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2019 Winter Events in Verona

Winter Events in Verona

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Looking for winter events in Verona? Check out our picks! 

It’s true: Verona is a beautiful city at any time of year. But visiting Verona in the winter you will surely have an unforgettable experience.

Without the spring and summer crowds, you can savor the experience of walking the cobblestone streets unimpeded, and soak up the history and culture effortlessly. 

The twinkling holiday lights and winter decor makes winter Verona travel even more magical.

However, winter events in Verona are not exclusively about Christmas—take in the ballet and the opera, art exhibitions, and winter sports. During your Verona travel, take a day trip to Venice, Lake Garda, or the Valpolicella wine region.

Check out our list of recommended activities and events to help you prepare for your winter holiday in Verona.


2019 Winter Events in Verona and surrounding areas

Winter Events in Verona at Teatro Filarmonico

Opera and classical music is performed in the historic Arena di Verona year-round. It’s a stunning setting to immerse yourself in the beauty of music and theater. The 2019 season runs from October 11 until New Year’s Eve. For more information and tickets, visit www.arena.it/

Below are a few personal recommendations from us, though many others exist. Leave us a note in comments on your favorites! 

Viaggio in Italia  (Journey To Italy) 

Date: October 11 to December 31

A classical music performance with music by masters like Puccini, Verdi, and others. 

Madame Butterfly 

Date: December 15 to 22

A Japanese tragedy written by Puccini. Seeing it performed in a 2000-year-old Roman theater is truly spectacular.  Conducted by Francesco Ommassini. Tickets start at 24 euros.

Concerto di Capodanno (New Year’s Eve Concert)

Date: January 1, 2020

Start the new year with beautiful music by Puccini, Verdi, Mascagni. Conducted by Francesco Ommassini with the Arena di Verona Chorus. Tickets start at 50 euros.

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Winter Events in Verona at Teatro Nuovo

The Saint Petersburg Ballet presents: Swan Lake

Date: January 1, 2020

Location: Teatro Nuovo, Piazza Viviani 11, Verona

Ring in the New Year at the ballet – and not just any ballet, but one of the best known with the flagship performance from the Saint Petersburg Ballet. 

Swan Lake, a classic tale of good and evil is perhaps the most famous ballet in the world today. It is a triumph of love. Music by Tchaikovsky, choreography by Marius Petipa. Tickets start at 25 euros. For tickets, click here

Winter Events in Verona: Antiques Market

Verona Antiquaria is the monthly market featuring antiques, collectibles and vintage, and modern items. It takes place on the second Sunday of the month (except August). The market, located in the San Zeno district, is open from 8 am to 5 pm, November to March, and 8 am to 6 pm April to October. For more information, visit www.veronantiquaria.it

Location: Piazza San Zeno, Piazza Corrubbio, Piazza Pozza, Via S. Procolo, Via Lenotti and Via Porta San Zeno.


winter verona walking tour

Winter Edition: Verona Tour (Food, Wine, Culture)

If you are in town for the holiday season, join us for our popular  Verona walking tour, complete with food, wine, and cultural history.

During the winter months, we incorporate seasonal food and wine tastings — try the famous Veronese Christmas cake, taste some bubbly Prosecco, and enjoy a glass of rich Amarone wine.

For details and to book, click here.


Winter Events in Verona: Christmas Markets and Nativities

There is no shortage of Christmas markets in Verona and neighboring Veneto cities. You could easily spend several days simply shopping in the Christmas markets and discovering beautiful nativities throughout the area.

Chriskindlmarkt of Nuremberg in Verona

Date: November 16 to December 26

Location: Piazza dei Signori, Verona  

One of the most popular markets in Verona, now in its 11th year, is this authentic German Christmas market. More than 80 vendors offer food and wine specialties, like gluhwein (a warm red wine with cinnamon and other Christmasy spices), warm pretzels and schnitzel, and hand-crafted products made of wood, glass, and ceramics. Admission is free. For more information, click here


Verona Christmas

Holiday Gift Baskets From Verona!

Give Verona flavors this season with holiday gift baskets created by your friends at Romeo and Juliet Guide.

 Our Taste of Verona Gift Box features the region’s celebrated Amarone and Prosecco wines, extra virgin olive oil, and traditional Panettone cake.

Our Verona Masterpiece Gift Box also includes Panettone cake and extra virgin olive oil with two Amarone wines.

Finally, our Amarone Collection Gift Box is perfect for wine lovers. This must-have collection features six Amarone wines (vintages 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 ) — signed by Pietro dal Cero.  

Order our Verona Christmas baskets for a taste of the season at your home (global shipping).


Christmas Market in Bardolino 

Date:  November 24 to January 6, 2020

The nearby city of Bardolino boasts a market directly on the lakeshore. The Venetian town transforms itself into a splendid Christmas village where you can experience many unique events. Don’t miss the musical fireworks on Lake Garda, which takes place this year with the lighting of luminarias. Admission is free. For more information, click here.

Christmas Market in Malcesine 

Date: December 7 to January 6, 2020

Sixty kilometers / thirty-seven miles from Verona, between Lake Garda and Monte Baldo, there is a small village called Malcesine has been carrying out a unique Christmas event that for years, called: the “Elf Market”.

The Scaliger Castle – the symbol of the city – is the backdrop with jugglers, puppeteers, and sculptors. In the historic squares, classic stalls are set up with traditional sweets and original gift ideas, as well as a playground with a skating rink. In the historic center of Malcesine it is also possible to walk along the “via dei Presepi” to admire the Siora Veronica sailing ship. Admission is free. For more information, click here.    

Also worth seeing: the floating nativity in the hamlet of Cassone, only 2.5 miles from Malcesine. For information, click here.  

Underwater Nativity Peschiera del Garda, Lake Garda

Date: December 8 to January 7, 2o2o 

Peschiera del Garda was a walled city in ancient times–the remains of these walls rise from the canal where you will find a unique nativity the  Presepe del Lago. The best time to see it is in the evening when the underwater lights illuminate the nativity. The best viewing point is Ponte San Giovanni. All of the twenty-six statuettes of the nativity are life-sized. On Christmas Eve, divers emerge carrying the newborn baby Jesus. Admission is free. For more information, click here or email [email protected].

36th International Exhibition of Nativity Scenes Verona

Date: November 16 to January 19, 2020

View 400 Nativity Scenes from all over the world. In 2000, Unesco promoted the construction of the International Nativity Museum at the Arena. For more information, click here.

The program runs 9:00 am until 8:00 pm Tickets are 7 euros; a reduced price of 6 euros per person for groups of 20 or more, 65+, children ages 6-12. Children under 6 years of age are free

And, there you have it! Our top picks for winter events in Verona.

We’ll be here during the holiday season and would love to share some of these holiday drenched sites with you. Don’t miss our Verona walking tour. All our wine tours run in the winter months – great for entertainment and holiday shopping. And, don’t miss our last post on Verona holiday traditions to learn more about the holidays here.

If we missed any of your favorite winter events in Verona, drop us a note below!