December Festivals

Florence Dance Festival- Winter Edition
Teatro Goldoni
Tel: 055 289 276
Website: Florence Dance Festival
Date: late November, early December
This winter session of the innovative festival organised by the Florence Dance Cultural Centre involves a range of contemporary dance performances throughtout the weeks leading up to Christmas.

International Motorshow
Website: Bologna Motorshow
Date: 1st- 2nd week of December

Bologna holds the International Motorshow every year at the Fiera District to the north of the city. Go along and see the new ranges of cars and motorbikes, from Fiat to Ferrari, Honda to Yamaha, watch live car and motorbike stunts and even test drive some of the latest cars. A great day out for all the family.


Italians love Christmas, not just because there is a lot of eating and drinking (the main reason), but it is a very special period in which people can all come together and have fun.

Christmas in Florence
Tel: 055 658 2847

Like any other Italian city, Florence celebrates Christmas with an impressively wide-range of shows, events and spectacles planed by the city’s Comune or town council, as well as readings, guided tours, parties, film screenings and all sorts of cultural activities that residents and tourists alike can take part in. The festivities provide a unique opportunity, not only to tour the many magnificent sights of this beautiful Renaissance city, but also to discover the hidden parts of the city, the elusive secret nooks and crannies, markets, stores and alleyways that tourists seldom have the know-how to find.

One of the highlights of the festival is a spectacular Christmas market around the main Santa Maria Novella square, with a huge Christmas tree, stalls and entertainment shows. Smaller international craft markets are also set up in the city’s bigger piazzas, offering treats and delights from around the world. Furthermore, you will see nativity scenes and many churches set up cribs, some “viventi” (with live animals), the main ones being at Santa Croce, Chiesa di Dante and Santa Maria de’Ricci. Midnight mass is held in the Duomo.

Every year around Christmas time the city comes alive like never before: the streets are full of people late night shopping, enjoying the many events put on in the historical center, and stalls are set up along with decorations and illuminations creating a magical atmosphere. Among the many events planned to celebrate the Christmas season are special exhibitions of masterpieces by Tiziano, Boticcelli in the Uffizi Gallery, the palaces and trees are lit up and shops decorated with lights and tinsel, not forgetting Pinocchio, there to meet and greet the kids and finale celebrations with performances and treats for all.

The Christmas Concert
Teatro Verdi, Florence
Info line: 055 263 8777
Ticket line: 055 212 320

This is a special lengthy concert given by the Orchestra Regionale Toscana to prepare you for the Christmas season.

New Year’s Eve

Many Florentines stay at home with their families for the New Year, however many restaurants do put on a special “Cena dell’Ultimo dell’Anno” menus involving endless courses and including, traditionally, stuffed pigs’ trotters and lentils, for which you pay a considerable amount!! Alternatively, take to the streets and join one of the many official or more common “unofficial” streets parties that are tending to increase in popularity.

New Year’s Eve Party at Tenax
Tenax nightclub, Via Pratese 46, Florence
Tel: 055 287 347
Tickets: around €80; concessions €70; advance tickets €60
Opening Hours:11pm-very late

Tenax in Florence holds a New Year’s Eve Party every year, with a line-up to easily entertain you into the early hours of the New Year. with DJs including house music collective X-Press 2, aka Rocky, Diesel and Ashley Beedle, and resident Italian star DJ Alex Neri.

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