When I first wrote about Verona, I spoke about my adventure in this beautiful city but what I didn’t talk about were the Christmas markets I got to enjoy on my trip. I’ve been to Italy more than once during the holidays, which allowed me to visit several Christmas markets in different cities. Italy is magical during the holiday season for several reasons – beautiful architecture lit up with sparkling lights, landmarks surrounded by festive decorations, and much more. Even the markets in Verona, Italy, a city known for Juliet’s House and romance, take on a spectacularly festive glow. Throughout Italy, several charming Christmas markets make this joyful time of year even more magical.
From brightly lit Christmas trees in the plaza center to booths full of artisan goods and seasonal desserts, here are a few festive Italian Christmas markets in Verona and more.
Christmas Markets in Verona, Italy
Christmas Market in Piazza Dei Signori Verona
Dates: November 10th – December 26th
If you happen to be in Verona during the holidays, do not miss out on the Christmas Market in the Piazza Dei Signori Verona. Here you will find all sorts of goods, especially some Italian goods such as Pandoro, which is a Christmas cake, and more.
Christmas markets are usually pet friendly, and this one is as well, but it’s recommended not to take your pet when it’s congested with people. Aside from the Christmas Market, there is also the Star Sculpture in Piazza Bra and plenty of different events, such as Christmas concerts, Christmas runs, and many more events.
Christmas Markets in Milan
Mercatino Di Natale Al Duomo Di Milano
Dates: December 1st – January 6th
One of the largest Christmas markets in the city, the Mercatino Di Natale Al Duomo is a magical market with more than 60 chalets. This Christmas market is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. which is perfect for anyone wanting to go during the day instead of night. They also sell traditional goods and handcrafted items.
Oh Bej! Oh Bej!
Dates: December 27th – December 10th
This Christmas market attracts millions of tourists every year due to being one of the oldest and most important markets in Milan. Here you will find traditional products, Christmas decorations, and treats. It is located in Sforza Castle Piazza Castello.
Villaggio Delle Meraviglie Winter Wonderland
Dates: November 18th – January 7th
This is much more than just a Christmas market, the Villaggio Delle Meraviglie Winter Wonderland has rides, Santa visits, and a skating rink. The Indro Montanelli Gardens transforms into this magnificent Wonderland giving visitors a magical Christmas.
Christmas Markets in Rome
Dates: December 1st – January 6th
If you’re looking for a good Christmas market in Rome with some holiday activities, then check out Piazza Navona Christmas Market. Aside from all the traditional goods sold at the booths, you’ll find holiday rides, live entertainment, and a gorgeous backdrop for your photos.
Christmas World in Borghese Gardens
Dates: December 1st – January 8th
Christmas World may not be free like most Christmas Markets, but this enchanting place is full of holiday cheer with live performances, parades, an ice rink, a merry-go-round, and more. You’ll definitely spend more than an hour at Christmas World, but you’ll also get the most of the holidays in Italy.
Christmas Markets in Bolzano
Bolzano Christmas Market
Dates: November 24th – January 6th
If you find yourself in Bolzano, then you must check out the Christmas Market in Bolzano. This breathtaking Christmas Market has quite a lot to offer, with over 70 chalets selling local goods. It’s also great if you’d like to try some delicious snacks.