Many Christmas markets take place in Florence and the surroundings in the weeks before Christmas (especially during the weekends). Here you’ll find gifts of various kinds, from furnishings, food and wine.
The biggest Christmas market in Florence is located in Piazza Santa Croce, and generally lasts from the end of November to the last days before Christmas. It draws on the tradition of German markets, with the typical small wooden houses, and offers different items from crafts to food products, small furniture and Christmas decorations. It hosts foreign exhibitors, but Italian as well. In 2016, the Christmas market will be from the 30th of November to 18th of December.
Shopping lovers will find shops open every day until Christmas, both in the historical center and outside.
Among the traditional markets, you can visit the Fierucola dell’Immacolata (Immaculate Small Fair) organized in Piazza Santissima Annunziata on the 8th of December.
You will also find many smaller Christmas markets in the different neighborhoods of the historical center, mainly organized on the weekends. If you’re going to visit the surroundings of Florence, you’ll find nice Christmas markets and fairs in the Mugello area, but also in the villages of Chiantiand in Fiesole.