A guide to the main markets in Tuscany, city by city
Lots of markets during the Christmas season make them the ideal place to seek out gifts for yourself, friends and family! Wherever you may be, it is likely you'll find a market nearby on the weekends (and early holidays) starting in November and throughout the month of December. Many will occur on the same days, so you'll have to choose where to head to.
Here is a selection of the main ones we recommend!
photo credit Mercato di Natale Firenze
Every year, there are various Christmas markets in Florence (and surroundings) where you can will find great gifts as well as get the chance to taste delicious food specialties while you roam... or just enjoy a little of the festive atmosphere that abounds!
Here are my favorite Christmas markets in town:
WEIHNACHTSMARKT CHRISTMAS MARKET - PIAZZA SANTA CROCE - November 28 to December 27, 2017 from 10 am to 10 pm
The Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas market is Florence's "traditional" market held in Piazza Santa Croce. The market appears as a small Christmas village with typical wooden houses popular in Christmas markets in Germany and in the north of Italy. Here, you will find Italian and international products that make perfect gifts, including Christmas decorations, candles, tableware, clothing and much more, as well as food and wine specialties to be enjoyed on the spot or taken home. Admission is free.
CHRISTMAS IN the OLTRARNO - BOBOLI CHRISTMAS
Christmas is celebrated in the characteristic area of Oltrarno, in via Romana and surroundings. Here on December 11th you'll find a Christmas market, music and games for children and light projections. Admission is free.
CHRISTMAS MARKETS AT MARRADI - December 6 - 13, 2017
The small town of Marradi, famous for its Chestnut Festival, celebrates Christmas with several days of market where you will find local handicrafts and food items, decorations and many ideas for your gifts. Entertainment is provided including music, puppet shows for the kids and a Santa Claus House!
MAGIE DELL’AVVENTO (MAGIC OF THE ADVENT) AT PALAZZUOLO SUL SENIO - December 3 - 8 - 10 - 17, 2017
These four days are devoted to Christmas in Palazzuolo sul Senio, in the upper part of the Mugello, go to add to another reason why people are drawn to this small town: for the many nativity scenes that fill the village during Christmas time. The "1000 Presepi per Palazzuolo" (1000 Nativities/Cribs for Palazzuolo) will be on display until January 6. On December 26, an evocative recital of Nativity at sunset is planned.
NATALE IN CORSO | Barberino di Mugello | December 11 and 18
Market through the historical center's streets with various entertainments, live statues, street artists and nativity scenes.
FIOCCHI DI NATALE | Firenzuola | December 11 and 18
From 10am, in the historical center: artisan crafts and more perfect for gift giving, music and games for children to celebrate the holiday season.
CHRISTMAS MARKETS AROUND CHIANTI
Christmas is also celebrated across all of Chianti, where you will find Christmas markets and artisans, music and entertainment.
Here is the calendar of the event for this year: Radda in Chianti December 16 - 17.
CHRISTMAS WITH BOWS AT MONTERIGGIONI - December 8, 2017
If you're interested in events around Christmas and December in Florence, take a look at this article.
photo credit Siena Mercato Nel Campo
MERCATO NEL CAMPO IN SIENA - December 2 - 3 2017 from 8 am to 8 pm
The stunning Piazza del Campo in Siena will host the stalls of "Mercato nel Campo", which isn't just dedicated to Christmas, but a weekend where you will find many handicrafts, food and wine, gifts, decorations, books and other ideas that are still perfect as Christmas gifts.
CITTA’ DELLE FIACCOLE - ABBADIA SAN SALVATORE - December 8, 2017 to January 7, 2018
The town of Abbadia San Salvatore every year offers a series of interesting events related to Christmas. Abbadia San Salvatore is known as "la città delle fiaccole" due to an ancient tradition that takes place during Christmas eve, when several small bonfires are set afire along the streets of the medieval town and people celebrate Christmas with carols and tastings of typical local food products. The celebrations start on December 5 with the construction of the first piles for the bonfires and continue until January with a calendar of events that will enrich the magic of this local tradition.
