Venice New Year’s Eve 2024 – Insider Tips & Activities
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Venice New Year’s Eve 2024 – Insider Tips & Activities

picture of fireworks over canal of venice on new years eve

Are you looking for a guide to New Year’s Eve in Venice? Then I got you covered!

For me, there is no more romantic and beautiful place in the world than Venice. The charming and mystical city on the canals is not only a great spot to visit for summer but also an amazing choice for New Year’s Eve.

Spending New Year’s Eve in Venice does not only guarantee you spectacular fireworks but also a really special place to explore the days before and after.

From gala dinners to fireworks to a New Year’s dive – there is something to do for everyone looking to spend New Year’s Eve in Venice. The sheer endless options of things to do in Venice on New Year’s Eve make it hard to choose.

Luckily, I have spent my first New Year’s Eve together with my wife in Venice, and we have found the most amazing spot to see the fireworks from – totally in private and away from the masses!

Let’s get to it!

Table of Contents

  • Venice New Year’s Eve – Planning Resources
  • What to Do in Venice for New Year’s Eve
    • 1. Have a Gala Dinner on New Year’s Eve

    • 2. Party the Night Away on Piazza San Marco
    • 3. Watch the Fireworks from Your Hotel Balcony
    • 4. Take a Midnight Gondola Ride
    • 5. Go to a New Year’s Eve Concert at La Fenice
  • Other Things to Do in Venice
    • Visit Murano and Burano

    • Go Sightseeing in the Historical City Center & Explore Hidden Alleys
    • St. Mark’s Basilica and Piazza
    • Try Venetian Cicchetti
    • Climb Up The Campanile di San Giorgio Maggiore
    • Take a Cooking Class
  • How to Get Around Venice
  • Where to Stay in Venice for New Year’s Eve
  • Is Venice Safe on New Year’s Eve?
  • Is Venice Expensive for New Year’s Eve?
  • Weather in Venice in Winter
    • Temperature

    • Rainfall
    • Fog and Acqua Alta
  • Conclusion: Venice New Year’s Eve
  • FAQ: New Year’s Eve Venice
  • About the Author

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venice italy at night
VENICE BASIC FACTS
✈️ Airport: Venice Marco Polo
💶 Currency: EURO
⏱ Time Zone: GMT +2
💡 Voltage: 220 V

Venice New Year’s Eve – Planning Resources

Tours and Excursions: Viator, GetYourGuide

Luxury Hotel: Baglioni Hotel Luna 5*

Hotel With View of Fireworks: Hotel Villa Laguna 4*

What to Do in Venice for New Year’s Eve

1. Have a Gala Dinner on New Year’s Eve

Before dancing the night away on St. Mark’s Square, you will want to enjoy a traditional Venetian gala dinner with live music on the last evening of the year.

A great idea is to have a fancy dinner combined with a show or concert.

Keep in mind that you need to make reservations way early, otherwise everything will be fully booked. Most places are either booked out or closed, as we found out (since we had no reservation).

Many of the nicer restaurants offer amazing gala dinners on New Year’s Eve, which makes for a really special experience. Check their website or ask your hotel for details.

fine dining

2. Party the Night Away on Piazza San Marco

At midnight on New Year’s Eve, stunning fireworks are set up on the San Marco Square.

Before the impressive fireworks, there is a big party going on all around the stunning square. Everyone is in a festive mood, and a big stage hosts different singers and artists. The party starts around 10:30 pm.

A great place to watch is the Riva Degli Schiavoni.

At midnight, you have to kiss your love and watch the fireworks! Make sure to listen to the bells on the Campanile ring. Of course, you need to have a midnight toast with a glass of Champagne.

Both of these traditions are supposed to bring you good luck for the next year. The fireworks are incredibly stunning, I think the most beautiful I have seen so far.

This display is almost as iconic as New Year’s Eve in New York when the ball drops on Times Square.

picture of fireworks over canal of venice on new years eve

3. Watch the Fireworks from Your Hotel Balcony

Instead of the party, we opted to watch the fireworks from our cozy suite at the Lido di Venezia. If you have a hotel with a view over the lagoon, this is a great option instead of standing in the cold.

