In winter, especially during Christmas holidays, Lake Garda transforms into a Christmas wonderland with lights, colours and decorations, when towns get ready to host Christmas markets, traditional nativity scenes (even underwater!) and amusing skating rinks. It is the right time to enjoy one of the beautiful Spas on the lake, to relax and breathe in the open air staying in the warm water from 30° degrees upwards.
Lake Garda in winter is also the right destination for mountain lovers. The Monte Baldo gives the opportunity to enjoy this season far from the overcrowded big resorts, admiring the fascinating view while skiing, snowboarding or walking with snowshoes. On Monte Baldo there are various ski lifts, two main tracks, a red and a black one, and other easier tracks. You can also find many skiing schools that offer families and inexpert skiers the right fun. Not to forget the splendid view on the lake, to admire during all your activities.
The Christmas markets add even more magic to the winter time on the lake. In Bardolino festivities start with "Natale dal Sei al Sei" ("Christmas from the sixth to the sixth"), an event that comes every year with games, shows, meetings and concerts. During 44 days, the entire town centre and lakeshore turn into an amazing Christmas scene with magical lights, colours, decorations and market stalls offering local produce, traditional delicacies, typical handicrafts and other handmade Christmas items. In addition you can find a fun skating rink and a heated igloo where you can sip a hot chocolate with your family and friends.
Garda and the "Natale tra gli olivi" manifestation ("Christmas under Olive Trees") feature a big marquee on the lakeshore hosting events and themed evenings. Furthermore, there are theatre representations, concerts and many other happenings for children, young people and elderlies. Here you can experience the unique atmosphere of an unusual and original winter surrounded by the lake and olive trees, both of them ancient symbols of Christmas.
Winter is also a good season to visit the museums on Lake Garda and surroundings. In Cisano di Bardolino you can find the Cisano Olive oil museum (Oleificio Cisano). Inaugurated at the end of the 80s, it takes visitors on an exploration of oleiculture in the Mediterranean from antiquity to this day and age, and shows them machines that were used for olive harvest and olive oil production in the 18th century. The museum includes a small shop where visitors can buy products from the Cisano oil factory and Lake Garda: olive oil, vinegar, grappas, spirits, wine and cosmetics from natural extracts.
Another museum in Bardolino is the Wine Museum inside the Cantina Fratelli Zeni winery in Via Costabella. It is divided into various sections, which focus on different aspects of the production chain – from winegrowing to the final bottling of the finished product.
Besides Christmas you can extend your stay until New Year's eve, day in which celebrations and parties on Lake Garda are surely not missing!