Christmas in Lake Garda

Christmas Lake Garda events and activities

The image of Lake Garda is that it is very much a summer holiday destination, but Lake Garda in winter is fun, too. As the festive season approaches, Christmas decorations and twinkle lights transform the lake towns into charming Christmas villages, boasting a holiday atmosphere and lots of events not to be missed.

First, there are the popular Christmas markets with traditional wooden chalets, often open as early as the end of November. In Malcesine, Garda, Bardolino, Lazise and Peschiera for example, you can find market stalls selling typical products and handicrafts, but also various exhibitions, nativity scenes and more.
For children, the house of Santa Claus in Riva del Garda is a must. He opens the doors to his magic place every weekend of December and provides his little guests with lots of surprises, activities and fun.

The Gardaland amusement park is a good option to have fun with the whole family, even on Christmas! The park will be open from the 3rd of December 2022 to the 8th of January 2023 in a Christmas version called Gardaland Magic Winter, with Christmas lighting, decorations and seasonal  shows.

Lake Garda during Christmas season is also a perfect place for all mountain lovers, thanks to its proximity to the Monte Baldo mountain chain where it is possible to practice ski, snowboard and snowshoeing. There are two ski lifts, 10 km of slopes and even a ski school with a trail for beginners.

Who prefers ice-skating will be happy to find ice rinks, for example in Sirmione, Peschiera del Garda, Bardolino and Malcesine from the beginning of December on. Family fun for sure!

If you like exploring new places, what about a trip to Verona? The city is worth a visit during Christmastime. You can find Christmas markets with mulled wine, typical products, handicrafts and Christmas decorations, but also many shops to satisfy your shopping lust.

If you are afraid of cold temperatures, you can enjoy the warmth of a spa, with heated thermal pools for relaxing moments. Even if you do not want to stay overnight, you can still enjoy a wellness day at the Spa of the Hotel Caesius Thermae, to find inner peace and well-being. Massages, packages, detox programmes, wellness treatments and even a Private Spa to enjoy an exclusive area just for you.
A great idea to spend Christmas on Lake Garda!