We had an amazing view of the lagoon and the fireworks and we shared a bottle of fine champagne together in quiet.

Since it can also be pretty cold outside – I can wholeheartedly recommend this option.

We shared such a special moment away from the crowds, and that made the experience even better.

The Lido the Venezia is definitely the best spot to see the fireworks without any crowds! The 5-star Hotel Palazzetto Pisani also offers great views.

4. Take a Midnight Gondola Ride

Another fun New Year’s Eve tradition in Venice is a midnight gondola ride.

Any vacation in Venice would not be complete without a gondola ride. You can tour the city at night after the fireworks on a romantic gondola, just the two of you!

Make sure to dress warmly, as it can get pretty cold at night in January.

midnight gondola ride in venice with people sitting in a black gondola

5. Go to a New Year’s Eve Concert at La Fenice

In the heart of Venice, you can find the renowned La Fenice Theater.

This hidden gem of a venue is the place to be for theater enthusiasts in Venice. And on New Year’s Eve, it is an amazing spot to see a performance in a historical setting.

The theater’s name, “La Fenice,” translates to “The Phoenix” in English, a symbol of resilience and rebirth. And just like its namesake, this theater has risen from the ashes not once, but twice, following fires in 1836 and 1996.

This world-renowned opera house hosts the “Concerto di Capodanno” each year a few days before New Year’s Eve until January of the next year.

Tickets are pretty expensive, as this is the highlight of the Venetian high society calendar.

An alternative is seeing a theater at the Scuola Grande di San Teodoro.

Other Things to Do in Venice

Visit Murano and Burano

On the last day of the old year, we decided to have a look at the other two small islands close by Venice: Murano and Burano.

Murano is a cute little island with colorful houses that is famous for its glass-blowing production. You surely have heard of the beautiful famous Murano glass before!

Burano is a little smaller than Murano but equally picturesque. On the small island, you can witness its historical lace production as well as its colorful houses!

Take a ferry or book a day trip to see both islands in one day. You can have a nice stroll around the calm places and enjoy the last day of the old year!

We absolutely loved the experience! New Year’s Eve in Venice would not be complete without seeing the colorful little islands.

I definitely recommend booking a guided tour in this case. The tours are super cheap and more comfortable.

We took the ferry since we like to move on our own schedule. However, the ferries were so busy in the evening that it took us hours to get home (we almost missed our New Year’s Eve Dinner)

Go Sightseeing in the Historical City Center & Explore Hidden Alleys

We spent the first day of the new year lazily strolling around the city and exploring cute small alleys. A scenic walk is a great way to enjoy the city and all the sights.

We strolled towards the Rialto bridge, passed the Doge’s Palace, and walked over the Bridge of Sighs.

Venice is a relatively small city, so you can definitely explore all the important sights by foot. It also does not matter so much where you go, it will always be beautiful and there is always so much to explore.

You can find art and culture at every corner of the city of Venice. There are amazing museums, such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection or the Doge’s Palace to explore.

Make sure to book your tickets for any tourist attraction in advance, since this is a very busy time of the year.

If you need some guidance, I can recommend the following Venice Walking Tours:

  • Venice Sightseeing Walking Tour With a Local
  • Unusual Venice Walking Tour
  • Morning Walking Tour of Venice with Mini Cruise
Gondolas in Venice with beautiful sunset at New Year's eve

St. Mark’s Basilica and Piazza

Begin your Venetian New Year’s Day in the iconic St. Mark’s Square.

You can marvel at the beautiful architecture of St. Mark’s Basilica. It is a stunning example of Byzantine art.

The piazza itself is a bustling hub. It is surrounded by cafes and shops and offers a unique blend of history and people-watching.

You can buy souvenirs there or have a drink in the most famous cafe in Venice: Caffé Florian.

san marco square in venice during sunset in orange light

Try Venetian Cicchetti

Indulge in an authentic Venetian experience to start off the new year.

