Things to do in Venice

Visiting Venice in December – The definitive guide

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With its iconic winding canals and picturesque architecture, it is no surprise that Venice is on the bucket list of many travelers, from around the world. An art hub of its time, Venice’s lavish past is still reflected in its narrow cobbled-stone streets and marbled churches. However, it is also the elaborate Venetian cuisine that brings several together from across the globe for a taste of its local spread. Here's (mostly) everything that you should expect from Venice in December.

What makes Venice in December special?

Venice in November

While Venice in December can be intimidating to consider, it can make up for a relaxing holiday with little to no crowd during the festive season. With the luxury hotels lowering their bar to accommodate the low-season crowd, a trip to Venice in December becomes a budgeted affair for those looking to travel comfortably. This month of the year is an ideal time for those looking to spend some tranquil, romantic time by the canals. However, despite the cold, locals in Venice enjoy ice-skating at one of its biggest rinks at Campo San Polo — the city’s largest square. December also makes for a great time to enjoy a hot cup of cocoa at one of the city’s numerous outdoor cafes. With places like Caffè Florian serving up its signature piping hot chocolate, there's plenty to do to make the most of the chilly season in the city of canals.

Venice in December: Weather

Venice in December is marked by chilly temperatures and moderate rainfall, with heavy fog. Expect an average high of 7°C and lows of 0°C throughout the month. December in Venice sees about 8 hours of daily sunshine and an average of 54mm rain over 10 days in the month. Don't forget your gumboots!

Venice in November - weather

Venice in December: Things to do


Doge’s Palace

Venice in November - doge's palace

With a poignant past, Doge’s Palace of Prisoners was built between the 10th and 11th centuries, and is considered to be one of the biggest Venetian masterpieces ever made. Today, the palace offers a museum with special tours of the various artefacts that are housed within its premises.

December Timings
Daily 9 AM to 6 PM


Piazza San Marco, 1, 30124 Venezia VE,
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St. Mark’s Basilica

Venice in November - St. Mark's Basilica

One of the most notable churches of Venice, St. Mark’s Basilica had a difficult past and was rebuilt in 1063 after being burned down during an uprising. Its ornate exteriors draw crowds from around the world. Basilica San Marco also houses the relics of the apostle Saint Mark, and the Pala d'Oro, a golden altarpiece decorated with jewels.

December Timings
Daily 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM


Merceria Orologio, 30124 Venezia VE,
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Jewish Museum

Venice in November - Jewish Museum

A unique museum dedicated solely to the Jewish community, this museum is located in the first ghetto of Europe. The museum houses valuable artefacts, sacred furnishings, silverware of several types and also wedding contracts, apart from regular Jewish ritual objects. The museum is dedicated to the history and culture of Jews in Venice.

December Timings
10 AM to 8:00 PM.


Campo di Ghetto Nuovo, 2902/b, 30121 Venezia,
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Teatro La Fenice

Venice in November - Teatro La Fenice

Built in 1792, La Fenice is best known for staging various famous operas throughout the year. Today, it is not just considered as an iconic landmark, but is also remembered for its dark past where it was burned down in 1996. The theatre is named after ‘Phoenix’, after rising from the ashes.

December Timings
Daily, 9:30 AM – 11:00 PM
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Piazza San Marco, 1965 30124 Venezia VE
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Gondola Tour

Venice in November - Gondola Ride

Gondola tour is perhaps the most sought-after experience in Venice. A romantic ride across the canals has been a bucket-list experience for many tourists from around the world. A regular gondola ride which costs anywhere between €80 to €100 is also the best way to get around the city.

December Timings
9:00 am to 9:00 pm


30100 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice,
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Leonardo da Vinci Museum

Venice in December - Da Vinci Museum

Dedicated to the artistic genius, Leonardo da Vinci Museum allows visitors to experience some of his greatest artworks up close. The museum has six exhibition rooms and four sections, including — earth, wind, fire, water — that will acquaint you with some of his greatest engineering projects.

December Timings
Daily, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM


Scoletta – Complesso Monumentale, Campo San Rocco, 3052, 30125 Venezia VE,
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Hard Rock Cafe & Optional Boat Tour

Venice in November - Hard rock Cafe

A combo that allows you to skip the exhausting queues, seat yourself at the iconic Hard Rock Cafe located in the heart of the city. Move on to a romantic boat tour that you can choose to take after your day has ended. Enjoy a romantic night sky during your boat tour across the canals.

