Varese, land of events

Until January 2024 | Province of Varese



  • On Saturday 25th at 3:30 p.m. Sinterklass will arrive by vaporetto. There will be delicacies: traditional soup, mulled wine, hot chocolate and sweets for children.
  • Friday 8th December 5:00 p.m. there will be the lighting of the Christmas tree in Piazza Parrocchiale. For the occasion from 9:00 a.m. there will be the Christmas markets in the heart of the village.


  • On Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November, the unmissable event of "Christmas Magic in Arcisate" returns. Santa Claus will arrive in the early afternoon on Saturday and the entire day on Sunday in his little house together with his prankster elves.  
  • On Saturday 25th November the stage for the markets will be Via Roma, while on Sunday 26th November, they will be located in the Lagozza festival area. There will also be mouth-watering food stands to delight all palates with traditional products! The event will take place on Saturday from 12.00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. while on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


  • From Saturday 25th November 2023 to Sunday 7th January 2024 "BA is Christmas". Santa Claus will appear in the city in some magical installations, such as the "Santa Claus Comes From Below" that will peek straight out of the pavement. It will be a Christmas full of shopping, events and lots of attractions, in particular there will be a huge skating rink as well as a tourist train that will connect the most significant points in the center with parking lots and stations, 12 stops are planned to pick up passengers
  • Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November: opening the Christmas season with a Lego-themed event at the Textile Museum and workshops for all ages.
  • Sunday 25th November at 6.30 p.m.: Christmas waiting begins in Busto Arsizio with the spectacular lighting of all the illuminations downtown.
  • Thursday 14th December at 9:00 p.m. in the Basilica of San Giovanni returns the traditional appointment with the Christmas Concert "Christmas Carol - yesterday, today and tomorrow". Admission is free but booking is required by day 11 December.

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  • On Sunday 26th Novemeber in the garden of the Monastery of Santa Maria Assunta, Pro Loco Cairate and CUAMM organize charity Christmas markets open from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.


  • Thursday 7th December at 7.00 p.m. there will be an 'Evening under the Stars' and the snow slide will be opened. There will also be a food stand for the occasion. Following this, there will be a concert with the Christmas Friend Band at 8.45 p.m.
  • Friday 8th December at 11.00 a.m. Christmas markets will open. In the afternoon, there will be a children's play and Santa Claus will arrive at 5.00 p.m., and there will also be a tree lighting. A food stand will be available throughout the day.


  • On Sunday 26th November at the Traviano Oratory, there will be the fantastic Christmas markets, a speldid day dedicated to crafts, food and wine, entertainment and music. From 11:00 a.m. onward, children's stories will be read and there will be children's makeup. You can also enjoy the free toy train between Caronno Church and Traviano Church.


  • Friday 15th December at 4.30 p.m. there will be the 'Christmas bell ringing" starting from the Lavatorio di Villa Bozzolo, organised by the Pro Loco.


  • On Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November at the Royal Palace there will be stalls of hobbyists and associations, for the entertainment of children there will be no shortage of shows and parades.
  • On Saturday 25th November will be the "Santa Claus Show," a comic juggling show at the Royal Palace. The event starts at 3.00 p.m.
  • On Sunday 26th November at 4.00 p.m. the world's tallest Santa Claus arrives and will roam the streets of downtown. During the evening there will be a parade of Santas in Apecars and the lighting of Christmas lights in the village.


  • On Sunday 17th December at the Curvio sports ground there will be 'Santa's Running', a non-competitive Christmas-themed race open to young and old. Ecento organised under the patronage of the municipality of Cuvio.


  • On Sunday 3rd December from 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. at the Alfredo di Dio Square will light up the Christmas atmosphere with "Christmas with Us." There will be a snack stand, Santa Claus and carols. At 5.00 p.m. there will be the lighting of the Christmas Tree and illuminations in the village

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  • In the centre of the square is a skating rink, you can skate around the illuminated tree.
  • Sunday 3rd December the 'Christmas Village' returns, and at 9:00 a.m. the hobbyist stalls will open. At 9:00 a.m. there will also be a 3km walk and each participant will be given a Christmas hat. This will be followed by a risottata alla Milanese organised by the Pro Loco. A gospel concert with the 'Armonico in...canto' choir will follow in the afternoon.


  • On Sunday 3rd December from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. at Montale Square the Gorla Minore Alpine Group is organizing Christmas markets. There will be food stands where you can taste mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, panettone, sausages, caramel apples and much more.
    A day full of activities and music: for the little ones it will be possible to collect the diploma of the good child in the tunnel of the elves and they can also greet the Christmas mascots Minnie and Mickey Mouse.


