Arco – Christmas Markets in Italy
Arco Mercatino di Natale – Trentino

Date : 16. November 2018 – 6. January 2019

Time : 10:00 – 19:00

Christmas and New Year in the Old Town

The Beautiful 19th Century gardens of this Lake Garda town come alive with twinkling lights as the Christmas Market comes, once again, to Arco with forty beautiful decorated stands in the centre of town offer the opportunity to purchase gifts and regional products for Christmas.Here you can choose from a wide variety of products for every taste and interest. There are typical Christmas cribs and figures, candles and natural products, and if the cold of winter is starting to bite then there are Tyrolean style slippers, alpaca sweaters, pure wool scarfs, gloves and hats. If you are searching for the perfect gift then take a look at the angels blown from glass, wooden flowers, centrepieces, artistic lanterns and furniture. For the younger guests there are stalls filled with wooden toys, educational games and sweets. For food lovers there is a veritable feast to choose from, sip a mug of hot mulled cider as you stroll along, have a snack of roasted chestnuts and strauben, choose from local products, cheeses and jams.

As in previous years there will be animal guests to stroke and fuss over, goats, donkeys and farm animals, a great hit with the children!

Every weekend there will be different events to look forward to : Guided tours of the historic centre of Arco, displays of cribs, tours of the centre in a small train, musical performances, Christmas concerts and so much more. The old city walls become a huge Advent calendar and children can come along to meet Santa.

During the time the Christmas Market is in town the lights twinkle over Arco lighting up the most important monuments, points of historical and natural interest and places of worship. In the centre of the square there is a huge illuminated Christmas Tree. In addition, on the Saturday before the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, on December 7th , the market remains open until 21:30 and the Castle of Arco, which overlooks the town, will be illuminated by a wonderful fireworks display, while just outside, in the village of Bolognano d’Arco, fifty nativity scenes will decorate the streets.


Christmas is also a time when we tend to think more about food and drink as we like to treat our family and friends when they come to visit, but have you ever thought about what foods are traditional in other countries of the world? Why not take a look at the page below and see what other nationalities are cooking up this Christmas. Christmas is also a time for trying out traditional and new ways of cooking meals, cakes, snacks…….. the list goes on, here we have a selection of Christmas recipes from around the world for you to take a look at, and maybe try out … and if you have a special recipe that you would like to share with the world, then you can send it in to us for others to try out to World-wide Christmas Recipes. Who are the most important people at Christmas? yes, of course, its the CHILDREN and we have not left them out, there is a page packed full of Christmas activities to keep them busy ( and Mums everywhere heave a sigh of relief ! ) … take a look at this page and download the information Children’s Christmas page Read about the Christmas Customs and Traditions of the nations of the world and how they differ, or are maybe the same as, ours. … What is the feast of the “Epiphany” or that of “St Lucia“ which countries are these important too? See here the origins of the most beautiful of all the Christmas Carols “Silent Night“, where it came from, who wrote it and listen to the song itself ( look to see which very famous person is singing it!) Have a look at the main Christmas page and see who Father Christmas is, where did he come from, where is he now, and who is St Nicolaus? Send him a letter from the children, browse through some Christmas Market Tours or listen to a new Christmas song on the page there is so much to see and read, so why not do it !! For those of you who want to travel a little further than the local shops this year have a look at Father Christmas in Lapland or maybe (the ultimate treat for Mums – Dads take note ! ) Shopping in New York we have it all right here for you. As Christmas approaches we also think of snow and with that thought comes skiing, skating, sledging and all manner of “Fun in the Snow” things to do which will last for weeks after Christmas time has been and gone. Around Europe there are many places to visit where you can enjoy the winter activities, whether it is before, during or after Christmas. Below you will find a sample of activities and places to look at which you may find will interest or even surprise you. Please take time to have a look.

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Food plays a very important part in the season of Goodwill and Festive Cheer. Here we have a selection of recipes from around the globe which we hope will help you to prepare for Christmas.

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Discovwer all about St Nicholas. Find out who he was, how he become a saint and why he is associated with Christmas. Discover St Nicholas here

Find Puzzles, word searches, letters to print of for Santa plus much more here, in the Kids Corner

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