December Timings
Daily, 11:00 AM – 11:30 PM


Bacino Orseolo, 30100 Venice,
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Venice Craftsmenship Tour

Venice in November

Apart from its canals, Venice is also known for its intricate craftsmanship — some of which includes the making of jewellery, carnival masks and glass, amongst others. Take an elaborate look into this side of Venice and avail yourself a chance to see how its rich culture is created.

December Timings
Daily 11 AM


Venice Tours Office, San Marco 1130 , Venezia
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Venice in December: Events to look out for

Venice in December

Venice Christmas Market

21 November 2023 to 7 January 2024
Christmas celebrations in Venice bring out its pop-up markets and decorated gondolas. Ths year Campo Santo Stefano will be transformed into a christmas village with more than 30 wooden chalets and beautiful christmas lighting. It has a lot to offer including traditional Christmas delicacies and handmade items as well as souvenirs.

Venice in December

New Year’s Day on Lido Beach

December 31, 2023
Join a spectacular New Year's Eve celebration at the Lido Beach in Venice. With onlookers from around the world gathered for a night of great fun by the icy waters, this celebration is an experience to remember with sumptuous wine and dine along with some Viennese waltz.

Venice in December: 3-day itinerary

Venice in December: Seasonal delicacies

Venice in November - what to eat
Sarde in Saor

A favourite of many, Sarde in Saor is made using fried sardine fillets that are marinated with vinegar, pine nuts, raisins as well as onions. This delectable sweet and sour dish is paired well with white wine and is commonly available across the city. Make sure you grab a bite at Trattoria da Gigio.

Venice in November - what to eat
Venetian Risotto

The risotto is a classic, and there’s no reason why you should miss out on trying the creamy, rice preparation which is a staple in the city. What makes the Venetian risotto special is its versatility and that it could be paired with vegetables, meat or cheese. Head to Vini Da Gigio to satiate your hunger pangs for this sumptuous dish.

Venice in November - what to eat

Being a port city, Venice has access to some of the most delicious seafood in the world. One such seasonal delicacy is Mołéche small, green crabs, that are served with fried dishes or salads. These soft-shelled crabs are dipped in beaten egg and fried golden brown before they are enjoyed with a squeeze of lemon. Try them at Corte Sconta!

Venice in November - what to eat

Baicoli’s history takes us back to the time when sailors used to carry it as long-lasting, ship-food during their voyage. Today, it is enjoyed not only as a tea-time snack, but also with dessert wines and cream by the side. Although available in almost any cafe, get one for yourself at Impronta Restaurant Cafe..

Venice in November - what to eat

A walk around the city during the carnevale, you’re bound to come across fritole, a small pastry fritter made using flour, eggs, milk, pine nuts and butter. Traditionally prepared to be eaten as a part of the festivities before Lent, these balls are deep fried and dusted with sugar. Sweet lovers can grab some frijole at Terr Razza Danieli.

Venice in December: Essentials




Time zoneGMT+2


Country Code+39


Socket Type C, F and L


CurrencyEuro (€)

Venice accommodation in December

Venice offers plenty of choices when it comes to accommodation. Here are our picks for accommodation catering to different budgets:

What to pack for visiting Venice in December?

Venice in December can be chilly, but one can also expect rainfall at the same time. Therefore, make sure to pack at least two to three heavy clothes apart from your regular ones. Double it up with a warm hat, scarves, or woollen socks to keep yourself warm. Carrying an umbrella or rainy boots is also a good idea. It is recommended to carry footwear that is not easily damaged by water, as Venice has to battle with wet streets in December.

Getting around

  • Vaporetto: A vaporetto, or waterbus, runs throughout the day in Venice. The waterbus can be expected every ten minutes, and the services are extended upto the islands of Murano, Burano, and Lido. The price for a single ticket is 7,50€.
  • Water taxi: While using a water taxi can be an expensive affair, it is an effective mode of transport for those tourists who are looking for a more recluse environment during their travel. Priced between 100€ to 130€, the taxi can accommodate four people aboard its luxury boats.
  • Gondola: Gondola tours across the city are available at all time. These rides last for 30 minutes and cost 80€ per boat. Choosing a gondola is the best way to go about admiring the beautiful cityscape of Venice.

Venice in December: Visiting tips

  • It is a good idea to book your air-tickets in advance to avail cheaper fares during the low season.
  • Keep in mind that Venice goes through Acqua Alta (high tide) at every possible hour, make sure you carry water-resilient footwear.
  • It is recommended to move around using a vaporetto (Water bus) instead of a taxi, as Venice has an excellent and economic public transport system otherwise.
  • Locals in Venice follow the rules (such as walking on the right side), so make sure you respect the same as well.
  • Do not swim/wade in the canals, as the water can be unsafe to ingest.

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