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Christmas fun in Lugano

As the old song says… it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And although American cities are transformed into Winter Wonderlands even in warm states like Florida and California, as soon as I moved to Lugano I realized that I was in for a treat.

Turns out, Lake Lugano turns into an even better Winter Wonderland, with lake and the mountains making it look even more splendid.

Walking downtown is such a pleasure: from the festive lights of Via Nassa and Via Pessina to the romantic atmosphere of Parco Ciani, there is something for everyone. Shopping, of course, it’s one of the main activities we all have to partake in during the month of December.

And if shopping in regular store doesn’t appeal to you, rest assured that you will find something at the Christmas Market that stretches around the city center and in Piazza della Riforma. Of course, many stalls will sell food and drinks: because we all know how hungry one can get after an intense shopping spree!

At night, the square will turn into an open air party, with DJ sets and live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday: perfect for those who want to dance off al those hot mulled wine and panettone calories.

But my absolute favorite is, and always will be, MelideIce: open until Janaury 8th. Because let’s face it: at Christmas we all feel like children again, and skating on ice under the stars makes us all giddy with excitement! 

A happy Christmas and peaceful new year to all of you!


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