Christmas markets in Tuscany
If you are traveling in Tuscany during Christmas time, you cannot miss one of the Christmas markets in Tuscany for your Christmas shopping and fill your heart by its magical and suggestive atmosphere. Kids know that Christmas time has something special. But even adults, especially the ones with children, are able to feel joy inside their heart.
So, even if you are already grown-up, I personally think that a walk among one of best Christmas market in Tuscany, with the fascinating typical little wooden houses decorated with fir twigs and shining lightscan, can be therapeutic for your soul.
This is also the perfect occasion to taste a hot chocolate with whipped cream or other regional gourmet food, while you listen to traditional Christmas carols. While if you have a keen for wine, enjoy yourself with a glass of warming Vin Brule (Mulled Wine).
Here a list of some of the nicest Christmas markets in Tuscany I suggest you to visit, to buy some Christmas decorations for your house or presents for your beloved people.
My favourite Christmas markets in Tuscany
|Siena, all the markets||Where: Different Places|
|Dates: Different Dates|
|Massa, Un Natale da Vivere||Where: Massa Downtown (Piazza Mercurio, Piazza Aranci, Piazza del Mercato)|
|Dates: From 29 November to 6 January||Hours: from 10 am to 8 pm|
|Piazza Mercurio hosts a typical Christmas market with 19 wooden houses and special events for kids. Every day from 4 pm to 6 pm, your children can enter inside the Ginger Bread House in Piazza del Mercato to bring the key that will allow them to open the Santa’s House and deliver their Christmas letters to the Piazza Aranci. Teenagers and adults can have fun skating with music in Piazza Aranci Roller Park, every afternoon from 3.30 pm to 7 pm, and during the weekend from 11 am to 7 pm. The main city squares host many events: gospel choir, puppet theatre, street entertainments and fairy tale tellers. In Piazzetta della Conca you find the Toys Factory, where a woodworker will create traditional toys made in wood. In Piazza Martana instead, children could ride a real pony! On 19 December, Santa will be at the stunning Malaspina Castle for a special entertainment with long-shanks. In Via Cavour, every Saturday and Sunday, I suggest you to let your kids visit and enjoy the little people forest. Finally, from the 2 to 6 January in Via Beatrice, your children could meet the Befana who will be happy to give them candies and smiles.|
|Arezzo, Christmas Markets||Where: Piazza Grande|
|Date: from 4 to 27 December||Hours: from 10 am to 9 pm on working days and from 10 am to 10 pm on Saturday, Sunday and Holidays.|
|You will find 25 wooden houses runned by original Tyrolean merchants from the traditional Christmas Markets of Salzburg, Merano and Bolzano. They sell typical crafts such as edelweiss, wool slippers, soft plushies, Tyrolean tablecloths, jewelleries and costume jewellery, Christmas decorations for your tree, candles, cups and teapots. And delicious food as Tyrolean bacon, pretzels, strudel, licorice and chocolate.|
|Barberino del Mugello, Christmas Markets||Where: Corso Bartolomeo Corsini|
|Date: 6, 8, 13, 20 December||Hours: from 9 am to 9 pm|
|Traditional Christmas markets, street entertainment and tombola games (a sort of Bingo we use to play during Christmas holidays).|
|Campi Bisenzio, “Il magico parco di Natale”||Where: Rocca Strozzi|
|Date: from Saturday 5 to Thursday 24 December||Hours: from 3 pm to 7 pm|
|Your children could meet Santa Claus and see the nativity scenario, or attend to one of the many kid Christmas workshops.|
Caro Gesù Bambino, Andrea Bocelli
|Chianciano Terme, “Santa’s Village”||Where: Downtown|
|Date: From November 6, to December 27||Hours: All the weekends.
Friday only on afternoon.
Sat and Sun from 10 am to 8 pm.
8 December from 10 am to 8 pm.
From 20 to 27 December everyday from 10 am to 8 pm.
