14 Best Christmas Markets In Italy For 2018

Christmas is around the corner, well not exactly! But still, we are pumped up as ever. The overall vibe of Christmas is just unmatchable, the city turns a million times more colorful and enchanting. The pleasant Christmas Carols, the vibrantly lit streets and a merry atmosphere everywhere is what Christmas is all about! But way before the eve, there are the preparations; the Christmas tree decoration, the cake making and what not!
And for all these preparations we present to you the list of some of the best Christmas markets in Italy selling all kinds of goodies!

1. Klausen Christmas Market

Klausen Christmas Market in ItalyImage Source: Wikimedia Commons
Dates: 30th November to 23rd December 2018

Timing: Every Friday to Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm

This year, if you want an extravagant nativity scene, then its detailing is a must. Hence, to buy some of the best decorative things, you should head all the way to the Klausen Christmas Market in Italy. Ornaments, nutcrackers, figurines and what not! Klaus Christmas Market is a fantasy land for everyone who loves shopping. Another major feature which makes it distinct from other Christmas markets in Italy is that the night-watchmen stroll through the market telling stories about Christmas. One thing which you shouldn’t miss, on your visit here! Also, present is a juggler showing all kind of tricks on the streets. 

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2. Tyrol Christmas Market

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Dates: 23 November 2018 till 6 January 2019.

Timing: 10am to 7pm (10am to 9pm on 7 Dec 2018; 10am to 2pm on 24 Dec 2018; 10am to 6pm on 31 Dec 2018, 12am to 7 pm on 1 Jan 2019, Closed on 25 Dec 2018)

This one is one of those Christmas markets which has something or the other to offer everyone. Apart from the usual Christmas goodies which are on sale, Tyrol Christmas Market also has a section in which you can do pony trekking and even pet a real reindeer. I'm sure your childhood fantasies about Christmas will come true if you visit this market.

3. Genoa Christmas Market

Genoa Christmas Market in ItalyImage Source: Wikimedia Commons

Duration: Entire month of December 2018 

Timing: 10 am to 7:30 pm

You want to make the Christmas delicacies yourself but suck at cooking? Don't worry. Head straightaway to Genoa Christmas Market in Piazzale Kennedy for some quick cooking lessons. Apart from the usual food and wine shops, the market is also known for a sparkling atmosphere. This market gets into the skin of a medieval age Italian village with about artisans and craftsmen wearing all vintage clothes and showcase their skills to the visitors. There are also shows which include a lot of dancing, choirs and musicals. Try to visit this place at night, when the lights shimmer the best ever!

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4. Turin Christmas Market

Turin Christmas Market in ItalyImage Source: Wikipedia.org

Duration: 1 December to 23 December 2018 

Timing: 10 am to 8 pm

A giant Christmas Tree: Check

People selling food, handicrafts, wine and other stuff: Check

Restaurants treating you with Christmas delicacies: Check

That's Turin Christmas Market in Piazza Borgo Dora in a nutshell. But what makes it different from other Christmas markets is that on weekends, the market sees various street artists showing tricks and acrobats performing stunts. There is also a music concert organised at Cortile dei Ciliegi adding more to the Christmas extravagance. You just can't afford to miss this one.

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5. Arco Christmas Market

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Duration: 16 November 2018 till 6th January 2019. 

Timing: 10 am to 8 pm (Closed on 25th Dec 2018 and 2nd January 2019)

So, after reading about above mentioned Christmas Markets, it is pretty sure, that all of them are high on food, wine, and crafts. But Arco Christmas Market has something very unique and enchanting! On December 8 this year, there is a firework display above the castle which will enhance the town's beauty.

6. Christmas Market in Piazza Navona

Christmas Market in Piazza Navona in ItalyImage Source: Wikimedia Commons

Duration: 8 December 2018 to 6 January 2019

Timing: 10 am to 1 am (weekdays) and 10am to 2am (weekends)

Located at the most famous and beautiful square of Rome, the Christmas Market in Piazza Navona has it all! There are restaurants, shops, bakeries and also street artists which keep the market bustling as ever. This christmas market is also a perfect place to take small strolls and click selfies near the Fountain of Four Rivers. With a lot of stalls selling candy floss, decorations and figurines, this one is the biggest Christmas Market in Rome.

