From: Saturday, Nov 10th, 2018
To: Sunday, Jan 6th, 2019
Venice Christmas Markets 2018
With Venice’s already-gorgeous canals, piazzas and ornate architecture lit up with Christmas decorations, the streets less crowded than in the height of the tourist season, and locals doing their Christmas shopping, the holidays make for a fantastic time to visit. You’ll find lights and gorgeous decorations all over Venice, even on the gondolas.
Since 1987 Venice and its lagoon have been counted among the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites. The main Christmas market is held in the historic piazza near the Palazzo Grassi and turns the Campo Santo Stefano, near Accademia bridge, into a Christmas Village throughout December. It has lots of stands with local treasures and ice skating rink! There is also a market in Mestre at the Piazza Ferretto. The Christmas stalls on Strada Nova are also worth browsing.
Highlights of December and January Christmas markets include shopping for gifts such as their world-renowned hand-blown glass, midnight Mass at St. Mark’s and fireworks on New Year’s Eve! The events come to a close on the 6th with the Epiphany Witches Rowing Race. Also on the 6th, the Clock Tower in St Mark’s square hosts a show that takes place only twice a year: at the stroke of midday, from the side panel of the clock, you can watch the procession of the Nativity, with the Wise Men parading in front of the Virgin Mary.
If you are in Venice on the Saturday before Christmas Eve, watch out for the annual charity Christmas Santa run, an amazing sight filled with crazy Santa’s across the city.
GETTING AROUND & GAY VENICE
The city is approximately 3 miles wide with the major sights concentrated in the neighbourhoods of San Polo, across the Grand Canal from the train station; Dorsoduro a little further south; and San Marco to Dorsoduro’s west, again across the Grand Canal. But don’t worry, everyone gets lost. It is almost impossible to get to your destination in a straight line as Venice is riddled with dead ends and twisted passageways.
For nightlife, most gay visitors head off the island to Mestre, Venice’s mainland half, or nearby Padova (half an hour away) to party. Its worth noting that Padova is also home to some of the loveliest wandering streets, gelato, and art in Italy.
Here are the Hotels we recommend that keep you close to all the action,
Video Of Venice at Chrismas
Recommended Hotels in Venice
Although most of the gay scene is centered in the mainland, its hard to beat a hotel in the Cannaregio district for an authentic taste of Venetian life.
Pesaro Palace 4 Star
15th-century building on the Grand Canal,offering Venetian-style rooms with free Wi-Fi.