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From Thursday 8th December 2022 to Tuesday 17th January 2023 | Varese


From Thursday 8th December to Tuesday 17th January  at The Estensi Gardens of Varese the ai Giardini Estensi,  the magic of Christmas arrives.

Following the great success of last year's edition, which attracted 150,000 spectators, "Lights at Gardens" returns with a programme full of novelties.

The Studio Festi, one of the most important "party artists" in the world,  brings modern light installations and architecture in baroque style at Estensi Garden of Varese,  to immerse spectators in a wonderful, luminous world of yesteryear.

In addition, children from Varese primary schools will be the protagonists of the "Winter Tales": every evening at 5.45, 6.30 and 7.15 pm on the facade of Palazzo Estense, the projection of video stories illustrated by the artists Marco Mac and Ahmed Malis and edited by the video designer Davide Schinaia. The stories were created by the children of the fifth grade of the schools of Varese: in particular "A gift for Nature" was written by the children of the Locatelli school; "The Penguins are fed up and other stories" from the Pascoli di Lozza school"; "Crows, doves and the light of Nature" by the pupils of the IV Novembre school.

It will be a great event divided into many interesting and magical events for children and adults.


  • From Monday to Thursday from 17.30 to 20.30
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 17.30 to 22.30
  • Wednesday 14, 21 December, 4 and 11 January, Thursday 29 December, Monday 2 and 16 January from 17.30 to 22.30.


  • On Thursday 8th December:  Ufficial Opening from 18.00.
  • Friday 23 December: concert at 18:00 with the duo SdueT, formed by Simone Aguzzi on violin and Tommaso Losito on cello. The two young and talented musicians will perform under the arches of light at the Giardini Estensi in Varese with a repertoire that will range from classical music to well-known soundtracks, more modern and Christmas songs.
  • Saturday 24 December: concert by the PIVABABBOBAND of Samarcanda, an orchestra made up of over 20 musicians and singers dressed as Santa Claus who will play from 2.30 pm in the streets of the center of Varese. The band then at 17.00 will move to the Estensi Gardens under the arches and lights of the park staging a splendid Christmas concert.
  • Sunday 25 December: the Christmas evening event at 18.00 when the great arch at the Estensi Gardens will be crossed by an angel of light on the notes of Adeste Fidelis. A large light structure interpreted by an actress will cross the gallery welcoming visitors like a ray of light: a unique and unmissable show that wants to be a sign of hope for the future, leaving a message of peace and love for everyone


On the occasion of the Christmas holidays, parking facilities in the Green Areas are confirmed. They will be free of charge on days and times:

  • 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th December 2022: 10.00 - 20.00
  • Friday: 14.00 - 20.00
  • Saturday :10.00 - 20.00.

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