NATALE IN PIAZZA 2021 – 2022
01 December 2021 – 06 January 2022
Centro cittadino, Lugano
Starting from December 1, Lugano will light up to brighten up its citizens’ festivities. The city will welcome the most beloved holiday for families in a magical atmosphere, with lights, decorations and moments of entertainment.
The traditional Christmas market will be held from 1 to 24 December and will welcome the traditional wooden houses, which will wind their way between Piazza Manzoni and Piazza della Riforma, Piazzetta Maraini, Piazza San Carlo and Dante, Via Nassa offering many ideas for Christmas shopping. Local handicrafts, Christmas decorations and gastronomic specialities will be the protagonists of Lugano’s market.
From December 1, children and adults can admire the splendid illuminated tree in Piazza della Riforma, the symbol of Christmas in the city.
The Natale al Patio tent will offer lots of events for everyone, with Christmas movies and
entertainment for children.
To make the city’s atmosphere even warmer and more magical, Ciani Park will be transformed into an atmospheric Enchanted Forest from 1 December to 6 January 2022. A luminous path through trees and flowerbeds will take adults and children on a walk to discover many corners of light. A unique experience just a few steps from the city centre to experience the magic of Christmas in contact with nature.
Starting from mid-December, the fascinating Underwater Crib by Gli Amici del Presepe Sommerso (Friends of the Underwater Crib) will be back, to be admired along the lake in the Riva Albertolli area. Until 6 January it will be possible to admire the traditional crib figures: Mary, Joseph, the Baby Jesus and the Magi. While during the day they seem to disappear into the water of the lake, in the evening it is possible to capture the beauty of these statues thanks to powerful spotlights that illuminate them. The project has been realised in collaboration with the Lugano Gulf Fishing Section, the Lugano Sub Sports Centre, the Lugano Federal Gymnastics Society and the Friends of Lake Lugano.
It will also be possible to take advantage of the extraordinary openings of the shops in the city centre for a little shopping in view of Christmas purchases. In particular, the shops will be open on 5 December (only shops with a sales area of up to 200 square metres), 8, 12 and 19 December from 10 am to 6 pm. All this will be accompanied by the tasty culinary proposals of bars and restaurants: ideal destinations for delicious snacks, aperitifs and delicious menus.