Venice at Christmas is a blaze of lights that are reflected and multiplied in the Lagoon. The whole city is pervaded by a glitter that creates a fairytale atmosphere and captures the dreams of adults and children. In this period the calendar of events in the city is enriched with unmissable events. We’ve selected for you the best things to do in Venice, and surroundings, at Christmas.


Five things to do in Venice and surroundings at Christmas: a walk in the heart of Venice


Even a simple walk can be special in Venice during the Christmas season. I suggest you go to Piazza San Marco in the evening, when the lights in the Procuratie light up and the square becomes a real treasure trove. Continue to Rialto and stop in a bar, ask for a glass of “vin brulé”, a typical Venetian mulled wine made with orange, lemon and spices.

Continue your walk in Strada Nuova, here in this period the smell of roasted chestnuts made by fruit and vegetable sellers pervades the air, impossible to resist.


Five things to do in Venice and surroundings at Christmas: shopping in Christmas markets


Don’t miss the opportunity to do some pre-Christmas shopping in the nearby Marghera. In Piazza Municipio and Piazza Rossarol crafts markets and typical products await you, for the little ones there are also amusement rides! In Jesolo, a few kilometers from Venice, a part of the city will become a true Christmas village from the first of December. In the wooden houses you will find in the city center there is a gluttonous market dedicated to chocolate lovers.

You don’t know how to get there? Don’t worry, there’s a bus line that connects Venice to Jesolo. Here you will find the timetable.


Five things to do in Venice and surroundings at Christmas: the magic of Ballet


The Swan Lake, the classical ballet par excellence, this year will be at the Teatro Goldoni in Venice. On December 26, Odette’s story will be danced by an exceptional ballet company, the Moscow State Classical Ballet. On the enchanted notes of “Pas de deux” you can admire the precious ceilings that adorn this seventeenth-century theater. Only this view is worth the ticket!

Five things to do in Venice and surroundings at Christmas: concerts for all tastes


As is tradition, Christmas choirs cannot be missed! Big Vocal Orchestra, the biggest choir in Italy composed of 250 singers, will be on stage at the Teatro Goldoni in Venice on December 22nd and 23rd. In the repertoire of Big Vocal Orchestra there are traditional songs and much more, a music that spreads positive energy and brings back happy memories, don’t miss them! If you love classical music or simply are curious to take a dip in the Venice of Antonio Vivaldi, don’t miss the concert of December 22 in the Church of San Felice.

Vivaldi’s music expresses the atmosphere of Venice better than a hundred words. What better listening to immerse yourself in the enchantment of this unique city? We are sure that this performance won’t disappoint you!


Five things to do in Venice and surroundings at Christmas: ice-skating in the center of Campo San Polo


For the Christmas holidays Campo San Polo becomes an ice rink for adults and children. Wear the skates and try the thrill of blading on the ice. After long skating you can give yourself a break with a hot chocolate. The skating rink will remain open from December 8th to March 9th from morning to evening, don’t miss it!


As you can see, you will have plenty to choose from! Comment this article and tell us how you plan to spend your Christmas holidays in Venice!


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