Lake Como in Christmas period
From December 7th to January 7th, 2024, Cernobbio will host the 30th edition of "La Città dei Balocchi," a format created by the Consorzio Como Turistica.
This project involves the creation of a coordinated program of events across Cernobbio to make the city more lively and provide opportunities for gatherings, leisure, and cultural activities for residents and tourists.
It starts at Villa Bernasconi, the cultural heart of Cernobbio and “Città dei Balocchi.”
Visitors will follow an enchanting path of lights through the city streets to reach the Advent Calendar, created with artificial intelligence, and then proceed to the Christmas village in Riva, the hub of city life.
This will feature the Christmas Market, an ice skating rink, the Christmas tree, lighting installations, animations, and entertainment, creating a festive atmosphere.
The lakeside promenade will be illuminated by a grand Christmas tree and numerous lights, creating a magical atmosphere. Piazza Risorgimento will also feature the Advent Calendar.
The Holographic Nativity Scene is a new and unique way to experience the traditional Nativity.
Christmas events for kids
The project includes the creation of Christmas lighting primarily using eco-friendly materials with low energy consumption and environmental impact in the following locations:
- Villa Bernasconi: Architectural projection with colorful mapping.
- Municipal Palace: Illumination with colorful light effects that, as night falls, will give the Municipality a new appearance.
- Riva – Facades in Piazza Risorgimento: Advent Calendar, an interactive projection show that will transform the hotel facade into a gigantic virtual advent calendar using video generated with the help of Artificial Intelligence. Every evening, at the scheduled time, 24 magical windows, each corresponding to one of the days leading to Christmas, will light up with light shows and projections, creating an enchanting atmosphere.
- Riva – Piazza Risorgimento: Lighting of the lakeside trees with light effects.
- Riva – Piazza Risorgimento: Luminous art installations, each creating a small photo set; LED gift packages in vivid colors will offer visitors the opportunity to take cute souvenir photos. These luminous artworks add a touch of creativity to the atmosphere and encourage visitors to capture and share the beauty of Cernobbio on their social profiles.
- Riva – Piazza Risorgimento: Lighting of the Navigation Lakes Pier.
- Historic Center: Diffused lighting.
CHRISTMAS FOR CHILDREN ON LAKE COMO
Within the event calendar, numerous initiatives will be proposed, including workshops, theatrical performances, and educational moments dedicated to children in Cernobbio’s schools, from early childhood to middle school, and for the general public, both children and adults, on weekends. These initiatives can be summarized as follows:
- “The Wonders of the Christmas Sky”
- Workshops such as “Tulle and the Lumberjack”
- Puppet shows
- Nutritional education meetings
- Workshops on art, botany, and artificial intelligence
- Themed artistic workshops
- Saddle baptism
- Street artists
- Circus Navigando
- Scout CNGEI workshop
The magical Santa’s sleigh will make an appearance, while other entertainment and show initiatives are still being defined.
The Christmas tree will be placed on the lakeside, and a lighting ceremony will take place at Riva (Piazza Risorgimento), where the Christmas market will also be located.