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Christmas Day in Venice this year, Looking for Recommendations for

We will be in Venice the 24-27th and know that a lot may be closed. Looking for recommendations for restaurants and things to do.
Merry Christmas!

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Ask your hotel for help as far as what restaurants are open. Ask them to make a reservation for you. Also GOOGLE for info on what is open.

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Hey Elizabeth,

There will be plenty of things to do in Venice from Dec 24th and Dec 27th. Restaurants will be open, as will various cafes and bars and the odd gelato shop. Of course, not ALL of them will be open as some proprietors decide to close for the holiday but there will be plenty of options from 5 star hotels to cheap and cheerful pasta in a basket $15 a plate establishments. The food supermarkets will be closed on 25/26 Dec, as will other retail shops. Venice will be quieter and perfect for strolling the narrow streets and admiring the centuries old architecture during that time.

Vaporetto boats run all day and buses and taxi services run from the Airport as normal (albeit on a slightly reduced timetable).

Here are a few links provided to guide you on activities going on in Venice during Christmas.

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We were in Venice Dec 24-26 many years ago. We wanted to ride in a gondola before going to St. Marks for a vespers concert. We got lucky and found one gondola operating. We didn’t see another gondola the whole time, even on the grand canal. We felt like celebrities, with everyone taking pictures of us. The vespers concert was beautiful. Shops will probably close early on the 24th. At midnight, the churches ring their bells.

On Christmas, we went to Murano. Most shops were closed, but we found a couple that were open. This might be a good day to take the trip to Murano and Burano and just explore.

I agree that your hotel is probably your best resource for restaurants that will be open. We just returned from France and Spain and found many restaurants closed during hours that were listed as “open” on their website or TripAdvisor. Many restaurants were closed for the season.