You have to try sampling cicchetti – small, flavorful snacks – in local bacari (wine bars).

Pair them with a glass of regional wine for a true taste of Venice – my favorite is the Valpolicella.

They offer great to Cichetti tours around the city that will leave no one wanting for more:

  • Venice Street Food and Cicchetti Tour
  • Venice: Traditional Cafés and Pastries

Climb Up The Campanile di San Giorgio Maggiore

If you love amazing views as much as I do – this activity is a must on your Venice trip.

Enjoy breathtaking views of Venice from the Campanile (bell tower) of San Giorgio Maggiore.

The panorama view includes the city’s rooftops, canals, and shimmering waters – all things that make Venice so famous.

campanile of venice with picture of the lagoon in front

Take a Cooking Class

I always try to start the New Year with some good resolutions. One of them is usually food-related.

For this reason, I love taking cooking classes on my trips. So what better way to start the New Year by taking a class to learn how to prepare authentic Italian food?

Here are my favorite cooking classes in Venice:

  • Small group Pasta & Tiramisu Class
  • Market Tour & Cooking Class (with a local)
  • Rialto Market Tour, Wine Tasting & Cooking Class

How to Get Around Venice

Planning how to get to Venice is probably the trickiest part of your journey.

Since the entire city is basically built on water, there are not that many streets to drive on. Outside of the inner city, there are some parking garages, but they are extremely costly.

Unless you are planning on staying at the Lido di Venezia (which can be reached by a car ferry), I do not recommend arriving by car.

Venice can be easily reached by train, which takes you directly to the Santa Lucia train station in the heart of Venice.

Your other option is to go by plane, via the airport Venice Marco Polo.

You will most likely have to take a water taxi or a Vaporetto (water ferry) to your final destination. Water ferries are a cheap and easy way to go places. You can find water bus stations on all the canals in Venice (see picture below)

If your accommodation is far off the beaten track, I recommend the water taxi, since it can be hard to reach it with suitcases otherwise.

water taxi station in venice on a canal with colorful buildings

Where to Stay in Venice for New Year’s Eve

Author’s Choice

Venice hotel room view from the window of the lagoon with stunning clear blue water

Hotel Villa Laguna
  • 4 **** Hotel
  • Charming Rooms & Suites
  • Delicious Breakfast
  • Stunning View over Lagoon & Fireworks
  • Parking
  • Bar

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Year-round, I would probably prefer to stay somewhere in the inner city of Venice. This way you can explore it easily without being bound to the water taxis.

Especially during New Year’s Eve, staying on the Lido di Venezia is your best option. You can avoid crowds and have a better experience, so I would wholeheartedly recommend that.

The Lido is a small island a couple of minutes with public transport away from the main island. You can reach it with water ferries and water taxis.

Pro Tip: Booking a hotel on the side of the Lido, which is facing the city, will give you the most amazing view of the fireworks on the San Marco square.

And you can see it all from your balcony or bed. Order a bottle of champagne and enjoy the experience without any of the crowds!

As for the perfect hotel to stay in, I have the most amazing recommendation that is very near and dear to my heart. My husband booked this hotel as a surprise for me on our first-ever vacation together. It was absolutely perfect for a magical New Year’s Eve in Venice.

The Hotel Villa Laguna on the Lido is an exclusive 4-star hotel, with only 19 suites overlooking the lagoon of Venice. The suites are charming and the decor of the hotel is cozy yet stylish.

They offer an amazing breakfast buffet in a nice room overlooking the lagoon. Plus, they had all kinds of sweet Christmas decorations up, which made the place even more charming!

View from Hotel Villa Laguna in Venice

Is Venice Safe on New Year’s Eve?

Yes, Venice is definitely a safe place to travel to!

I have been multiple times and I have never felt unsafe, not even at night. Crime rates are very low and the biggest danger is probably falling in the water!

Keep in mind that there is a lot more drinking on New Year’s Eve, so people might be a bit rowdy. But Venetian police are usually doing a good job of keeping everyone safe.

