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Christmas 2018 in Florence: events this December

sabato 1 Dicembre 2018

Here is a selection of events taking place in December in the Metropolitan City of Florence. The full programme is listed on the area’s official tourist website

For those who are planning to travel to Florence in December, these are the event highlights this month in the city and surrounding towns.
In anticipation of Christmas and the New Year, the festive season will be filled with events starting on 8 December with the Florence Light Festival, which will start off with the traditional lighting of the giant Christmas tree in Piazza del Duomo. The light installations on the city’s main monuments this year will be inspired by the theme: the genius of Leonardo, to mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death in 2019.
On 21 December rowers dressed up as Santa Claus will float down the river Arno in a boat, to wish the City a very Merry Christmas
Not to be missed is the Christmas Party at the Medici Park of Pratolino on Saturday 15. On the 16 December, “Natalia, the town of Santa Claus” will see the parade of over 100 performers through the historic city centre of Fucecchio.
Christmas Markets will be held every weekend of the month in most of the municipalities of the Metropolitan City.
On the 31 December, the New Year will be celebrated with traditional parties held in town squares all across the area.
Lungarno Aldo Moro will host the Florence Winter Park offering visitors the opportunity to practice winter sports such as skiing, ice skating or sliding on the snow. In Scandicci the Ice Skating Rink, in via Pantin, will be open from 1 December.
For the exhibitions: Until 20 January Palazzo Strozzi will host “The Cleaner” an overview of the iconic works of Marina Abramović.
Banksy. “This is not a photo opportunity”, the exhibition dedicated to street art will be held at Palazzo Medici Riccardi until 24 February.

Script: Nicola Giannattasio
Translation and voice over: Giorgia Scaturro