Christmas and New Year’s Eve at Lake Garda

Celebrate New Year’s Eve on Lake Garda? Why not? Lake Garda offers a special atmosphere also during the Christmas holidays.

And temperatures are usually a few degrees above zero.

A walk along a promenade protected from the wind, for example in Garda, Salò, Riva, is also a beautiful experience in winter.
The villages are festively decorated with the beginning of Advent.

Christmas markets usually take place on the promenades along the water. Creating a cheerful atmosphere and offering good Italian Christmas delicacies.

An evening stroll in Verona under Christmas lights is also recommended, where every year a huge bright Christmas comet from the famous “Arena” lands on the adjacent “Piazza Bra”.

But also Trento with its famous handicraft Christmas market in the “Piazza del Duomo”, or Mantova with the traditional stands in the medieval “Piazza delle Erbe”.

Or, here with us, the castle of Malcesine, with its funny “elf market” offers attractions for everyone during the holidays.

And bathe in Lake Garda? Well, not recommended for New Year’s Eve, although a traditional New Year’s swim has been taking place for some years now, where some very “strong and crazy” men jump into the lake on New Year’s Day.

Surely the bathing in the thermal baths in Colà di Lazise or Sirmione is better and more pleasant.

New Year’s Eve at Lake Garda also means celebrating.
For example, in the squares of larger towns such as Garda, Malcesine, Riva, Desenzano, Bardolino, directly under the traditional fireworks.

Christmas Markets on Lake Garda

Christmas markets can be found also in Garda, Desenzano, Riva, Arco and Verona every weekend and holiday from December.

Lake Garda Thermal

Also open in winter
– Thermal park and swimming pool “Villa dei Cedri” in Cola’/ Lazise.

– Medical Spa of Sirmione

New Year’s Eve Cruise

The lake boat line offers the St. Sylvester Cruise with a full menu, live music and a view of all the fireworks on the lake. More information at

Celebrate in the square

First a nice dinner with a typical Christmas menu and then celebrate the turn of the year on the square. You will find a beautiful and peaceful atmosphere and fireworks, live music and stands at Garda, Bardolino, Malcesine, Salò, Desenzano, Verona, etc.

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