is ready to transform into a festive German village for the annual Christmas market. Think handcrafted trinkets, mulled wine, and Bavarian comfort food – a recipe to warm even the coldest of hearts! The market runs from November 28th til December 16th, every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Natale a Palazzo Strozzi

Palazzo Strozzi by Palazzo Strozzi Flickr

Natale a Palazzo Strozzi 

Italians start the holiday celebration fairly early, as early as December 8th in fact, to commemorate the Immaculate Conception. Head to Palazzo Strozzi between 3 and 5 p.m. for arts & crafts, family-friendly events and a hearty dose of Christmas cheer. Guests are free to enjoy the festive decorations and courtyard activities. Click here for all the details. 

Florence's holiday lights by Lops, on Flickr

Florence’s holiday lights by Lops

Strung Lights and Store Displays

The truth is you don’t need an event to experience the magic of Florence during the holiday season. We suggest you take our fashion walk, this time down Christmas-light-lit streets, and admire the incredible festive window displays. Rinascente in Piazza Repubblica often features creative, contemporary artwork in addition to lighting up the entire block with its pearly white brights – definitely a don’t miss!

Just take a peak at this video:

…the enchantment of it all is enough to make me book a ticket to Tuscany. Luckily, The Florentine (another favorite free resource!) tipped us off to free bed & breakfast stays in exchange for small services (much like wwoofing!). Click here to explore all your options.

No matter how you choose to celebrate this holiday season, we hope your upcoming month is full of good cheer. Auguri!

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