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Christmas in Lugano starts with the lighting of the tree in Riforma Square. From that moment, the heart of the city becomes a bright village, bestowing opportunities for entertainment, musical performances, a market and surprises until the Epiphany.

From 30 November, the City will be transformed with Christmas lights, sounds and colours. The most beautiful festival of the year is celebrated with a children’s village, concerts, entertainment, the New Year’s Eve open-air party and many other events that will fill the city with the magic of Christmas up until 6 January.


Alley of Light
Saturday 30 November 2019 - Monday 6 January 2020, Piazza Luini LAC

The light installation Alley of Light is a space not much wider than a corridor, surrounded by two thousand handmade lights that form a surprising three dimensional matrix. Using an algorithm that regulates the intensity of the individual lights, the passage constantly lights up or darkens, creating a luminous choreography that was inspired by light’s wavelike nature filtered by water and that immerses participants in an evocative experience.

Food lovers’ Chalets
Saturday 30 November 2019 - Monday 6 January 2020, Piazza della Riforma


A meeting point dedicated completely to food below the Christmas tree. A great destination for a hot chocolate, to have an aperitif with friends or to try winter cocktails, all accompanied by tasty nibbles and pleasant background music. This is the recipe of the Food Lovers' Chalets for making the long winter evenings much more enjoyable for both locals and tourists.

Lighting of the Christmas Tree
Sunday 1 December 2019, Piazza della Riforma


The city authorities, along with Julie Arlin and everyone present, will switch on the Christmas lights of the great tree in Piazza della Riforma, officially launching more than a month of events in the city. A gift offered by LIDL and BancaStato will be distributed to all the children present starting from 17:30. And to accompany this magical moment there will be music by Melody Tibbits & The Cade, who will play in the square until 19:30.

Ice Rink and Toboggan Slide
Sunday 1 December 2019, Piazza Rezzonico

11:00 - 23:00

The lake-front area across from the City Hall will host a 14x25m ice rink and nearby there will also be a slide for toboggans and snow tubes measuring 5x5x30 m. Snow-tubing is new to Lugano and children in particular will have great fun throwing themselves down the snow-covered piste on inflatable rings.

Life-Size Nativity Scene
Sunday 1 December 2019 - Monday 6 January 2020, Piazza della Riforma

Lugano will host a life-size nativity scene made by the Cantamessi family, nativityscene artisans whose works were chosen to decorate the Nativity scene in the Vatican.

Decorative Lights
Saturday 7 December 2019 - Friday 27 December 2019, Piazza della Riforma

To really fill the city with the magical colours of Christmas, Piazza della Riforma and its buildings will be lit up in a spectacular and impressive festival of light projections. Amazing effects that will light up your evenings.

It will be possible to admire the animated light projections every day from 17:00, one every hour.

Family Village
Saturday 21 December 2019  - 6 January 2020

14:00 - 18.00, ex Asilo Ciani

By popular demand, after the success of the summer Family Village at the Palazzo dei Congressi Convention Centre, the ex-Asilo Ciani will be transformed into a wonderful Christmas Village specially for families with lots of games for all ages. Free admission. Organised in collaboration with Ospedale del Giocattolo and Centro Sfera Bianca.

Sunday 22 December 2019

10:00 - 20:00 - Piazza Manzoni fountain side

Thanks to the initiative of the Società dei Mercanti of Lugano, the legendary Coca-Cola Christmas truck will be parked on the lakefront in front of the Piazza Manzoni fountain and will bring with it a multitude of gifts and numerous other surprises for the whole family. The presence of the likeable Santa bearded, panzone and red dressed man is also guaranteed. He himself became one of the symbols of Christmas thanks to the advertising campaign commissioned to the designer Haddon Sundlom in 1931 by the American Coca-Cola Company of Atlanta. 


Christmas Competition of the Lugano Merchant Company: three prizes in prize vouchers each worth CHF 1'000.-, 500.- and 250.- and other prizes made available by the Merchants. You participate by filling in the postcards available in the affiliated stores. The draw will take place at the end of January 2020

Underwater Nativity Scene
Sunday 22 December 2019 - Monday 6 January 2020, Riva Albertolli

Gli Amici del Presepe Sommerso place typical figures from the Nativity scene in the lake - Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and the Three Wise Men. Until 6 January you can admire these statues, which during the day seem to vanish under the water and in the evening appear to float in the light of powerful underwater spotlights. On Sunday 22 Panettone and mulled wine will be offered from 17:00 onwards, followed by a choir performance and the blessing of the baby Jesus with a torch procession on the lake with illuminated boats. The Nativity scene will be switched on at 18:00.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations
Tuesday 31 December 2019 - 21:30 - 02:30, Piazza della Riforma

A big party in the piazza to welcome in the new year together. Rete Tre will bring the evening to life with its DJs and live music from Make Plain (power folk) and the Midnight Lovers and the Horny Horns (rockabilly).

New Year's Day Ceremony
Wednesday 1st January 2020 - 11:00, Palazzo dei Congressi

The City of Lugano will welcome in the New Year with a lively programme of events. In keeping with tradition, the parade will leave the Piazza della Riforma at 11:00 and head towards the Convention Centre (Palazzo dei Congressi), where the greetings ceremony wil lbe held, interspersed with artistic and musical interludes. Citizens will be welcomed by the local authorities and the historical Volunteer Corps of Lugano in their traditional dress. The ceremony will be followed by an aperitif offered to the whole town.


  • CATEGORIES Enogastronomy , Local festivals , Market , Get-togethers