CHRISTMAS MARKET AT MONTEPULCIANO - November 18, 2017 to January 7, 2018
Montepulciano at Christmas is transformed into a Christmas market (free admission) with over sixty wooden houses where you'll find handicrafts, delicatessen products, decorations and gifts. Inside the Castle of Montepulciano, instead, children can enjoy the Christmas village set up just for them (this does charge an admission fee).
Read more about Christmas events in Siena HERE.
CHRISTMAS MARKET AT MONTEPULCIANO - November 4, 2017 to December 26, 2018
From skating rinks to Santa Claus’s home, from life size advent calendars to the Grinch roaming the city streets, Chianciano is so much more than a Christmas market...it is a Christmas adventure!
Check their official website for days and hours HERE.
SANTA’S WORKSHOP - December 8, 9 & 10, 2017
Though the theme centers around Santa’s Elfs and children, there is a Christmas market where you will find regional foods, artisan products and lots of Christmas cheer.
MARKET IN VIA PAPARELLI IN PISA
In Via Paparelli in Pisa hosts the city market every Wednesday and Saturday morning but on the Sundays leading up to Christmas, it turns into a Christmas market offering many items perfect for gifts and decorations, although it retains the air of the city market.
SMALL MARKET UNDER THE ARCADE OF PIAZZA XX SETTEMBRE
Enjoy the small Christmas market on the Sundays before Christmas set up under the arcades of Piazza XX Settembre, which faces the Ponte di Mezzo. It will be on your way between the train station and Piazza dei Miracoli, so it will offer the perfect chance to shop on your way (there or back).
DECEMBER ANTIQUES IN AREZZO - December 2 - 3, 2017
The traditional antiques fair which takes place on the first weekend of every month in Arezzo will be Christmas-themed in December. So you will get the chance to find great antiques and much more!
AREZZO CITTA’ DEL NATALE (The Village) - November 18 to January 1, 2018
Arezzo becomes nothing less than the "A Christmas Village" during the festivities! Held in the Piazza Grande there will be an authentic “Tirolese” market with over 25 stalls of products from northern Italy (open to the public every day).
You'll also find workshops for children, the home of Santa Clausa, open 18-19-25-26 November and 2-3-8-9-10-16-17-23-24 December from 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm til 6:30 pm.an ice skating rrink and "Frozen" themed village.
Other Christmas markets will be in Piazza San Jacopo and Piazza Risorgimento, from 2 December to 8 January.
Since the end of November until the second Sunday of January Lucca will be illuminated by projections and Christmas decorations and on the weekends there will be held several events and street markets in the neighborhoods of the historic center.
CHRISTMAS IN PIAZZA NAPOLEONE - from 2 December 2017 to 8 January 2018
Once again the Piazza Napoleone in Lucca will host an ice skating rink with a characteristic festive market nearby in the ex-San Michele.
In the province:
CHRISTMAS IN THE CASTLE OF NOZZANO - First weekend in December
On Sunday, in the Fortress of Nozzano, you can enjoy "Christmas in the Castle of Nozzano", an event especially designed for families with children. The event starts at 10am with a Christmas market all around the fortress.
Starting at 3pm, children will find Santa Claus in his house and in the afternoon, there will be entertainment with music and culinary delicacies in the stalls. Free entrance.
IN MASSA CARRARA
UN NATALE DA VIVERE (A CHRISTMAS TO LIVE) - MASSA CARRARA - November 26, to January 6, 2018
Massa Carrara organizes various events for Christmas for kids and adults.In the city center there are the Christmas markets, but also the House of Santa Claus, the elves of the forest and the factory of toys. There will also a skating rink and then musical entertainment, stories and fun for children.
CHRISTMAS EVENT - BAGNO DI GAVORRANO - December 16 & 17, 2017
The tiny village of Bagno di Gavorrano hosts a Christmas market, with 100 stands filled with just Christmas goodies, over 50 with local culinary specialties to enjoy and lots of lights and sounds of the holiday.