Celebrate the festive season in Venice

With the seasons beginning to change and the long summer days slowly getting shorter now is the perfect time to make plans for a pre-Christmas break. Heading on a city break is the perfect way to relax and prepare for what is often a busy time of the year and exploring the wonders of Venice under the magic and sparkle of Christmas is the perfect choice for a festive break.

Venice is special at any time of the year but when it is all lit up with lights and decorations that reflect on the water it really does become so much more magical and romantic. Another great reason to escape here is that during the winter months Venice becomes a lot quieter as the large summer tourist crowds have been and gone, meaning the trip will feel a lot more personal. Well known for its canals and breathtaking architecture Venice is a city like no other, with stunning museums, churches, palaces and divine cuisine to explore and indulge in you will definitely find something to please everyone this festive season.

Glistening with a warm glow Venice comes alive in a unique way over the winter as delicate fairy lights strung on the gondolas twinkle in the waters reflections. The shops, streets, museums and churches are adorned with beautiful lights and handmade decorations that will make your eyes sparkle with festive delight. Christmas markets full of Venetian treasures such as handmade lace, ornate glass and carnival masks adorned with colour and style sit amongst tempting delights to make the taste buds tingle while festive music carries across the air drawing you into an experience only unique to Venice.

Ice skating is a popular past time with locals during the festive season and what could be more romantic than embracing this under a canopy of shimmering lights and joyful music. Immerse yourself fully in the atmosphere that this special time of year brings and don’t forget to warm those hands with a decadent hot chocolate at the side, the perfect moment to reflect and treasure your memories so far.

Visiting during the festive season allows you to capture Venice in a way that is different, the architecture is dramatic, moody and immense and very different to the light and airy images captured in the summer months. The waters glisten as the evening lights glow and the festive mood that floats in the air draws you in to discover more.

Celebrating the festive season in Venice is sure to delight and creates the perfect opportunity to find some very unique gifts that share a story of memories, magic and sparkle from Venice. So remember to wrap up warm and be prepared for the odd rain shower as exploring Venice in winter will be an experience to remember forever.

During the festive season, some museums and churches have different opening times so be sure to check these before arriving to ensure a relaxed and fulfilled visit.