  • Saturday 2nd December: on the occasion of the Christmas markets, there will be a street band in the streets of the village and at 3 p.m. comes the show of Andrea the magician.
  • Sunday 3rd December the 'G. Puccini' musical band from Lavena Ponte Tresa will arrive and during the day there will be an exhibition of vintage '500' cars.
  • Until Sunday 14th January it will be possible to ice skate in Piazza Sangiorgio


  • Until Sunday 14th January 2024, it will be possible to ice skate with a special view of the lake and mountains. The ice skating site  "Hypergomme On Ice Laveno" is located in the Matteottti Square on the lakefront of Laveno Mombello.
  • Sunday 3rd December at 3.00 p.m. there will be a 'Music Together' event in the Piazza dei Caduti.
  • From Friday 8th to Sunday 10th Decembermarket exhibition of ceramics at VIlla Fumagalli.
  • Friday 8th December at 10.30 a.m. there will be the inauguration of the 'Cribs from the Gornaci Ibis of Cunardo' exhibition. In the afternoon, at 3:00 p.m. the 'Piva Rock Band' will play Christmas music in Piazza dei Caduti. This will be followed at 8.30 p.m. by a gospel concert at the Church of the Invenzione di S. Stefano in Mombello and the illuminations will be switched on.
  • Sunday 10th December the 'RunBrulé' organised by ASD SPRInTZ Running Laveno will be held, there will also be a gathering of historical "Vespe".
  • Saturday 16th December at 8.30 p.m. Silent Disco On Ice will be held at the ice rink.
  • Saturday 23rd December at 3.00 p.m. a living nativity scene will be performed at the Menotti and Bassani Residential Centre for the elderly. In the evening, there will be a concert by the Greensleeves Gospel Choir at 9.00 p.m. at the Church of Sts. Philip and James.
  • Saturday 6th January 2024: a day full of concerts, at 3.00 p.m. there will be a concert by Filarmonica G. Verdi in Piazza dei Caduti, at 4.00 p.m. at the SS. Filippo e Giacomo Church will be followed by a concert by the Piccolo Coro di Valcuvia.
  • Saturday 6th January 2024 at 6.00 p.m. the unmissable Befana bonfire in the lake returns.


  • The Christmas Lights return to the shores of Lake Maggiore, from Saturday 2nd December 2023 to Sunday 7th 2024 more than 600,000 LED lights will illuminate the streets and squares of the village, accompanying visitors on a fairy-tale journey. There will also be markets and food stands with traditional delicacies of the period.
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  • Volunteers of the association "Gruppo Presepi" return with the XXII edition of "Marnate paese dei Presepi".
  • On Saturday 2nd December the opening of the nativity scene will be held in the St. Hilary Square.
  • On Sunday 3rd December the exhibition of nativity scenes hosted inside the Church of St. Sebastian in Nizzolina will be officially opened.


  • Numerous selected exhibitors, music, art workshops, Santa's village, Christmas train, sunken nativity scene... These are just some of the fantastic surprises awaiting you at the "Greetings in the Square" event in Porto Valtravaglia. 
    On Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Piazza Imbarcadero in the small village of Porto Valtravaglia, a new edition of the traditional event, which will end with a fireworks show at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday 3rd December It will also be possible to taste the delicacies of the food stand


  • The Pro Loco of Ranco organizes on 16th December 2023 the "Christmas at the farm" at the Fattoria Robustelli. For the occasion there will be the Christmas markets of the Parents Committee, the snack offered, Santa Claus will also arrive with a gift for all children and at 6:00 p.m. there will be the parade and the Christmas tree with tractors. To follow polenta, many specialties and music!

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  • On Sunday 3rd December at 10:30 a.m. the "Christmas Under the Stars" celebration begins with Christmas stalls, from 12 noon the food stand will open where you can have lunch. Do not miss the traditional lighting of the star on the Picuz and the village illuminations. In case of bad weather, the event will be postponed to Sunday 10th December.


  • On Sunday 3rd December at 10:00 a.m. there will be the "2nd Santa Claus Walk" and throughout the day there will be Christmas stalls, food stand and many other activities!


  • On Saturday 25th November at 9.00 p.m. at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in the Mulini district of Sesto Calende, the traditional Christmas gospel event returns to the GREENSLEEVES GOSPEL CHOIR group. At the end of the event, there will be an excellent mulled wine and a gift will be given. Admission is free.


  • XIV edition of the "Christmas at the Castle" event: Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd - Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December from 2.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. (Sunday until 7.00 p.m.) at the Visconti Castle in Somma Lombardo, an opportunity to discover the latest in quality Italian handicrafts and find original gift ideas in unique handmade pieces.
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  • Saturday 2nd December at 5.30 there will be the lighting of the Christmas tree with the 'Gospel Ladies'.
  • Sunday 3rd December at 4.00 p.m. there will be a 'New Sound' performance.


  • On Sunday 26th November Christmas atmosphere lights up with the XI edition of the Christmas Market. From 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. there will be many stalls of exhibitors and artisans, and there will be no shortage of treats. Santa's Village and a food court will also return. The day will end with the lighting of the Christmas illuminations accompanied by an atmospheric show with glowing butterflies


  • From Friday 8th December 2023 to Sunday 7th January 2024 at the Voltorre Cloister there will be the 'Exhibition of Nativity Scenes'.


  • On Saturday 25th November at 5.00 p.m. there will be a tree lighting accompanied by a special surprise, hot drinks, panettone and pandoro!
  • On Sunday 26th November there will be Christmas markets, food stand, children's makeup and workshops for children. At 4.00 p.m. there will be the opening of "Nativity Country" with free tour around the village.

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