FESTIVE LIGHTS IN VENICE
Where's insider guide to the city's attractions during the holiday season.
Spending the holiday season in Venice is a brilliant idea! In December the canals, ‘palazzi', façades and bridges of this unique city are lit up with thousands of lights whose reflections glimmer in the water.
Explore the streets of the centre, around St. Mark's Square or along the Grand Canal and be enchanted by their atmosphere and beauty. During the Christmas holidays or at New Year, the city's attractions and museums are not as crowded as they are during summer. You can walk along the ‘calli'- in some areas, the streets are almost deserted – or indulge in a hot chocolate or a glass of wine without elbowing your way through the crowds. The city also offers the best of shopping, food and typical Venetian holiday traditions to make your stay truly unforgettable.
CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS For some years, the ‘sestiere' of Dorsoduro has hosted My Christmas Venice: a unique display of lights featuring Christmas-inspired works of art by internationally renowned artists: an incredible open-air museum beneath the stars. The events are scheduled to run from 2 December to 7 January 2018. Throughout December, Food Village takes centre stage in Campo San Vio. The event attracts locals and tourists alike and is a go-to destination to sample a cup of hot chocolate or a glass of vin brulé, a traditional winter beverage served hot and made from wine, sugar, aromatic spices and cloves. Ca' Zenobio, a late 17th-century Venetian ‘palazzo' and the headquarters of the Armenian college, hosts a Christmas Market in December, selling high-quality artisanal products.
From 9 December and for the following four weekends, you can enjoy magical moments of Christmas shopping at the ‘MCV XMAS Market' set against the backdrop of Palazzo Zenobio, a magnificent late 17th-century Venetian palazzo and the headquarters of the Armenian College. A winter wonderland where visitors of all ages can soak up the festive atmosphere, browse the stalls and purchase local specialties and high-quality artisanal products.