The worth seeing Christmas markets in Tuscany
Let's find out together where to go to find villages, stalls, and Santa's cottages
FLORENCE AND SURROUNDINGS
Weihnachtsmarkt in Piazza Santa Croce
From 19 November to 18 December, in the beautiful setting of Piazza Santa Croce, the Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas Market returns, hosting more than fifty colourful wooden stalls full of typical festive scents and flavours. An opportunity to taste tempting gastronomic specialities, warm yourself with delicious hot drinks and browse among the stalls in search of original gift ideas and handmade Christmas decorations.
Santa's World at Villa Montalvo
Until 24 December, Villa Montalvo is once again the setting for the atmospheric Santa's World. The youngest have the chance to write their letters to Father Christmas and enjoy the baby dance, merry-go-rounds, toy train and sudden snowfalls. Older children can dedicate themselves to buying a few presents at the markets.
Empoli Christmas City
From 19 November to 8 January 2023 Empoli becomes the City of Christmas with coloured lights, toy trains, a skating rink, and fake snow.
City of Christmas
From 19 November to 8 January 2023, Arezzo City of Christmas returns. An original route of light installations, the Tyrolean Village, the Market of Wonders with local products, and the eagerly awaited Ferris wheel will animate the Tuscan city for the entire Christmas period.
SIENA AND SURROUNDINGS
The market in the Campo
The Christmas market in Piazza del Campo is held on 3 and 4 December. Here you can buy excellent food and wine and handicrafts from all over Italy. There are also local products with a wide choice of cold meats, ricciarelli, truffles, and wines. But also ceramics and Christmas decorations.
Christmas in Montepulciano
From 19 November and until January, Christmas in Montepulciano returns with many novelties and surprises for young and old. A large characteristic market with little wooden houses where you can buy presents and typical products, Father Christmas's Castle that can be visited inside the medieval Montepulciano Fortress, or a pony ride in the castle garden. There are many things to do in the magical town of Christmas.
LUCCA AND SURROUNDINGS
The Secret World of Father Christmas
On the two weekends of 19-20 and 26-27 November, the Real Collegio di Luca hosts The Secret World of Father Christmas for a family experience with elves, reindeer and Father Christmas. Children can prepare Christmas decorations together with the elves, but also write a letter to Father Christmas or watch the puppet theatre shows.
The Forte dei Marmi Christmas market
From 2 to 26 December in and around Piazza Grande from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. the Forte dei Marmi Christmas market returns with many attractions and events to celebrate the Christmas holidays.
The Christmas Village
From 19 November to 6 January, The Christmas Village, now in its sixth edition, returns to Livorno. It hosts Father Christmas's house, the elves' creative workshop, and the North Pole. New this year: the Toy Factory. There is also a typical craft market, merry-go-rounds, inflatables, and a refreshment point.
In Pisa, at the Palazzo dei Congressi, a Christmas Market is organised with entertainment for children and a charming reconstruction of Father Christmas's house, factory and post office. Children can make beautiful gift ideas and toys, which Father Christmas will then deliver to children all over the world. They will also be able to watch puppet shows, post their letters or even take a beautiful souvenir photo in specially prepared spaces with make-up artists.
PISTOIA AND SURROUNDINGS
Santa's hut in Montecatini Terme
From 13 November to 26 December, the Castello delle Terme La Salute in Montecatini is transformed into Santa's Baita (Santa's Hut), and welcomes children among lights, the 6 reindeer corridor and Rudoplh's room, the sleigh runway and many other places designed for young and old.