Christmas Markets in Tuscany

Towns and villages are decked out in lights and colours and the atmosphere is festive

As Christmas approaches, Tuscany becomes even more fascinating. Events, concerts and nativity scenes are the quintessential symbols of Christmas holidays, but even more noteworthy is that every city, town and hamlet in Tuscany has its own festive market. 

Here we’ll mention some of the best Christmas markets in Tuscany.

Florence Markets
Florence Markets - Credit: Stefano Cannas on Instagram

One of the most famous is the Weihnachtsmarkt, the traditional German Christmas market in piazza Santa Croce. You can taste Tuscan products as well as food, mulled wine and beer from all over Europe. The market is composed of little wooden houses built for selling culinary products and handmade objects for your Christmas gifts. It runs from November 28 to December 17

From December 1 to 4 at Obihall a Christmas event will support the Italian Croce Rossa (Red Cross) volunteer association. At the same venue, you’ll also find Firenze Winter Park for all the ice skating lovers.

For another charity cause, from December 1 to 3, in Palazzo Corsini there’s the event Natale per File organized by “File”, the Italian foundation dedicated to palliative care. This market will be powered by many important brands that will donate a portion of their proceeds to the association.

On December 8th in Piazza Santissima Annunziata you’ll find a little fair called Fierucola dell’Immacolata and the Fierucolina di Natale will take place in Piazza Santo Spirito on December 17

In Alto Mugello, precisely in Palazzuolo sul Senio,“Le magie dell’Avvento” will be back on December 3,8, 10 and 17. Piazza IV Novembre is going to become the main location for a special event featuring stands with gift ideas and nativity scenes. Christmas carols and lanterns will colour the streets, creating a fairy-tale atmosphere.

Siena Mercato nel Campo
Siena Mercato nel Campo - Credit: Siena Mercato nel Campo facebook page

One of the most beautiful squares in Italy will charm you with the reenactment of the “big market” held in the Middle Ages: “Mercato del Campo” takes place on December 2 and 3 in Piazza del Campo. This year you will find over 150 stalls with craft and food delicacies, especially wine and typical sweets made in Siena.

Abbadia San Salvatore, in the heart of Amiata, is getting prepared for a big fest, from December 8 to January 7. Its name is Città delle Fiaccole and it offers a series of events that will allow you to discover this beautiful mountain. Every weekend markets, music, workshops, exhibitions and nativity scenes will animate the ancient medieval village and “enlighten” it with torches on Christmas Eve.

Chianciano Terme from November 4 to December 26 will turn into Santa Claus’s hometown. Christmas scenery and light projections will take visitors through a magic world, with the help of a little coloured train.

In Montelpulciano, the heart of Valdorcia, from November 18 to January 7, there will be a Christmas Village involving Piazza Grande, piazzetta Danesi and San Donato street, featuring the Santa Castle, 70 wooden houses selling street food, some exhibitions and a mini ranch with ponies.

In the lead up to Christmas, the old hamlet Casole d’Elsa will present the fifth edition of Natale al Poggio. On November 18 and 19 fifty craftsmen selected among the best in Italy will liven up the streets with their products. You can take the most advantage of your tour if you also visit Santa Maria Assunta collegiate church and the archaeological museum.

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From 3 to January 3 to 8, Montecatini Terme, Valdinievole and Montecatini Alto will become the perfect backdrop for Christmas Town, a big evet for children. They can play together and write letters to Santa Claus, visit the House of Santa in Terme Tettuccio and Tamerici, play at the Wood of the Elves mini golf and jump up on the cable railway that will bring them to the Little Enchanted Kingdom. 

In Porciano di Lamporecchio, on November 26 don't miss Porciano e i Sapori del Natale. Tipical baked goods, vin brulé, music and crafts among the Montalbano hills.

Baptistery of Pisa - Credit: Keith H

From December 3rd to 4th and from 8th to 11th, Palazzo dei Congressi will become Santa Claus’s factory, where children can help elves prepare the presents.

At Santa’s post office they can also send letters and make their Christmas wishes. Puppet shows, jugglers, cotton candy stands and a big snowball will animate the streets.

Grosseto Cathedral
Grosseto Cathedral - Credit: APT

Arcidosso will present Natale di Luce (Bright Christmas), a series of events – starting from December 5th and ending on January 10th 2017 – that includes markets, an ice rink, light shows and many other initiatives.

From December 8th to 11th Magliano will be animated by the third edition of its Christmas event. We’ll see the Santa Claus Parade and a craft and food market with 70 stands in its old town centre. There will be a big playground area for children who, on December 9th, will send their letters to Santa after his arrival to the main square on his sleigh. This event will end on December 10th with a concert performed by the Giuseppe Verdi band.

arezzo-antique fair
arezzo-antique fair

The romantic hamlet of Lucignano will host the traditional Fiera Del Ceppo on December the 18th. Nativity scenes, a toy market, handcrafted leather products, Christmas decorations and typical food will make you dream.

The entire Tuscan region is full of Christmas events. Take a look at Toscana Events to check out them all.

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