7. Christmas Market in Piazza Santa Croce

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Duration: 30 November to 18 December 2018

Timing: 10am to 8pm

The capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, Florence also has a fair share of Christmas markets. The most prominent being the one in Piazza Santa Croce. Just like Nuremberg Christmas Market, this one also has a heavy German influence. An annual German market, the Christmas Market in Piazza Santa Croce is also one of the most ancient markets in Italy with a legacy of about 500 years.

8. Naples Christmas Market

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Duration: All year round (But try heading there in November end and before Christmas)

Timing: 10 am to 8 pm

The Naples Christmas Market has an exception! While the others mentioned above in the list are temporary markets, but the Naples Christmas Market is open all year round. Also, this one is permanently dedicated to the Christmas festivities. From nativity figures, candies, decorations to caricatures of your favorite celebrities, this market has it all!

9. Oh Bej! Oh Bej! Christmas Market:

Oh Bhej! Oh Bhej! Christmas Market in ItalyImage Source: Pixabay.com

Duration: December 7, 2018 to December 10, 2018

Timing: 10 am to 12 am

Want to shop your Christmas goodies from a place which is quieter and calmer when compared to the overrated Rome? Then head straightaway to the Milan Christmas Market! Apart from the oh-so popular Milan Fashion week, another event that can take away the cake from Rome, is Milan’s Christmas Market. From clothes to food and drinks, this market also witnesses some upbeat music with several bands playing on the streets, making it a sight, hard to miss!

10. Christmas Market in Piazza Sant Ambrogio

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Duration: 25 November 2018 to 10 January 2019

Timing: Varies

A Christmas market with a slight twist! Taking a cue from the Smart Market, the Christmas Market in Piazza Sant'ambrogio recycles and reuses all the exhibits which are up for sale. Hence, if you are a nature lover, then this environmental friendly market will surely treat you. Don’t forget to taste the delicious Panettone, Milan’s patent sweet bread.

11. Christmas Market in Lazzate

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Duration: December 2018

Timing: Varies

If you prefer food over people, then Christmas Market in Lazzate, a small town near Milan should be your top pick. The Christmas Market in Lazzate is most prominently known for the mouth watering and lip smacking delicacies. The festive season is on, so why not treat your taste buds with a tinge of sugar and spice?!

12. Venice Christmas Market

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Duration: Three weeks before Christmas to December 24, 2018

Timing: Varies

Lights, colour, aroma, music in the background and people all over! That’s how you define the Venice Christmas Market. There are carnival masks, jewellery, Christmas trees and authentic Venetian crafts on display. Also available for sale are the traditional plum cakes, olive oils, and gourmet products to bring out the foodie in you! This one, during the pre-Christmas period, is transformed into a Christmas Village and is filled with local as well as foreign exhibitors.

13. Christmas Market in Firenze Noel

Christmas Market in Firenze Noel, ItalyImage Source: Pixabay.com

Duration: 28 November - 20 December 2018

Timing: 10 am to 8 pm

How about indulging in some Christmas shopping by visiting an old station which gets transformed drastically and takes a form of a bustling and colourful market. Sounds exciting, right?! Well, then you should definitely visit this Christmas market in Firenze Novel in Florence for its unique yet fun location. You can buy products such as fruits, vegetables, sweets, clothes and even shoes and make your Christmas, an affair to remember!

14. Arti & Mestieri Expo

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Duration: 23 November - 25 November 2018

Timing: 10 am to 8 pm

This Expo is rich in local flavors and culture and is one of the most popular Christmas markets in Rome. Nativity figurines, foodstuffs, decorative stuff are in plenty here. There are about 300 stalls set up by local artisans and craftsmen which make the ambiance of the market, lively. 

Pick one of these amazing markets and shop your heart out. But during this process, make sure you have a lot of time as well as money.
Merry Christmas! 
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