Natale in Piazza
Lugano, 01 December 2015 – 06 January 2016
With numerous entertainments and events, the Christmas holidays are a fabulous time to spend in Lugano.
From December 1st to January 6th
A magical world for children, which even adults love to partake in. The joy of being together, without necessarily having to stay in one’s home living room. The pleasure of buying presents at the market or in boutiques. This is the kind of Christmas that the City proposes and which will feature 37 very special days in the streets of the city centre so that the Christmas season can reach out to everyone.
Monday 1.12, at 6.00 p.m.
Lighting of the Christmas Tree
An exciting moment especially for 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 the tree, accompanied by a gospel choir.
From Monday 1.12 to Tuesday 6.1 2015 from 11.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Wednesday 24.12 from 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
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 specialties, decorations and original gift ideas. In other words, we don’t want you to be reminded of the Christmas season, just by the cold December weather!
From Saturday 29.11 until 6.1.2015, Sun-Wed from 11:00 a.m. to 08:00 p.m. and Thu-Sat from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Skating in town
You'll be able to skate in Manzoni Square for over a month! The skating rink is open every day until January 6th. Entrance is free and if you don't have your own skates, you can rent them right there.
Skates Rent CHF 5.–
1.12 – 24.12
Entertainment for everyone
Riforma and Manzoni Squares
During Advent, every Saturday and Sunday afternoon fun activities for the whole family.
Monday 8.12, at 03:00 p.m. | “Piccoli Cantori di Pura” ’s Concert
Saturday 13.12, from 05:00 p.m. | St. Lucia’s Day with a Swedish Choir
Saturday 14.12, from 04:00 p.m. | Kolping Singers Lugano’s Concert
Saturday 14.12, at 04:30 p.m. | Arrival of the Peace Light in Lugano
Sunday 21.12, from 02:30 p.m. to 04:30 p.m. | Outdoor Soap-bubbles activity from the group InBolla!
Monday 01.12, every day until Tuesday 23.12 from 11.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Wednesday 24.12 from 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
The Christmas Market
In the town centre's main streets
24 days before Christmas, the market will take over the pedestrian area of the town centre, with stalls, which will offer a rich ware of goods such as gastronomic specialties, arts and crafts items, precious fabrics, oriental scents and charitable initiatives.
Mon 8.12, Sun 14.12 and Sun 21.12, from 10:30 a.m. until 4.30 p. m.
Free city tour on board fo the tourist train
8.12: Touristic train every 20 minutes with tour duration 35 min. ca.
14.12: Touristic train every 20 minutes with tour duration 35 min. ca.
21.12: Touristic train every 40 minutes with tour duration 35 min. ca.
Thursday 18.12, 8:00 pm, Chiesa B.V. Immacolata, Via Peri
Saturday 20.12, 4:00 pm, Chiesa di San Carlo, Via Nassa
Christmas in Jazz
18.12, Rosario Bonaccorso Trio
20.12, Enrico Pieranunzi with Simona Severini
Wednesday 24.12, at 10.00 p.m.
San Nicolao’s Church | Lugano-Besso
Wednesday 31.12, from 11.00 p.m. until 02.30 a.m.
Celebrating New Year's Eve
Don’t stay home, come celebrate in Riforma Square! The actual celebration starts at 11.00 p.m. best DJs re-proposing the most famous musical pieces of the last 30 years, accompanied by lights and images. Towards midnight the exciting countdown.
Thursday 1.1 2015 from 11.00 a.m.
New Year’s Day Ceremony
at the Congress Hall
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:
Monday 8.12 from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Sunday 14 and 21.12 from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Wednesday 24 and 31.12 stores close at 5.00 p.m.
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