Here are the festivals and events that happen each January in Venice. For news on temporary exhibits, concerts, or other occasional events, visit Martha's Italy Travel Blog.
January 1 – New Year's Day. New Year's Day is a national holiday in Italy. Most shops, museums, restaurants, and other services will be closed so that Venetians can recover from New Year's Eve Festivities. On New Year's Day, many bathers take a morning dip in the chilly waters from the beach on the Lido in Venice.
January 6 – Epiphany and Befana. A national holiday, Epiphany is officially the 12th day of Christmas and one on which Italian children celebrate the arrival of La Befana, a good witch. In Venice, Befana is also celebrated with a regatta – La Regatta delle Befane – which sees men dressed up like the witch racing boats in the Grand Canal. Read more about La Befana and Epiphany in Italy.
January 17 – Saint Anthony's Day (Festa di San Antonio Abate). The Feast Day of Saint Anthony Abbott celebrates the patron saint of butchers, domestic animals, basketmakers, and gravediggers. In Venice, this feast day traditionally marks the start of the Carnevale season.