Design, craftsmanship, discovery, music: between Sunday Brunch and chic markets, here is an itinerary of Xmas events.
The Christmas lights are coloring the canals, the shop windows are sparkling, the presents are calling us. The Christmas spirit is lighting Venice up.
From Thursday 5 to Sunday 8th December
The majestic spaces of the Stuccatori Veneziani Union – Uni.S.Ve Laboratory – host the sixth edition of Ve.NICE STUFF, a cultural project where innovation and tradition dialogue inside design objects. We discover the value of the Italian artistic and craft heritage through the research for a contemporary, authentic and excellent design.
The project was born in 2014 within the walls of the Kanz Architetti studio, from an idea by Mauro Cazzaro and Antonella Maione to give voice and space to the creativity of designers and brands that interpret Venetian craft production with mastery and contemporary creativity.
Ve.Nice Stuff 2019 – 6th edition
The indipendent and sustainable design show
5 – 8 December
Dorsoduro 3077, Ponte dei Pugni
Fondamenta del Squero
Experience December at Combo
Combo is an open space in Venice that welcomes inhabitants and travelers of the world. You can dedicate your time to study, work or reading in the colorful spaces full of history of the former Convento dei Crociferi, with the All About Tea project (tea and herbal teas, sweet and savory, from December 15th every day from 4 to 6 pm), or with the Sunday Brunch every Sunday from 10am to 3pm, which also accompanies the following scheduled chic markets:
ComeNuova with its vintage proposals are coming back to Combo on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December.
For the weekend of 21 and 22 December the space is dedicated to local craftsmanship.
Winter Gift Market, from 10am to 7pm with music and brunch.
Sunday 15 and Sunday 22 December: Another awesome voyage – World selection
Saturday 21 December Grao DJ SET
Campo Combo, Dj set at the Flux Space, is on every Thursday:
5 December Grao
12 December Nicola Di Croce
19 December Calicantus
Back to the skating rink in Campo San Polo
What Christmas would it be without feeling on holiday in Campo San Polo? Again, this Winter from 7 December 2019 to 25 February 2020, it is possible to ice-skate in one of the most authentic and evocative Squares in Venice.
Campo San Polo, 7 December 2019 – 25 February 2020
One and a half hour shifts, every day, equipment rental available
from 11am to 7pm, Saturday until 9pm
On the ice it is mandatory the use of gloves.
Saturday 7 December at 2.30pm
For San Giovanni Evangelista: a walk through the streets of Venice
The high tide that hit Venice last 12 November 2019 caused a lot of damage. The whole community took part in solidarity contests to financially and morally support those who lost everything and needed help.
Venice tourist guides have chosen to organize an afternoon of guided tours to support the urgent restoration works of the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista for the damages cause by the water.
Tours offered with Venice tourist guides for Saturday 7 December:
1. “Il sestiere di Dorsoduro tra arti, mestieri e curiosità” with Annabianca Traversa
Meeting point Piazzale Roma (Calatrava Bridge)
2. “ll Ghetto ebraico e il sestiere di Cannaregio” with Giovanna Di Cataldo
Meeting point Santa Lucia Station (entrance)
3. “Venezia nella Letteratura” with Domenico Moramarco
Meeting point Stazione Santa Lucia Station (entrance)
4. “Scuola Grande di Santa Maria della Misericordia” with Ilaria Rizzardi
Meeting point Scuola Grande della Misericordia (entrance)
5. “Dorsoduro e la Basilica della Salute” with Antonella Bracco
Meeting point Basilica della Salute (entrance)
6. “Fuori dai sentieri battuti, San Trovaso e l’Accademia“, with Diane Figarella
Meeting point Basilica dei Frari (entrance)
7. “Venezia alle origini e il mercato di Rialto” with Donatella Gibbin
Meeting point Campo San Bortolo (Carlo Goldoni Statue)
8. “Il Sestiere di San Marco” with Elisabetta Ferrari
Meeting point San Zaccaria Church (entrance)
9. “La Musica a Venezia e i luoghi di Antonio Vivaldi” with Mauro Masiero
Meeting point San Marco Suqare (San Marco Lion’s column).
All the tour guides will start at 2.30 pm.