Do I need Travel Insurance for Venice? Yes, it is very helpful to have travel insurance in Venice. EKTA offers great insurance packages that work worldwide, without hassle and at no hidden cost.

Is Venice Expensive for New Year’s Eve?

Yes, Venice is also quite expensive around New Year’s Eve.

However, the experience is absolutely beautiful and in my opinion worth it! Flights, accommodations, and food will probably be your biggest expenses.

If you do follow my advice of staying on the Lido, you can cut some costs there.

Also skipping out on the Gala Dinner might save you some bucks.

The fireworks are for free, and so is most of the exploring around town.

picture of the author in venice overlooking the canals

Weather in Venice in Winter

Temperature

The average high temperatures during winter range from around 6 to 8°C (42 to 46°F). The average lows are usually between 0 to 3°C (32 to 37°F).

Sometimes temperatures drop below freezing, especially during cold spells. Make sure to check the weather forecast before packing.

Rainfall

Winter is the wettest season in Venice. You can expect a large amount of rainfall.

There are frequent rain showers and many cloudy days. But don’t let your spirit be dampened by it – the rainfall and the clouds add to the city’s gloomy charm.

Bring your umbrella and you will be more than fine.

Fog and Acqua Alta

Venice is famous for its fog during the winter months. While the fog can be a bit annoying, it definitely adds to Venice’s charm.

Venice is also known for its occasional “acqua alta” events. It means that parts of the city are flooded. These are pretty common during the winter months.

Especially St. Mark’s Square and other low-lying areas are particularly vulnerable to flooding.

But Venice is handling these events with ease, building catwalks to protect people from the floods. You might want to buy a pair of cute pink Wellington boots. At least I thought it was fun.

people standin in front of doges palace in high water with umbrellas

Conclusion: Venice New Year’s Eve

To sum it all up, Venice is an amazing choice for New Year’s Eve.

The fancy hotels and restaurants in the city offer gala dinners, shows, and private festivities for the last day of the year.

You can ring in the new year in style, with a glass of Champagne on the San Marco Piazzo under the fireworks, followed by a midnight gondola ride.

Venice is definitely worth it for New Year’s Eve. And if you are a bit longer in the area, why not make it a whole Northern Italy Road Trip?

If you are craving a warmer NYE, check out the best Caribbean islands to visit in December.

FAQ: New Year’s Eve Venice

Where should I go for New Year’s Eve in Venice?

For a memorable New Year’s Eve in Venice, head to St. Mark’s Square. Join the festive atmosphere, watch the fireworks over the lagoon, and enjoy live music. Remember to book in advance if you plan to dine at a local restaurant for a delightful culinary experience.

What is Venice like on New Year’s Eve?

Venice is simply magical on New Year’s Eve. The fireworks light up the charming city and the impressive canals. The city gets an amazingly festive atmosphere, with live music and cheerful crowds.

How do you spend New Year’s Eve in Venice?

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Venice by enjoying a magical gondola ride along the canals, followed by a stroll through St. Mark’s Square to witness the countdown and fireworks. Indulge in a special dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy yourself in the city’s enchanting atmosphere.

Where can I watch the NYE fireworks in Venice?

To catch New Year’s Eve fireworks in Venice, head to St. Mark’s Square or the Riva degli Schiavoni waterfront. Both spots offer fantastic views of the dazzling fireworks display over the Venetian lagoon, creating a memorable way to ring in the new year.

Is everything open in Venice in December?

In December, Venice experiences slightly reduced tourist activity, so while most attractions and services remain open, some shops, restaurants, and smaller businesses might have adjusted hours or closures. Major tourist sites usually operate, but it’s recommended to check in advance and plan accordingly, as the holiday season can bring variations in schedules.

About the Author

Justin is a military pilot and travel blogger. Due to his job, he splits his time between the US, Curacao, and Europe.

Justin enjoys discovering the world together with his wife and venturing out with his drone to take magical shots.

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