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December events in Florence, Italy

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You know what time it is.. basically its the time when I put on my writing hat and find the coolest events around Florence & Tuscany for the month of December, a beautiful time to be in town. I have been snapping photos of the Christmas lights set up around the city and Florence definitely doesn’t disappoint, the lights really do bring about a holiday feel and distracts from the icy cold threatening to give my fingers gangrene {yes I am exaggerating}. While many of the below events are Christmas related, you can be assured that as usual, you won’t be bored if you just do a little research on what’s going on in our little big city.

  • International Cinema – Month of December at the Odeon Firenze (Piazza Strozzi along with two smaller theaters) until December 14th. My favorite film festival is still going on with gusto – and some of my favorite sections are starting this month. For the first week (until December 7th), you can check out the documentary portion – Festival dei Popoli, Finestra sul Nord – Northern-Eastern European (usually focusing on countries Estonia, Hungary & Finland) film fest is Dec 8-11 and is normally one of my favorite sections of the entire festival, Balken Film Festival is December 12 & 13, awards and ethnomusical sounds & images wind up the festival until the 14th.

  • Sports – Firenze Winter Park is back and open until March? Ice-skating, snowboarding & snow-tubing ( they have one artificial pista) and various games & snacks. Yes all within an ATAF bus ride in Florence! Its located near Saschall on lungarno Aldo Moro.

  • Christmas – Market ‘Nataleperfile’ at Palazzo Corsini December 6/7/8 on lungarno corsini 8/r from 10am to 7pm. An annual Christmas market in its 11th year and organized by FILE, Fondazione Italiana di Leniterapia Onlus. Not only do the proceeds go to a good cause, it is located such a beautiful location in Florence and bring your kids! There is a special space just for them, events listed here. The perfect place to pick up some Christmas Panettone!

  • Christmas – Annual AILO Christmas Bazaar, December 8th near piazzale Michelangelo. Every year these fine ladies hold this x-mas event which proceeds go to about a dozen local charities, kudos to them! It’s absolutely worth stopping by even just to sample the BBQ and absorb a little Christmas cheer. 10am – 5pm, Le Pagliere (ex Scuderie Reali), Viale Machiavelli, Florence.

  • Christmas / (Tuscany) Christmas event/market going on on the outskirts of Florence. December 1, 8th, 15th and the 22nd. The town of Palazzuolo sul Senio transforms itself into Santa’s semi-wonderland with food stands (think ciambelle, vin brule, tortellini di marroni and much more, gifts and yes, a skinny Santa (he’s eats a Meditteranean diet).

Also don’t forget about the Christmas Market (German) in Piazza Santa Croce, I stocked up on various types of cheddar cheese and a pretzel to later heat up at home.

*Additional events can be found here, the Comune di Firenze’s handy December pdf event list.

ps. If I missed an event, please let me know by commenting below, plus check back as I always add events that I find out about throughout the month :)

 

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  1. almcgough

    Ah! This is all so exciting and informative. I’ll be visiting Florence starting on Dec. 27th so hopefully there will be remnants of Christmas still milling about. :)


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