One of the most famous is the Weihnachtsmarkt, the traditional German Christmas market in piazza Santa Croce. Here, 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 23 to December 22.
On December 6, 7 and 8, Palazzo Corsini will host 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. Another Florence market you should not miss this December is the Fierucola dell’Immacolata, a little fair taking place on December 7 and 8 in Piazza Santissima Annunziata.
In addition to the markets, from December 8 to January 6 the F-Light Festival will light up Ponte Vecchio and other main monuments and squares in Florence with moon-themed video-mapping projections and special lighting effects inspired by the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.
Our suggestion: do not miss the modern Christmas trees in Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza Santa Maria Novella and Piazza SS. Annunziata by contemporary artists Michelangelo Pistoletto, Mimmo Paladino and Domenico Bianchi. And, of course, make sure you pay a visit to the traditional Christmas tree in Florence's Piazza Duomo.
In Empoli, near Florence, from November 30 to January 6, there's Natale Empoli, a series of initiatives from the amusement park, the magic world of Santa, the toy factory, the Befana witch's house, Christmas markets, a big special snowfall and the great magic tree show.