Christmas in Lugano starts with the lighting of the tree in Riforma Square. From that moment, the heart of the city becomes a bright village, bestowing opportunities for entertainment, musical performances, a market and surprises until the Epiphany.
From 22 November, the City will be transformed with Christmas lights, sounds and colours. The most beautiful festival of the year is celebrated with the markets, a children’s village, concerts, entertainment, the New Year’s Eve open-air party and many other events that will fill the city with the magic of Christmas up until 7 January.
Lighting of the Christmas Tree
01.12 / 18:00 Piazza della Riforma
In the presence of the city authorities, Julie Arlin presents.
The distribution of a gift for children offered by Migros Ticino.
Acoustic concert with Charlie Row, followed by Brass Band T-X-Project.
The Christmas Market
22.11 – 23.12 / 11:00 – 19:00
24.12 / 11:00 – 17:00 City centre
22.11 – 07.12 Piazza della Riforma and via Nassa
08.12 – 24.12 City centre
22.11 – 07.01 Piazza della Riforma and Piazza Manzoni
Food huts, musical entertainment and family entertainment with the special programme “Christmas for children”.
Exchange of Christmas wishes
21.12 / 18:00 Piazza della Riforma
In the presence of the Lugano Municipality and members of the City Council. Panettone and mulled wine offered.
Mass on Christmas Eve
24.12 / 22:00 Cattedrale di San Lorenzo
City Tour on board the tourist train
Saturdays and public holidays from 02.12 to 17.12 / 10:30 – 16:30 (every 30 minutes)
Saturdays and public holidays from 23.12 to 07.01 / 11:15 – 16:30 (every 45 minutes)
Weekdays from 27.12 to 05.01 / 12:45 – 16:30 (every 45 minutes) Piazza Manzoni
50 free tickets will be on offer for kids aged 3 to ten years accompanied by an adult every Saturday in December
and on Saturday, 6 January (while tickets last, to be collected at the Christmas infopoint in the Piazza Manzoni).
Great prize - winning competition
Christmas competition of the Lugano Shop Owners Association, in which three great prizes (shopping vouchers worth CHF 1’000.–, 500.– and 250.–) can be won, as well as many other surprises. To take part, simply fill in one of the postcards that can be found in participating stores. The winners will be drawn in mid-January.
Music in the Piazza
30.12 / 20:00 – 01:00 Piazza della Riforma
For the 30 year-anniversary of RETE TRE, the “New Year Swiss Rock Festival” will offer entertainment, DJ sets
and many live guests: the CorLeoni, the Dögz, Andrea Bignasca and the Vad Vuc.
New Year’s Eve celebrations
31.12 / 22:30 – 02:30 Piazza della Riforma
RSI will see in the New Year in the Piazza, bringing the evening to life with music and entertainment from some of RETE TRE’s best-loved DJs, the contagious beats of Ridillo and the Frontaliers Bussenghi and Bernasconi.
New Year’s Day ceremony
01.01 / 11:00 Palazzo dei Congressi (Convention Center)
In the presence of the city authorities and the Lugano Volunteer Corps.
Aperitif offered to everyone (departure of the procession from the Piazza della Riforma at 11:00)
Free public transport on
Sunday 10 and Sunday 17 December (zones 100, 110, 112, 113 and 121, as well as the Lugano Centre-SBB Station funicular railway)