Varese, land of events

From November 2023 to January 2024 | Varese


Don't miss the events organized in Varese for the magical Christmas!

  • From Friday  17th November to Friday 22nd December 2023 - Christmas in the art of Varese

Christmas in the Art of Varese and its surroundings returns with six guided tours offered by Archeologistics, a journey to discover the most beautiful nativities among Varese's iconic places.

Discover the program!

  • From Friday  24th November to Tuesday 26th December 2023- Christmas markets

Starting from Friday 24th November 2023 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., you will begin to foretaste the Christmas atmosphere in the city of Varese! The traditional markets, the lighting of the historic Christmas tree in Monte Grappa Square and the city's illuminations and many other magical novelties promoted by the City of Varese are waiting for you to experience the Christmas anticipation together!

Opening hours from November 24th to December 26th

Monday: from 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
From Tuesday to Sunday: from 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
On Sunday 24th December 2023: from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until December 23rd, 2023 there will be Santa Claus, Elves, Music and Children's Tricks in the square.

Would you like to experience the magic of Christmas in Varese? Discover our proposals for the Christmas period!

  • From Friday 24th November 2023 to Sunday 14th January 2024 - Ice Skating rink​​​​​​​

During the Christmas period, you can have fun in the company of friends and family by skating at the Giardini Estensi in Varese!  

Opening hours:

Weekdays from 14:30 to 19:00 

Holidays from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

  • From Friday 8th  to Sunday 24th December 2023 - Santa's magical house 

Santa Claus will arrive in Biumo Inferiore on the following days: Friday 8th, Sunday 10th, Thursday 14th, Saturday 16th and Tuesday 19th December, from 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. Toys that are no longer in use can be handed in, and the Toy House Association will take charge of delivering them to children in need.

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  • Saturday 16th, Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd and Friday 29th December 2023 - Learn about your heritage - The atmospheres of Christmas 

In preparation for Christmas, there will be guided tours amidst lights, art and festive atmosphere.

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  • Friday 22nd December 2023 - "Let's go everywhere and live" - Living Nativity 2023

Near Piazza San Vittore there will be the Living Crib - Avsi Christmas Tents from 3.30 pm. The Holy Representation will end on the parvis of the Basilica of San Vittore (directed by Andrea Chiodi)

  • Friday 22nd December 2023 - Bagpipers and Christmas 2023

From 6.00 p.m. through the streets of the center, bagpipe music will liven up the evening with Christmas melodies. 

Visit VARESE... and you win!

The initiative envisages that, on weekends in December, gift cards will be distributed to visitors entering the Giardini Estensi to admire the new Christmas decorations, each with an indication to get a small free gift or gadget, paid by Distretto Urbano del Commercio, at the shops and public establishments participating in the initiative. The gift can be collected directly at the point of sale.


Would you like to experience the magic of Christmas in Varese? Discover our proposals for the Christmas period!

  • Saturday 23th December 2023 - Music and shows

At 6.00 p.m. the Varese city centre will resound with the touring jazz music in "New Orleans" style of the Lario Brass Band led by the famous Larian clarinettist Alfredo Ferrario!

This will be followed by the Mangiafuoco show of music, dance, juggling and fire-eating by Music For Green Events, in collaboration with the DUC inVarese.

  • Saturday 23th December 2023 - Piva Santa Band

From 2.00 p.m. through the streets of the Centre, travelling Christmas music by a colourful band of Santas.
At 5.00 p.m. closing with a small concert at the Estensi Gardens.

  • Sunday 24th December 2023 - The Christmas Clowns Combo Show

From 3.00 p.m. 'The Christmas Clowns Combo Show' organised by Muisc For Green Events, in collaboration with DUC inVarese, will invade the streets of the centre of Varese!

  • Wednesday 27th December 2023 - A Christmas Carol Musical

At 9.00 p.m. the BIT company presents 'A Christmas Carol Musical', based on the classic Christmas film that unites young and old!

  • Thursday 28th December 2023  - Gospel Concert

At the Basilica of San Vittore at 9:00 p.m. there will be a Gospel concert.

  • Sunday 7 January 2023 - The village of Bethlehem

To conclude the Christmas season there will be a living nativity scene in the courtyard of the Bizzozzero oratory. The village of Bethlehem will open at 3:30 p.m..
For the occasion there will be many activities for adults and children.

Are you looking for an original idea? Give an experience on our territory! 

Discover also Christmas at the Sacro Monte 2023

Are you looking for the Christmas Events in provice of Varese? Visit the dedicated page!

Discover the Christmas markets in Varese and its province!

    Lago Maggiore Meeting Industry
    Provincia di Varese
    Consorzio Qualità Miele Varesino