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Where to spend Christmas in Venice

From Christmas markets and choirs to island-hopping and Midnight Mass, in this city guide we bring you the best ways to spend Christmas in Venice

Katie Ramsingh
City Guide
Katie Ramsingh,

If you’re spending Christmas in the city of Venice, these are the festive hotspots you don’t want to miss.


The islands of Torcello and Murano
Island-hopping during the winter season is ideal, as the islands are always quieter in the colder months. We recommend a stop at Murano, a perfect place to pick up some glass Christmas decorations and even see entire Christmas trees crafted from the famous Murano glass, and Torcello, a picturesque place with perfect, unspoiled views of the lagoon in winter.


Campo San Polo
Christmas in Europe is not complete without a trip to some winter markets and Campo San Polo is the top Christmas market spot in Venice, with stalls selling everything from handmade Venetian trinkets to sweet treats, as well as an ice rink. This is an ideal place to take your family during the festive period and we recommend a visit after dark so you can take in all the Christmas lights that decorate the area.


Saint Mark’s Basilica
Midnight Mass is an important Christian tradition among the majority of Venetians, so on Christmas Eve all religious places, include the famous Saint Mark’s Basilica, will be packed full of locals and visitors alike, joining in singing and prayer. 


Christmas concerts
Special concerts, some with full choirs, happen throughout the festive period in Venice, but the locations differ each year. Our top tip is to check out local posters and advertisements when you arrive in the city, and find the best concerts like a true local. If that idea is slightly daunting, head to the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari on 26 December at 4pm, when a Christmas concert complete with choir is held every year in this historic church.



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