Christmas lights up in Venice? Oh yes!

As the days become shorter and temperatures colder, Venice prepares to immerse itself in the magic of Christmas.

This year, the city of canals lights up with lights and decorations to create a unique and engaging atmosphere.

The festivities kick off with the long-awaited lighting of the tree in Piazza Ferretto, followed by an opening ceremony in St. Mark's Square.

This marks the official start of the Christmas festivities.

Tree lighting in Piazza Ferretto: Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Christmas lights up in Venice

In the picturesque setting of Piazza Ferretto, on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., illuminations, garlands and decorated trees will create a spectacle of light and color, officially ushering in the Christmas season.

The square will be transformed into a magical place, ready to welcome residents and visitors in an atmosphere of celebration and joy.

The opening ceremony at St. Mark's Square: another must-see event

The next day, the magical scenery will move to St. Mark's Square, where an opening ceremony will transform the famous square into a veritable light show.

Dancing lights will illuminate the calli and campi, giving everyone an unforgettable experience in one of the most evocative settings in the world.

"Venice lights up Christmas": a unique calendar of events

The heart of the historic center will be pervaded by the warmth of Christmas, with illuminations embracing the islands of the lagoon, from the picturesque Lido to Pellestrina, from Murano to Burano to Sant'Erasmo and Vignole.

The Procuratie Vecchie will be illuminated thanks to the "Murano Illuminates the World" project, a collaboration with The Venice Glass Week.

Mayor Luigi Brugnaro stresses the importance of preserving Christmas traditions as signs of new life and hope.

In Mestre, heart of Christmas in Piazza Ferretto

In Mestre, the beating heart of Christmas will be Piazza Ferretto.

Here, twinkling lights and magical decorations will enchant the public, surrounding a large tree that will become the undisputed star.

From the lighting of the tree, the party will spread through the central streets, involving the whole area, from Viale Garibaldi to Piazzale Leonardo da Vinci.

Culture and tradition: discovering Venice during the holidays

Christmas 2023 in Venice offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the city's rich cultural heritage.

All museums will be open during the holidays, allowing residents and visitors to enjoy extraordinary exhibitions.

At Ca' Rezzonico, the Museum of the Venetian 700 hosts Rosalba Carriera's miniatures on ivory until January 9, while the Gallery of Modern Art at Ca' Pesaro presents the exhibition "The Venetian Portrait of the Nineteenth Century" until April 1, 2024.

New Year's Eve and New Year's Eve concert: an unforgettable celebration

New Year's Eve will be greeted with a fireworks display in the picturesque St. Mark's Basin.

To welcome the New Year in style, Radio Company will take the stage at Piazza Ferretto in Mestre for an extraordinary New Year's Eve concert.

Audiences will enjoy a mix of DJ sets, vocalists and live music with special guests, creating a vibrant atmosphere to welcome in 2024.

Attractions for all: from markets to ice rinks

Attractions multiply for adults and children. The Bissuola Winter Village at Albanese Park in Mestre will offer fun for all ages.

At Lido and Pellestrina, the traditional Christmas Village, with a picturesque little train among markets, parties and music, will capture the attention of residents and visitors alike.

Venice canals christmas lights: conclusion

Christmas in Venice promises to be an unforgettable experience, combining tradition, community and growth in a celebration that will transform the city of canals into a magical place.

From atmospheric tree lightings to cultural exhibitions in museums, from end-of-year celebrations to shows for adults and children, the Christmas program offers something for everyone.

Venice is preparing to share the magic of Christmas, inviting residents and visitors to immerse themselves in a unique and engaging atmosphere.

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