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Florence – Christmas Markets in Italy
Firenze Weihnachtsmarkt

Location : Piazza Santa Croce
Dates : 28.11.2018 – 20.12.2018
Times : 10:00 – 20:00

German Christmas Market in Florence

In Florence, the Weihnachtsmarkt, a German word that means Christmas market, has come to Santa Croce Square from the city of Heidelberg for many years.

The stands sell decorations for Christmas trees and homes, Christmas cakes such as Stollen accompanied by the restorative Glühwein (mulled wine); visitors will enjoy not only Christmas food but only German food (especially wurst and sauerkraut) at Santa Croce Square.

The Christmas version of the Lungoungiorno artisan market will take place at the SAM space of the Old Convent. Not to be missed is also the traditional Christmas market of the Italian Red Cross at Palazzo Capponi. – 30 November – 1 and 2 December 2018

The markets are now widespread across the province: some of them have a long story, such as the Marradi markets, or those of the nearby village of Palazzuolo sul Senio with its Advent Magic, where visitors can admire stands, nativity scenes, Santa Claus’s chalet and many other surprises in store. Still remaining close to the Apennines that divide us from Emilia-Romagna, Christmas Flakes at Firenzuola is worth mentioning.

Still exploring the rest of the territory, it is worth remembering that near Florence, at Signa, the Market of Oberdrauburg and Maromme also have Christmas Markets.

Another festive Christmas Market will take place in the town of Fiesole .
The town of Scandicci (which can be easily accessed from the centre of Florence thanks to the Tram Line 1) will host the Christmas markets in Matteotti Square.

As far as Mugello is concerned, worth mentioning is Christmas Merchandise at San Piero a Sieve ; there is also a Christmas Market at Dicomano.

In the Chianti region, Christmas Markets are very successful: they are held at Barberino Val d’Elsa with Christmas in the village; at Greve and in the hamlet of Strada. Finally at Mercatale, in the municipality of San Casciano Val di Pesa. Not to be missed is the Santa Lucia Fair in the centre of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa.

In the area of Empoli-Valdelsa, worth mentioning is the Christmas edition of Gourmet, the festival for those who appreciate good food at Montelupo Fiorentino.
In the centre of Montespertoli, a market called Christmas among the squares.

At Londa, a Christmas market will be held in the Repubblica square; Consuma, a hamlet of Pelago, should not be missed.


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