Natale in Piazza
Lugano, 28 November 2015 – 06 January 2016
With numerous entertainments and events, the Christmas holidays are a fabulous time to spend in Lugano.
From November 28th to January 6th
From 28th November, the City changes dress, with the installation of lights, colours, sounds and the music of Christmas. The year's most exciting anniversary is celebrated with the opening of the traditional markets, an artificial ski slope, a skating rink, and a kiddies' village. Concerts, entertainment, the great New Year's Eve open-party and many other events that will lead up to January 6th, the magic Epiphany in the city centre.
28.11.2015 - 23.12.2015, Wed 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sat - Sun 10:30 a.m. - 06:30 p.m.
24.12.2015 - 06.01.2016, every day 10:30 a.m. - 06:30 p.m.
09.01.2016 - 10.01.2016, 10:30 a.m. - 06:30 p.m.
The Christmas Village at Parco Ciani
From Saturday, November 28th to Sunday, January 10th, Parco Ciani becomes a magical Christmas village dedicated to all children. An enchanted place in which to hang out the unbelievable magic of the one celebration most loved by all children, with many possible collective activities, including games, shows, workshops and readings. You can also skate on the artificial icetrack and have tea with... Santa Claus. And if you feel the cold... a fantastic eatery is there to welcome you with hot chocolate, candy floss and a wide range of traditional tasty snacks.
Tuesday 1.12, at 6.00 p.m.
Lighting of the Christmas Tree
An exciting moment especially for all children: the lighting of the city's biggest Christmas tree. With the help of some of the little ones, Julie Arlin and the Mayor Marco Borradori will light-up the tree. This moment becomes a real event with the presence of two choirs : the traditional Gruppo ticinese Corno delle Alpi and the Ye Ole Carolers performing all the best-known Carols!
From Tue 04.12 to Thu 24.12.2015, Wed 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., Sat - Sun 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Swiss Snowsports School of Lugano, celebrating its 80th anniversary, in collaboration with the City of Lugano, is proud to bring snow in the middle of the Place. Every children between 3 and 12 years old will have an exceptional opportunity to get a mini-lesson with a ski or snowboard instructor right in the heart of the city. The equipment is included in price and available on site. Along with the snow-covered ramp, visitors will find a lively village offering a number of other activities and amusements for people of all ages. This event is intended for children who would like to learn how to ski in an inexpensive, practical and above all enjoyable way.
+41 (0)79 900 52 84
From Saturday 28.11.2015 to Wednesday 6.1.2016 from 11.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Gastronomic in Riforma Square
During Advent, Piazza della Riforma will be the location of tantalizing gastronomic chalets that will delight both adults and children offering sweets, vin brûlé, pretzels, chestnut, swiss raclette, würstel and lots more.
Saturday 28.11, every day until Wednesday 23.12 from 11.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Thursday 24.12 from 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
The Christmas Market in the town centre's main streets
The traditional Christmas market offer gift ideas, art-products, crafts, decorations, as well as many traditional local gastronomic specialties. From November 28th to December 11th the Christmas market will be host in via Nassa and Riforma square. From December 12th to December 24th the market will stretch over the entire city centre.
Great prize-winning competitions
In December the Association of Lugano’s Shop Owners will hold its traditional prize-winning competitions. It’ll be possible to win purchase vouchers for a value of 1500, 1000 and 500 CHF. You can participate by simply filling in a card that you’ll find in the associated shops. The winning cards will be drawn around mid January.
Mon 7.12, Sun 13.12 and Sun 20.12
City tour on board fo the tourist train
On Tuesday, December 8th, 120 complimentary tickets for kids aged from 3 to 10 years-old, with an accompanying adult, are available for the first to arrive!
Sunday 13.12, at 4.30 p.m, Piazza San Carlo
Light of peace 2015
On the third Sunday of Advent, the Light of Peace will come together in Lugano, Zurich, Basel and Freiburg. At 16:30, the Scouts bearing the symbolic torch leave Piazza della Riforma making their way through the city’s historical centre, to reach, at 17:00 Piazza San Carlo where it will remain until December 24th. The presenting ceremony will be accompanied by a children's choir.
Thursday 24.12, at 10.00 p.m.
Mass on Christmas Eve
San Nicolao’s Church | Lugano-Besso
Thursday 31.12, from 11.00 p.m. until 02.30 a.m.
Celebrating New Year's Eve
On the night of New Year’s Eve, what will our Radio Station 3i organize? Just imagine the one song that you cannot help dancing to, imagine a cold winter night suddenly becoming red-hot! The radio3i DJ team present in the square will unleash the great classics to sing and dance to. And at midnight we’ll all countdown to toast the New Year together... Join us there!
Friday 1.1 2016 from 11.00 a.m., Palazzo dei Congressi
New Year’s Day Ceremony
The city will welcome in the New Year with a lively programme at The Congress Hall, where the traditional greetings ceremony will be held followed by an aperitif offered to the whole town. Besides the local authorities, citizens will be welcomed by the historical and picturesque Luganese Volunteer Corps.
Shopping. Exceptional Opening Hours of Shops:
Tuesday 8.12, Sunday 13.12 and Sunday 20.12 from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Wednesday 23 and 30.12 from 8.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Thursday 24 and 31.12 stores close at 5.00 p.m.
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