Christmas in Venice

Christmas in Venice

It’s becoming more and more popular to go on holiday over Christmas. Venice’s tranquil canals and warm people have made it one of the most popular cities in Europe and more tourists than ever are flocking to the city during the festive period.

It’s becoming more and more popular to go on holiday over Christmas. With all the Christmas chaos, it can be amazing to get away for a few days and explore a new city. Venice’s tranquil canals and warm people have made it one of the most popular cities in Europe and more tourists than ever are flocking to the city during the festive period. This blog will give you a flavour of Venice during Christmas time, offering information and advice to ensure your trip is a resounding success.

What’s Open During Christmas in Venice?

Many people are put off holidaying at Christmas because they’re worried about the various attractions and fine restaurants being closed. However, most of Venice’s attractions and restaurants stay open on the 24th and the 26th—and approximately half of the restaurants will remain open on Christmas Day, so you should be able to book a special Christmas dinner.

The ever-popular Doge’s Palace, the Galleria dell'Accademia (where you’ll find Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man), and Museo Correr (an art and history museum) are all only closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, so the city is definitely open to tourists over the Christmas break.

Venice is famous for its beautiful churches and you should be able to visit most of them without any problems around the Christmas period. The only exception is Christmas day, as all of them will hold a Christmas Mass instead.

Venetian Food at Christmas

If trying other culture’s cuisines is 90% of the reason why you travel, then you won’t be disappointed in Venice. The Venetians are perhaps slightly less obsessed with food than other Italians, but their seafood is great as long as you avoid anywhere with a ‘tourist menu’.

For a special Venetian treat, look out for bacaro, which are smaller, bar-snack-style dishes that are effectively Italian tapas. Speaking a little bit of Italian will help you navigate the bacaro menus, but as long as you’re eating where the Venetians eat, as opposed to all the tourists, then you’re sure to have a lovely meal.

If you want an authentic Venetian Christmas staple, look out for ossocollo, which is a delicious kind of sausage traditionally eaten on Christmas Day. If you want to fit as much food and drink into your trip as possible, browse Venice Events’ range of Venice Food & Wine Tours.

Explore Venice at Christmas

Venice is beautiful all-year-round, but its particularly special with all of its Christmas decorations up, its lights glittering over the canals. This is the perfect time to take a classic gondola tour or a romantic gondola ride for two. Drifting through the city’s smooth waters is the best way to explore, and it’s the perfect way to discover an alluring shop or Christmas market you perhaps missed whilst exploring on foot.

If you have a little more Christmas shopping to do, make sure to visit Campo San Polo’s Christmas market. There are little glass ornaments and other hand-crafted goods that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. And if you like to keep active, you can try ice skating on the market’s ice rink. It’s also a good idea to look out for Venetian masks as Carnevale di Venezia isn’t terribly far away.

We hope this article has been useful and informative. We looked at the different attractions open during Christmas, the food at Christmas, and ways for you to explore the city. Please get in touch if you have any questions about our range of tours and events in Venice. Hopefully, we’ve given you enough information to start planning your Venice Christmas trip today!