Feast, Drink and Dance your way to the New Year in Venice, Italy
by Sophie on Nov 24, 2016
On any given day, Italians turn meals into mini-celebrations or fiestas. During special occasions, they really turn things up. If you want an unforgettable new year start, do it in Italy; New Year in Venice is full of magic and splendour with fireworks lighting up the Grand Canal. Venice holidays in December are marked with a lot of festive events. As you wait to countdown to the first day of the year, shop for gifts like the world-renowned Venetian hand-blown glass ornaments, lace decorations and masks at Campo San Polo and Santo Stefano markets. Food is a major part of festive celebrations. On Christmas Eve or “la vigilia“, Venetians celebrate with a four-course fish dinner before attending midnight mass at St. Mark’s Basilica. Christmas Day is ushered in with bells ringing from the church tower with festivities culminating in a day feast with friends and family and gift-opening.
Christmas Day festivities continue into Boxing Day or Santo Stefano. One way to celebrate is with a free concert at the Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari Church. The festive spirit prevails as the New Year approaches, reaching a peak on New Year’s Eve which typically starts with an elaborate feast that goes on before midnight when a grand fireworks display begins at St. Mark’s Square. Indulge in a spectacular New Year’s Eve setting on the terraces of Hotel Danieli, The Gritti Palace and The Westin Europa & Regina. Just be sure to make dinner reservations well in advance. Other activities of the day are music played by live DJs, band performances and masquerade parties with those famous Venetian masks. You can also take in an opera performance at the La Fenice Theatre. If you can brave it, participate in the Venetian tradition of a very cold swim in the Lido to get your year off to an invigorating start!
See you and Happy New Year!
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