Why Spend Christmas in Venice?

Why Spend Christmas in Venice?

Stunning lights and decorations, enchanting markets and the iconic local sights, discover why you should spend Christmas in Venice!

Venice is one of the most popular tourist hotspots in the world, and it’s great at any time of year, but we think it’s particularly special during Christmas time. If you’ve been contemplating a Christmas escape and are researching which location to visit, Venice Events would like to make a strong case for why you should spend Christmas in Venice!

What is Christmas Like in Venice?

There is no short answer to this question because Venice truly comes alive at Christmas, with countless additional things to do and see on top of the city’s already considerable buffet of sights and attractions! Over the Christmas period, much of Venice is adorned with lights and various other decorations that make this beautiful city even more special. The Christmas lights, in particular, glitter and reflect on the surface of the canals and waterways, creating an utterly enchanting effect.

Are There Christmas Markets in Venice?

Yes! There absolutely are Christmas markets in Venice, and the best one is the market held on Campo Santo Stefano. This market transforms the beautiful Venetian square into a picturesque Christmas village, complete with wooden huts, delicious Christmas food, and a huge variety of stalls. The atmosphere at the Campo Santo Stefano is amazing, but it’s not the only Christmas market in town… You’ll also find Christmas markets on Campo San Salvador, Campo San Luca, Campo S.Bartolomeo, Campo Manin, and Strada Nuova. You can plan to visit each and every distinct Christmas market in Venice, or you can just trust that there are more than enough scattered around the city that you’re bound to bump into one or two along the way! We even have a new Christmas Market Experience in Verona for you to really make the most of your time here at this special time of year.

What’s Open in Venice Around Christmas?

St Mark’s Basilica

Unlike many other cities in the western world, where Christmas shuts down much of the tourism services, Venice is much more open for business during Christmas than you might expect! For example, both the Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica are open on Christmas Eve (the 24th) and Boxing Day (the 26th) — as are most other tourist spots, such as the Galleria dell'Accademia and Museo Correr.

Christmas Day (the 25th) is the only time of year when the main attractions close. Don’t expect any tours or activities on Christmas. However, roughly half of all Venice’s restaurants stay open on the 25th of December, so you will be able to book you ideal Italian Christmas dinner without too much bother.

Remember to See the Big Sights Too!

The Doge’s Palace

Even though it’s Christmas and it’s fun to see all of the Christmas markets and other yuletide festivities, remember to take some time out to see some of Venice’s most important buildings. Take our Doge’s Palace tour to learn all about this incredible building and its history as the residence and seat of power for Venice’s Doge (Duke) and his councillors.

Take our St Mark’s Basilica tour if you’d like to admire one of the most incredible churches in the world. The original church was first opened in 1094 but was later designed and rebuilt into the immensely grand structure we know today. St Mark’s has over 8,000 square meters of mosaics that have been made over the last 800 years. You might also be interested to learn that a lot of the cathedral’s treasures were acquired from Constantinople during the Crusades. There is so much history and beauty to be found at St Mark’s, so make sure you don’t miss it!

However, many agree that the best, most authentic Venetian experience one can have is to take a walking tour of Venice, hearing tales and learning history from your guide as you explore. And if you don’t have much time and want to leave as much space as possible for Christmas shopping and other festive activities, you can opt for our Venice in a day tour.

That’s all we have time for today. Christmas is the perfect time to visit Venice, and we hope this blog post has convinced one or two readers to take a Christmas break in The City of Water! Please get in touch if you have any questions. Plan your perfect Venetian getaway today!