What to do in Florence on December 8th?

December 8th is the ideal time to spend a few days in one of the most beautiful Italian cities: here is what to do in Florence on December 8th.

From the first days of the month, you will start to breathe the Christmas atmosphere: the lights turn on, the stalls open, and the windows are decorated.

This year, Italian students and workers will be happy to know that the Immaculate Conception day is a Thursday: a great opportunity to take four days off and discover one of the most beautiful cities in Italy to celebrate this legal holiday.



What to do in Florence in December

If the tour of the main attractions is always a good idea, discovering a UNESCO World Heritage City through its lesser-known sites can be even more exciting. There are many things to do in Florence in December. The Christmas markets in Piazza Santa Croce are, for example, an event not to be missed for those waiting for Christmas throughout the year. Another picturesque square to appreciate on Christmas is that of SS. Annunziata. Here you can find the characteristic Fierucola dell'Immacolata: between handicrafts and organic farming, a leap into the past with the medieval parade and, finally, the lighting of the Christmas tree.


A nice activity to do with family or friends is ice skating on one of the rinks set up around Florence in December. Among these, we recommend the one in Piazza Della Libertà.

December 8 also marks the beginning of one of the most famous and awaited events in the Tuscan capital: the Firenze Light Festival. An event that you can attend simply by walking through the streets of the city. During the festival, the main Florentine squares are illuminated creatively also thanks to the use of projections and artistic installations – make sure not to miss the video mapping on Ponte Vecchio.


In addition to the numerous Christmas events, we remind you that on 21 December there is a small party in honor of one of the most influential figures of the city, although unknown to most: the Marquis Ugo of Tuscia. The celebrations for the person who first moved the court from Lucca to Florence – thus elevating the city's status in the region – is the Badia Fiorentina, where his tomb is located.

Despite the cold, Florence in December is an excellent idea for spending a few days at Christmas fairs and activities.



What to do on December 8 in Tuscany?

The whole region offers visitors different possibilities to spend this holiday, here is what to do on December 8 in Tuscany:

●      In the province of Grosseto you can take part in the event “Cantine, antichi sapori e tradizioni popolari”. The event takes place precisely, in Castel del Piano that, for the occasion, goes back in time with torch lit streets and decorated with vats, barrels and tools of the peasant civilization to display its true essence to visitors. This a golden opportunity to taste local food and wine products in the cellars and workshops.

●      The Santa Claus World in Campi Bisenzio, in the province of Florence, is open from November 12 Until December 24 and it is an ideal location for children and adults: workshops and entertainment, Christmas markets, the typical train and the ice skating rink will be there to entertain you.

●      The Città della Castagna is an event not to be missed: on 4 and 5 December, in Castelnuovo Garfagnana you can discover the festival dedicated to the typical chestnut flour.

A region rich in genuine products and breathtaking landscapes such as Tuscany is a great destination in December. You will be spoiled for choice!



8 December in Florence: open museums and exhibitions not to be missed

On 8 December in Florence, several of the most famous museums will stay open: from the Accademia Gallery to the Uffizi, including Palazzo Vecchio, the Medici Chapels and the Museum of San Marco. It is always advisable to check the official website for any changes to the opening hours.


However, an unmissable event kicks off during the first weeks of December in Florence and you certainly should include it in your tour, to give the perfect ending to your Florentine holiday.


We are talking about HZERO's family program: the large model railway that tells the evolution of the railway world, and the museum that revolves around it, will welcome you and your whole family for a memorable experience to share.


The path, diversified by age groups and led by a museum educator, is focused on the theme of travel, with strong evocative and imaginative potential:


●      In the activity dedicated to families with children between 3 and 6 years old, narration, play and dramatization are preferred.

●      In the activity dedicated to families with children between 7 and 10 years old, more space is given to moments of observation and group reflection.


HZERO is the ideal experience if you are looking for what to do in Florence on December 8. All participants, regardless of age, will be involved in the immersive experience of the visit and the laboratory activity, to travel with the body, mind and heart to discover one of the symbols of the evolution of technology and human history.