To participate send an email to the address email@example.com with the number of the chosen tour and the number of participants or on the Facebook page Tra le calli di Venezia per la Scuola Grande San Giovanni.
Participation is free. We invite you to contribute with an offer to the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni, to be paid directly at the Scuola Grande, where all the tours end, or by bank transfer to:
Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista di Venezia
IBAN: IT 56 H030 6909 6061 0000 0013 320
SWIFT (BIC): BCITITMM
Banca Intesa San Paolo
Causale: 7-12 acqua alta
Saturday 7 December 2019 – 5 pm
Asolo Musica a San Giorgio
Lo Squero Auditorium
Music on the water ends with the last event of 2019 organized by Asolo Musica on the island of San Giorgio. The space is the most evocative music room in the city: a boatyard facing the lagoon.
Guests of the evening:
Mario Brunello, cello
Francesco Galligioni, cello
Ivano Zanenghi, lute
Roberto Loreggian, harpsichord
Giuseppe Tartini and his time
Auditorium Lo Squero, Giorgio Cini Foundation San Giorgio Maggiore.
Children Christmas events in Venice
Also, for the month of December the Venetian museums open the doors to young visitors with creative workshops, studied itineraries and games. The Civic Museums Foundation of Venice with families at the museum offers A weekend for Venice, two days of activities focused on our City, designed to understand it, love it and respect it by becoming active and aware citizens.
Saturday 7 December 2019 at 14.30
How does Venice work?
Museum of Ca ’Rezzonico
How do houses and buildings stand on water? Why is there a well in every court and square? Why do chimneys have bizarre shapes? These and many other questions will be answered.
Sunday 8 December 2019 at 2.30pm
Ghebi, sand and masenete
Museum of Natural History of Venice Giancarlo Ligabue
A large puzzle to be built, modeling sand, animal and plant specimens, microscope observations and other experiments will allow us to understand how rivers and sea currents have modified our countryside forming the Venice lagoon, an extraordinary “transit area” between the land and the sea. The initiative realized thanks to the contribution of the European project: Life Lagoon Refresh, is part of a series of laboratories designed to raise awareness among children, with practical and fun activities, to respect the environment and the lagoon area, where Venice has built its own identity.
Saturday December 14th 2019 at 2.30pm
WAITING FOR THE HOLIDAYS – Christmas Pop-Up!
Museum of Ca ’Rezzonico
Get into the Christmas spirit for an afternoon where creativity will be stimulated with the creation of 3D objects and decorations for the holidays, in the company of a great artist who will work with us. In the end, we’ll party all together!
MUVE’s special events
In addition to the many always available activities, on request and in multiple languages, on any day and time of opening, the MUVE will offer free family activities every month in a different museum. For each scheduled activity, the reservation opens on the Monday before the scheduled date and closes at 2pm on the following Friday.
Palazzo Grassi is taking us to Christmas with the following events:
Tuesday 10 December at 6pm
Palazzo Grassi Little Theatre
Tuesday 10 the appointment with the House of Words returns. Every month a thematic selection of texts from countries around the world is read in the original language followed by the Italian translation.
Palazzo Grassi Little Theatre, Tuesday 10 December at 6 pm
Wednesday 18 December 2019 at 6 pm
Atelier des artistes en exil
Palazzo Grassi Little Theatre
After the Refugees Welcome Italia of the last spring, the second appointment is with Atelier des artistes en exil, an association based in Paris that helps artists in exile by providing production spaces and encouraging the meeting of sector professionals, to support artists refugees to dedicate time to their artistic disciplines and integrate into their hosting country.
On Wednesday, December 18, Judith Depaule, director of the association, and Shaul Bassi, of the International Center for the Humanities and Social Change of the Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice, will meet three of the artists participating in the association:
Kubra Khademi, an Afghan feminist artist, presents her performance
Mohammad Hijazi, a Syrian video maker, presents three animated short films
Aida Nosrat, singer and violinist from Iran, presents a performance of singing and violin
At the end of the meeting Palazzo Grassi will offer an aperitif by the Orient Experience Venice.
Photos are by Roberto Rosa @r2photo, Marta Formentello @itsmartaeffe, Settimo Cannatella @seventhsoul, Riccardo Rizzetto @riccardorizz for Venezia da Vivere.