As every year Florence christmas events are many, even this year Florence gets ready to welcome the Christmas holidays with the traditions that have been kept alive for centuries in Italy.
At Christmas, Florence is full of lights enlightening the squares and the streets decorated for the festivity. The traditional Christmas markets which enliven many squares of the city warm up the magical atmosphere of the city at this time of the year.
Among these markets, the most famous and traditional one is the Weihnachtsmarkt that, like every year, takes place in Santa Croce Square with many wooden stands representing the classical German tradition. In this characteristic Christmas market, visitors might find their Christmas presents among the 50 artisanal stands and , in the meantime, taste many German and European specialties such as spiced wines, pretzels, wurstels, cakes and many others typical Christmas food.
Another classical event to go shopping and taste Tuscan wine and food products is the Fierucola in Santo Spirito Square. Visitors will find different kinds of objects for their Christmas presents and many delicious typical Tuscan products.
The Florence Light Festival too contributes to the creation of a magic atmosphere in the city. This event, which lasts for the entire Christmas holidays, offers projections and games of lights on the most important Florentine monuments' walls.
Another Christmas tradition which attracts many tourists is the nativity scene. In Tuscany very characteristic and extremely evocative nativity scenes are realized. The tradition of the manger scene is present in Florence too with the nativity scene set up on the porch of the Cathedral, made of life-size handmade clay sculptures.
These sculptures represent not only the Holy Family but also the ox, the donkey and an angel, all handcrafted by the skilled Florentine artisan Luigi Mariani.