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Christmas Markets in Tuscany

As Christmas approaches, Tuscany becomes even more fascinating. Towns and villages are decked out in lights and colours and the atmosphere is festive everywhere you go.

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

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 30th to December 18th.
More info here.

In Palazzo Corsini there’s the event Natale per File organized by “File”, an 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. It will start on December 1st at 6.30 pm and will continue everyday from 10 am to 7 pm up to December 4th.

On December 8th in Piazza Santissima Annunziata you’ll find a little fair called Fierucola dell’Immacolata and from December 2nd to 4th at Obihall the exhibit Aspettando il Natale (waiting for Christmas) 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.

In Alto Mugello “Le magie dell’Avvento” comes back on December 4th, 8th, 11th and 18th. Piazza IV Novembre is going to be 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.

Florence Markets
Florence Markets - Credit: Stefano Cannas on Instagram
Siena

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 3rd and 4th 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.
Here you can find its facebook page.

Abbadia San Salvatore, in the heart of Amiata, is getting prepared for a big fest, from December 8th to January 8th 2017. 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 5th to December 26th 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 19th to January 8th 2017, 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 19th (from 2 pm) and 20th (from 10 am to 7pm) 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.
Here is Natale al Poggio facebook page

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

From November 5th to January 8th 2017, Montecatini Terme, Valdinievole and Montecatini Alto will become the perfect backdrop for Christmas Town, a big children’s event.

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.

Pisa

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.

Baptistery of Pisa - Credit: Keith H
Grosseto

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.

Grosseto Cathedral
Grosseto Cathedral - Credit: APT
Arezzo

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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arezzo-antique fair

Cover image credit: Fabrizio Angius on Flickr

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