Just 70 kilometres from Milan, every year from early December to 6 January crossing the boarder to Switzerland, Lugano and its surrounding will surprise you with a rich Christmas events calendar offering moments of relaxation, entertainment and culture.
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Happening in Piazza della Riforma
An exciting moment especially for children: the lighting of the city’s biggest Christmas tree. With the help of some of the little ones, the Mayor lights the tree.
Daily from late November to late December (usually from 11am to 7pm) and on 24 December (with reduced opening hours). The many stands located in and around Piazza della Riforma offer countless home-made products, little wood objects and interesting gift suggestions.
Piazza Riforma, during Advent
Riforma Square will be populated by gastronomic chalets that will delight both adults and children offering sweets, vin brûlé, pretzels and lots more. Gourmets will appreciate a very special chalet with dishes prepared by the most renowned chefs of the Canton. Until 24th December in other charming wooden houses, you can find all sorts of Christmas specialities, decorations and original gift ideas. Our aim is to make you remember the frosty winter period also as a romantic, contemplative and cosy Christmas season.
SKATING IN THE CITY OF LUGANO AND MENDRISIO
Lugano, Parci Ciani. Open daily to visitors of all ages, from November to January. Hot chocolate stands are available on site to offer guests and invigorating, hot afternoon break.
CHRISTMAS HOLY MASS
The yearly Christmas Holy Mass is usualy scheduled for 10pm at San Nicolao’s Chrurch (Lugano-Bresso).
Mendrisio, Piazzale della Valle.
Twirling around the rink in the heart of Mendrisio in an atmosphere illuminated with twinkling spherical silver lights and Christmas decorations! A skate rental point and a refreshment station are usually available at the edge of the rink. Mendrisio on ice offers a series of great shows and side events.