|A suggestive Christmas village with many stands where you can buy Christmas presents and typical food. A Christmas train will lead the guests around the hamlet. Inside the park of Sant’Elena there is the Santa’s house, face painting activities, the Santa Claus train station, the Elf village and the Elf Factory with the magical sled, an itinerary with ponys, Santa Claus present machinery, the thermal grotto with elfs’s nativity scenes, the typical Elf houses, the naughty children’s jail and a big lab for artworks. An entire village for Christmas includes also the Santa Claus Office and Santa’s Post Office to deliver letters that will be forwarded to Lapland.|
|Chiusi della Verna, Christmas Markets||Where: the main square of the village|
|Dates: from 20 to 27 December||Hours: from 11 am to 10 pm|
|You can walk along wooden houses full of local handicrafts perfect for aChristmas presents, a food area with Vin Brulé, hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts, bomboloni (the Tuscan variant of Donuts), strudel, cotton candies, hot dogs, fries, pizza and tigelle. On December 8 on Santa’s house, Elfs will receive the letters from all the children. Do not miss the Christmas Pie Contest, Santa Claus’ House, the concert of traditional Christmas carols, the Nativity scene contest, the Sky Lantern and the traditional dances.|
|Equi Terme, the 27th Edition of Living Nativity Scene||Where: hamlet of Equi Terme|
|Dates 24, 25, 26, 27 December|
|The village in Lunigiana host the living nativity scene with characters dressed as shepherds, peasants and the typical characters of the nativity. It also includes the grotto with Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus. On 26 December you can reach Equi Terme with an original Steam Train from the town of Viareggio in Versilia.|
|Florence, Weinachtsmarkt||Where: Piazza Santa Croce|
|Dates: from 2 to 20 December||Hours: from 10 am to 10 pm (on Sunday 20 December from 10 am to 8 pm)|
|Traditional German Christmas Markets with wooden chalets and typical Christmas decorations from all over Europe. Typical German food such as gingerbread, strudel, and a beautiful merry-go-round for kids.|
|Forte dei Marmi, Christmas Markets||Where: Downtown of Forte dei Marmi|
|Dates: From 5 December to 6 January 2016|
|The most glamorous downtown of Tuscany offers a very rich agenda with Christmas markets, antique trade market, Gospel Concerts, a farm market, street entertainments, fairy tales readings for children, nativity scene contests.|
|Fucecchio, Natalia||Where: Piazza la Vergine|
|Dates: 8, 12, 13, 19, 20 December and 6 January 2016|
|Natalia is the village of Santa Claus hosted by the cloister of the monastery “La Vergine” dated back to seventeenth-century. Here you will find a food court, Christmas markets with Christmas gifts, a very big Nativity Scenario and the Santa Clause’s house where children could meet Santa. The Elf’s Lab is a good idea to let your children create the Christmas decorations for your home Christmas tree. Don’t miss Santa Claus procession with 5 floats and more than 100 entertainers like dancers, elfs and fantasy characters.|
|Massarosa, Christmas in La Brilla||Where: Viale Pietra a Padule 1182 Quiesa, Massarosa|
|Dates: 5 and 8 December||Hours: from 10 am to 19 pm|
|Inside “La Brilla”, an ancient factory dated back to 1600 on the bank of the lake Massaciuccoli, is setted the Christmas Market where you can buy Christmas presents tasting Tuscan typical delicatessen, such as bomboloni (donuts), roasted chestnuts, castagnaccio and many others yummy sweets.|
|Montecatini Terme, Santa Claus House and Christmas Markets||Where: Castle of Terme Tamerici|
|Dates: 6, 8, 13, 15 20, 22, 27 29 december
4, 8, 12, 13, 18 December, 6 January
|Hours: from 10 am to 9 pm|
|It Offers Santa’s house and the Elf Village, toys factory, Christmas decorations, fairy tale workshopsand a food court.|
|Montepulciano, Christmas in Montepulciano||Where: Downtown of Montepulciano|
|Dates: 4, 8, 11, 13, 18 December and 6 January 2016||Hours: from 10 am to 7.30 pm|
|A real Bavarian Christmas Market in the heart of Montepulciano, with little wooden houses displaying handicrafts, typical food and Christmas decorations. Children can also enter the Santa’s Castle inside the fortress and have fun with creative workshops, games, street entertainment, animals in Santa’s Farm and a skating ice rink.|
|Palazzuolo sul Senio Christmas Market||Where: Downtown of Palazzuolo sul Senio|
|Dates: 6, 8, 13, 20 December||Hours: from 10 am to 7 pm|
|The Christmas market has Christmas decoration and gift stands, a food court full of delicious Tuscan tipical products, a chalet where kids could meet Santa and give him their Christmas letters. You can also enjoy an itinerary across the most beautiful nativity scenarios of different size created by the citizen of Palazzuolo sul Senio.|
|Pisa, Santa Claus Factory in Pisa||Where Palazzo dei Congressi, Via Giacomo Matteotti 1|
|Dates: from 4 to 8 December||Hours: from 10 am to 8 pm|
|The elfs will show you how toys, which Santa Claus will deliver to all the good kids of the world, are made. Children could attend also one of the many workshops to build their own toys, or have face painting. Adults can walk through the Christmas markets to buy Christmas gifts and taste typical Tuscan food at the restaurant of Santa Clause.|
|Pozzo della Chiana, “Un pozzo di regali”||Where: Piazza Don Blasi|
|Dates: 22 December||Hours: from 10 am to 8 pm|
|The 8th edition of “Un pozzo di Regali” allows children to give their Santa letters to the Elfs of the village. The last edition they received at least 400 letters.|