Cute wooden stalls filled with glittering goods and serving festive food isn’t just reserved for Germany – Tuscany has a number of Christmas markets to make the most “bar humbug” happy with glee.
Chianciano Terme – Paese di Babbo Natale
This quaint Tuscan town transforms itself into a Father Christmas wonderland with lights, stars and projections to guide visitors through an enchanted world. Take the mini-train, ‘Polar Express’, through the city to the Father Christmas Grotto inside Sant’ Elena’s park where many activities will be held for families with children. From 6 November to 27 December 27.
Montepulciano – Villagio di Natale
The picturesque hilltop town of Montepulciano comes alive with festive cheer in its streets and squares. The annual Christmas market set in Piazza Grande, piazzetta Danesi and Via San Donato has sixty wooden houses with themed decorations selling ornaments and Christmas decorations, food, sweets, clothing, leather goods, handicrafts and much more. The market also has street food stalls, Santa Claus Castle plus a number of performances, shows and entertainment programmed for the whole family. From 22 November to 6 January.
Florence – Weihnachtsmarkt
This German inspired Christmas market is back in Piazza Santa Croce for the annual Weihnachtsmarkt. This festa fills the historic square in central Florence with small wooden huts adorned with Christmas ornaments selling everything from clothing, Christmas ornaments, soaps, and cheeses to take home plus food stalls offering typical Northern Europe fare including bratwurst sausages, strudel and pretzels plus hot wine (vin brule) on sale. From 2 to 20 December.
Lucca – Mercatini di Natale
The old town of Lucca hosts a number of Christmas inspired markets for the holiday season. First up, the Medieval Market (from 10 to 12 December) in Piazza della Cittadella showcasing Christmas customs and traditions from medieval times with local products and crafts on sale. Meanwhile, Fiera di San Michele in Foro will host over 50 stands displaying Christmas ornaments, decorations, food and wine, toys and other curiosities in Piazza San Michele. From 4 December to 9 January.