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Christmas markets preview on Lake Garda

by Isabelle Yrma Pace
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In November the Christmas vibes is livelier than ever on Lake Garda Trentino thanks to the opening of the Christmas markets in Arco and Canale di Tenno.

The woods start to yellow and the foliage makes the land of Garda Trentino magic. Autumn is almost here, and with it also the desire to think about the upcoming Christmas holidays. Christmas is in the air! Paraphrasing and slightly modifying an old song, we could say that the Christmas atmosphere on Garda Trentino won’t be long in coming, aided by the opening of the Christmas markets in Arco and Canale di Tenno already in November.

Christmas markets in Arco: where the Habsburg past meets the local traditions.

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In Arco, the most magical holiday of the year brings a high lit fir tree in the middle of the main square, and all around it there are lots of stalls full to the brim of local products and gifts to place under the Christmas tree. And you don’t have to wait for December to come! From the 15th November to the 6th January 2020 the Arco Christmas market will dazzle you with thousands of colorful lights, to gift you with a Christmas preview where you could smell the perfume of mulled wine and cinnamon.

This year, the magic of Christmas in Arco will climax in the fireworks display on December, 7th. It will make the castle twinkle red and light up the markets, alive with tourists and local people ready to be overwhelmed by the most loved holiday of the year.

Arco continues the storytelling in light, the tale of the manor house and characters that has been video-mapped onto the facade of the Town Hall these past two years. A beam of light imbued with stories, a fairytale which has become a legend, telling the tale of star-crossed lovers, dragons, fairies and sorcery. This is the third edition of the “Fairytale Light Show”, the third fabulous chapter of Arco’s magical past.

Canale di Tenno: where time stood still and the Christmas traditions live unchanged.

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Only few kilometers from Lake Garda there is Canale di Tenno, one of the most evocative haunts in Trentino. Christmas begins to be perceived soon here as well: it is kicking off on the 23rd November! This tiny hamlet, included in the prestigious club of Italy’s most beautiful hamlets, features the typical elements of the ancient hamlets, with narrow alleys and stone houses, connected by lobbies and subways still untouched like in the Middle Ages. Here the perfume of tradition echoes inside the old barns used as stalls, where you can enter and breath the most authentic Christmas atmosphere, the real one! Local handicraft (handmade works by artisans and dabblers) and loads of delicacies to taste, like the queen of Canale di Tenno, the carne salada!

Christmas as you have never lived before starts here, in Canale di Tenno. Amid old crafts and perfumes and colours of a gone past that live again in every beautiful glimpse, breathing the real Christmas has never been so easy.

You only need to flash up together with us, living the most awaited holiday of the year in Arco and Canale di Tenno already in November. The beauty of Garda Trentino will make you live the rest of the Christmas magic.

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