Prepare your Christmas tree thinking of Venice
Christmas preparations have also begun in Venice, more or less all around the city. The excitement is in St Mark's Square where, after five years, Christmas will be more traditional than the cascades of light by artist Fabrizio Plessi. A real tree made of leaves and bark will be set from 4 December 2021 in the square in front of the Doge's Palace facing St Mark's Basin, celebrating the city's 1600th birthday with lots of red balls and a shining star at the top.

The Christmas shopping axes in the districts of Santa Croce, Cannaregio, San Polo, Dorsoduro, San Marco and Castello and on the islands have already been illuminated for the festive season (who knows what the Murano glass tree will look like?), but even if you walk through the narrower streets and less crowded campielli you can see splendid decorations and festive items on the windows or in the displays of old shops, as well as the inevitable small and large Christmas trees.

From the most traditional, elegant and splendid to the most minimalist, creative and eco-sustainable: each with its own characteristics and style. And how will you decorate your Christmas tree this year? In what spirit are you approaching this festive season?

Here at Venice Original we invite you to choose your decorations with Venice in mind, to celebrate the beauty of Venice wherever you decide to spend the festivities, supporting the Venetian craftsmen who, with their creativity and technique, create splendid objects even at Christmas.

You can buy a zen tree made by master remer Saverio Pastor with pre-cut and wax-finished walnut leaf blisters, which helps to preserve the tradition of ancient Venetian boats. If you love wood but prefer something more colourful, here is Mr Blum's poplar tree, hand-cut by electric drill and painted with non-toxic colours.

Beautiful colours also for the set of hand-blown Christmas balls by master glassmaker Ivano Campagnol, who experiments with new production techniques in his small furnace in Murano with world-famous artists and designers.

If you prefer not to use glass, opt for Adriano Barbieri's Christmas balls covered with precious fabric inserts: from his bookshop in Giudecca, the fabrics also cover frames, notebooks, diaries and photo albums, often reaching many corners of the world.  

As we prepare for the festivities in the lagoon, select what you really wish to have with you or buy as a gift this year, with a thought for the artisans of this unique city!
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