2021 Pre-Christmas Florence Events for English-Speakers



St Mark’s English Church, via Maggio 16

St. Mark’s is preparing for the festive season by holding several events in the lead up to to Christmas, mostly involving club meetings and services within the church. The first major one open to the public in this holiday lead up is the wreath-making afternoon, which will have guests make their own wreaths while enjoying some holiday refreshments. The church suggests donating €10 per individual when participating in this activity, which will take place on Wednesday, December 8 at 2:30 pm. 

‘An Evening of Oratorios’ will take visitors through the opera journey led by Manson Gleizes, featuring works by Rossini, Debussy, Tippett and more. This concert will take place on December 10 at 7 pm, with a suggested donation of €15 per guest. On December 12, a Choral Eucharist will take place at 10:30 am. 

The British Institute of Florence Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9

Home to the largest English library in continental Europe, the British Institute of Florence is hosting a market on Friday, December 10 from 3 to 6 pm that sells books, handmade goods and vouchers for the library itself. A raffle will also be held that gives visitors a chance to win prizes such as wine and handmade crafts, with tickets costing €1 for a single or €5 for a bundle of six.

St. James American Church, via Rucellai 9

The Children’s Lending Library will be holding a Christmas party in the undercroft of St. James Episcopal Church, via Rucellai 9 on On December 11, from 4 to 6 pm.

Look forward to crafts, Christmas carols and as usual toys, books and DVDs on sale. There’ll be a letter box for letters to Santa and a visit from Old Saint Nick himself!  There will also be a lottery with lots of prizes for everyone.  The library will be open with book readings all through the party.

The party is for members only but families can sign up at the door.  Green Pass and masks are required.

The church is holding a holiday bake sale with many staple American treats after the 11 am service on December 12.  Donated desserts can be bought and packaged for each guest. These include chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, yogurt cookies, mini brownies and date nut bread and many more delectable desserts.

The St. James Thrift Shop will be also accessible on December 15 from 9:30 to 11:30 am, and will also host a raffle of quilted and embroidered goods.  Winners will be announced on December 19 after the conclusion of the 11 am service.  (nelson matos)