Christmas traditions on Lake Maggiore

Who doesn't like this time of year? In slippers in front of the fire, baking cookies and browsing the Christmas markets. But not only! Christmas at Lago Maggiore combines tradition with Mediterranean charm.

Surrounded by Christmas illuminations, streets and houses sparkle and the fragrance of mulled wine, hot chestnuts and gingerbread spices wafts through the streets. The lake mirrors the festively decorated promenade, glittering in the night with its dancing lights. It's a time for reflection – but also for activity: many traditions come alive at this time of year.

What makes Christmas on Lake Maggiore so unique? The mild climate. Where else can you ski in the morning and relax on a sundeck by the lake in the afternoon with coffee? Locarno on Ice is a fairytale world in Piazza Grande, the heart of Locarno. Children turning pirouettes on the ice rink, people meeting for a drink, others soaking in the atmosphere and the live concerts. Ascona celebrates Advent with a variety of events: Christmas market, Christmas run, New Year's concert, firework display and Tavolata di Ascona at which people ring in the year together. The cribs also belong to the Ticino culture and are very important. Vira  (Gambarogno) and Moghegno (Vallemaggia) are particularly well known for their traditional and unusual interpretations, and during this period they are transformed into little crib villages.

From palm trees on the lake to the classic winter fairy tale in the mountains. If you're looking for a classic Swiss winter in the Ticino, you'll find it:

Cardada, 8 minutes by cable car from Locarno, rolls out the white carpet and enchants with a fantastic view over Lake Maggiore. Others make for the Vallemaggia and Bosco Gurin, a Walser village offering groomed slopes, a sledge run, a dedicated children's area and a brand new toboggan run. Charming Mogno is great for children, beginners and cross-country aficionados. Also, on the Alpe di Neggia, at 1400 m above sea level, there is a small ski lift and toboggan run.

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