Christmas markets on Lake Garda

As Christmas festivities approach, the lights and decorations light up all around Lake Garda. It's time for a Christmas atmosphere and markets. There are many opportunities to go shopping and buy original souvenirs and small thoughts for loved ones, taking advantage of a walk among the most beautiful places in Benacense. The lake, in this season, is even more impressive. The sweet autumn melancholy of its banks is embellished with decorations, lights, colors and Christmas music from the end of November. 

Between the Verona and Trentino shores and the Brescia Riviera there are many opportunities to stroll among the wooden houses, sip a hot apple juice or a glass of mulled wine, taste some typical products or warm up with the autumn roast chestnuts. A magical atmosphere that you can only breathe at this time of year! 

The Christmas markets on Lake Garda in Verona

The Veronese shore offers several Christmas markets not to be missed. The first, right in Garda, from November 22 to January 6, from 10 am to 6 pm, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, awaits the traditional Christmas Market among the olive trees on the lakeside Regina Adelaide. From 20 December to 6 January the experience of the markets extends to every day (at Christmas and New Year's Eve from 14.00 to 18.00).

An immersion of scents and colors, including traditional stands, cribs, handicrafts and decorations to enjoy the most varied Christmas suggestions. There are also tastings of local products from the local cuisine, from the classic risotto to bread with salami, from red radicchio dishes to nougat. A heated marquee structure is set up, which allows guests to enjoy the markets even on days of unfavourable weather conditions.

The town of Bardolino hosts the Christmas markets “From six to six”, this year from 23 November to 6 January 2020, in the typical wooden houses arranged on the lakeside of the center. There is also an ice skating rink and in the Church of San Severo in Bardolino you can visit some beautiful nativity scenes. 

Lazise also hosts picturesque markets with classic decorated wooden houses, from 23 November until 6 January in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, on the Marconi lakeside and in the streets of the city centre. They can be visited on 23, 24 and 30 November, in December on the dates 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23 and 24; then from 26 December 2019 to 6 January 2020. The stands open at 10 a. m. and close at 7 p. m. In addition to buying lots of Christmas presents, visiting Lazise - even more fascinating during the Christmas holidays - offers the opportunity to admire the magical artistic nativity scene set up in the Church of San Nicolò. 

Christmas shopping on Lake Garda in Trentino

Moving further north, already from 15th  November  Arco reopens its doors to Christmas by setting up its magnificent Christmas markets, until next January 6. The squares of the historic centre of Arco in the province of Trento are enriched during the Christmas holidays with pretty wooden houses where you can find gifts and typical Christmas products, scented candles, handmade souvenirs, decorations for the tree and small traditional objects. Those with a sweet tooth will then have a wide choice of delicacies to taste at the stalls in the historic center. And if it's cold, you can warm up with a mulled wine, maybe accompanied by roast chestnuts and “Strauben”!

The dates to be marked are: 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 November from 10 to 19. In December: 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, then from 26 December to 6 January. On 7 th December at 21. 15 will be held the fireworks display, with opening of the markets in the evening.

Do not miss the Christmas market in Rovereto, easily accessible from Lake Garda.

Garda markets in Brescia 

On the Brescia coast of Lake Garda, in Manerba, every Sunday in December in the historic center of the village valtenesino are set up Christmas markets under the big Christmas tree, a stone's throw from the church of San Giovanni, where dli Amici di San Bernardo set up the mechanical Nativity, a wonder of creativity, gears and figures in motion, with over 500 statues, capable of attracting every year thousands of visitors large and small. Sirmione and Desenzano also organize Christmas markets during the holidays, but the dates are not yet known. If you happen to be in these places, under the festivities, maybe you will end up right there your Christmas shopping.