Christmas in Sirmione and Christmas markets around Lake Garda

The Christmas atmosphere dresses Sirmione and the villages of Lake Garda with the unique magic of this time of year.

Between December and January throughout the Garda area it is possible to admire characteristic nativity scenes that reflect local traditions as well as immerse yourself in the enchantment of the Christmas markets on Lake Garda, with events organized in the historic centers and on the lakeside promenades.

Christmas in Sirmione

In Sirmione every year the Scaligero Castle and the historic center light up with charm with the suggestive Christmas lights that dress and illuminate them.

During the holiday period, Sirmione residents and tourists meet on the traditional ice skating rink and at the Christmas Market in Colombare, on the occasion of concerts and shows, as well as to admire the evocative themed lighting of the imposing walls of the Scaligero Castle. The specific initiatives planned year by year can be consulted in the VISITSIRMIONE NEWS.

The specific initiatives planned year by year can be consulted in the VISITSIRMIONE NEWS.


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Christmas Markets and Nativity Scenes around the Lake

Many Christmas market stalls are set up around the lake, including the Christmas Market in Lazise and Christmas among the olive trees in Garda; these events are held in the historic town centres and against the beautiful backdrop of the lakefronts.
For anyone who enjoys the atmosphere of religious festivities, there are surprisingly detailed nativity scenes installed in the unique setting of the lake: the Nativity Scene on the canal in Desenzano harbour, the underwater Nativity Scene in Peschiera del Garda, the mechanical Nativity Scene in Manerba del Garda, the floating Nativity Scene in Malcesine, and the Nativity Scene set up in Cassone at the source of the River Aril.


Santa’s House in Riva del Garda

The bearded gentleman most loved by children is the protagonist of the winter festivities in Riva del Garda: every year Santa’s House welcomes children and their parents who, together with Mr and Mrs Christmas, can take part in Christmas workshops and discover the North Pole and the Elves’ Grotto.


The Nativity Scenes at Campo di Brenzone

Presepe a Campo di Brenzone
Nativity scene during the “Presepi a Campo” event in Campo di Brenzone

Every year the medieval village of Campo di Brenzone hosts the “Presepi a Campo” event, a heterogeneous exhibition of hundreds of nativity scenes, of different styles and sizes, scattered throughout the village.  There is also a vast display of Christmas imagery that evokes the atmosphere of the festive period.


The map of our Christmas tips on Lake Garda


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