Christmas in Sirmione and Christmas markets around Lake Garda

Christmas, in Sirmione and in the other towns around the Lake, creates a magical atmosphere at this time of year.

Between the months of December and January unique Nativity Scenes, reflecting local traditions, can be found all around Lake Garda and there are Christmas markets and events organised in the old town centres and on the lakeside promenades.


Christmas in Sirmione

Illuminazioni natalizie sul castello di Sirmione
Scaligero castle illuminated by Christmas lights

Every year in Sirmione, the Scaligero castle and its ramparts are illuminated by pretty Christmas lights.

During the festivities, Sirmione residents and tourists meet at the traditional ice skating rink and at concerts and shows, as well as for a bonfire at the castle on the 5th January and the traditional Befana (Epiphany witch) bonfires on 6th January.

Each year a list of the specific events are listed in the news section.


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.


La mappa dei nostri consigli di Natale sul Lago di Garda