Spending Christmas in Venice

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All the cities get more beautiful at Christmas time because they fill up with lights and decorations.
Venice is not an exception, actually Christmas in Venice is even nicer than in every other place since here the Christmas magic mixes to the typical all-the-year-round city magical atmosphere.

Have you ever been to Venice at Christmas time?

Imagine the intermittent lights that decorate a balcony and that mirror on the water of the canal below, or an illuminated Christmas tree framed by a Venetian style mullioned window. think about the windows of the bakeries full of sweets and cakes typical of this period of the year and the decorated windows of all other shops.

Another reason to visit Venice at Christmas time are the events: in the islands many and different are the organized events like for example concerts, theater plays, recreational activities for children and Christmas markets.

The city of Venice has published the program of the events of Christmas 2015 in Venice, we sum up here below the most beautiful and interesting events taking place in the surrounding of our B&B. You could take part to these events while staying at our Palazzina Veneziana!

Christmas 2015 events in Venice

Ice rink in Campo San Polo
From 5th Decembre to 9th February
Have you ever thought about ice skating in Venice? In Campo San Polo you can do that every winter in the ice rink mounted on the square: kids enjoy that so much.

Avvento in musica – San Trovaso Church
From 29th November to 20th December
Pre-Christmas series of organ concerts. The main protagonist is the precious organ Gaetano Callido of San Trovaso Church. The concerts take place every Sunday from 29th November to 20th December 2015 at 4 pm in San Trovaso Church. Free entry.

murano glass

Credits Juliette Gibert – Flickr

Glass Christmas – Chiesa degli Scalzi
From 12th to 22nd December
An exhibition of the masterpieces of the glass artists of Murano island: through their works that will be shown in the Church of Madonna di Nazareth (Scalzi) they reinterpret the nativity. Opening ceremony on 12th December at 6.30 pm, the exhibition is open till 22nd December.

Concert in the Basilica – Basilica di San Marco
17-18 December
Concert conducted by Marco Gemmai with the solo singers of Cappella Marciana, in collaboration with Teatro La Fenice. The concert takes place in St. Mark’s Basilica at 8 pm on 17th and 18th December. Tickets upon invitation.

Open Venezia Nativa
From 19th December to 6th January
Venezia Nativa, the association to appraise the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, organizes from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm guided tours to the islands of the Northern Lagoon to discover the local artisans and the typical cusine. Some tours are free, others have paid admission.
The whole program on Venezia Nativa website.

Christmas in Ruga Giuffa
19th December
From 4 pm to 8 pm the traditional street fair in Ruga Giuffa. A local fair where you can enjoy the real Venetian life with “ombre” (glasses of wine), “cicchetti” (typical local tapas), panini and typical local food like “pasta e fagioli” and “musetto”. Music, sweets and charity lottery.

A Big Christmas – Concert for 200 voices at Teatro Goldoni
19th-20th December
The Big Vocal Orchestra, a choir of over 200 voices exhibits in a concert at Goldoni Theater in Venice. Three shows taking place on 19th and 20th December 2015.
Tickets available to book on the theater website.

Santa Claus’ run
20th December
To support the onlus association AVAPO Venezia onlus also this year takes place the Santa Claus run. The start of the run is at 9 am of 20th December in Campo San Giacometto in Rialto.
The runners have to pay 10€ to take part to the competition, the price includes the rental of the Santa Claus dress and an hot drink at the end of the run.

regata babbi natale

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Santa Claus’ regatta
20th December
Santa Claus’ regatta takes place every year at Christmas time: this year will take place on 20th December at 10am. A parade of boats decorated like Christmas trees and a group of rowers dressed like Santa Claus leaves from San Marco to arrive in Rialto where songs, dances, prizes and sweets for kids await.

Christmas markets
From 15th to 22nd December
In collaboration with Associazione Bochalieri, Christmas Markets take place in Venice from 10 am to 5 pm in front of Serra dei Giardini in Sestiere Castello.

Poesia e luce
From 5th December to 7th January
In Campo San Moisé and Calle XXII marzo the facades of the building become canvas where light messages and words are projected. Art installation in homage to the artist Marco Nereo Rotelli.

Vinicio Capossela concert – Teatro La Fenice
20th December
On 20th December by La Fenice Theater takes place a date of Vinicio Capossela tour “Qu’ART de Siècle”. A tour organized to celebrate the 25 years of his career. The show is part of the concert named “Naufragi”, organized by Veneto Jazz for the festival Cultnet.

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New Year’s Eve concert – Teatro La Fenice
30th-31st December and 1st January
The usual New Year’s Eve concert with the orchestra and choir of La Fenice Theater directed by James Conlon will take place during several shows on 30th-31st December and 1st January.

Regata delle Befane
6th January
On 6th January the “Befane” arrive by boat in Venice. A Befana is an old woman who arrives on Epiphany to bring coal to the bad kids and sweets to the good ones.
At 11 am along Canal Grande takes place the regatta of the Befane: it lasts about 15 minutes and the competitors are over 55 years old rowers dressed with shawl, long skirts and scarfs on their head. On Rialto brudge will be supplied hot chocolates, vin brulé and candies as good omen for the new year.

regata befane

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Eyes and ears wide open… La Fenice on the road
The musicians of La Fenice Theater will appear along Venice streets during Christmas time with improvised concerts. Flash mobs to entertain with their notes the people passing by and the city streets.
So keep your eyes and ears alerts because they could show up where and when you don’t expect!