Christmas magic in Brescia: where the Christmas atmosphere intertwines with the festivities in the city

Brescia hosts a rich schedule of events to spend the Christmas holidays amidst music, performances, and many surprises!

Buon Natale Brescia 2023 is the showcase of beautiful events organized for the city of Brescia, which, let’s loudly remember, is also the Italian Capital of Culture this year, along with Bergamo.
From November 26, 2023, to January 7, 2024, you will be immersed in a fabulous year-end atmosphere, with secret corners to discover, plenty of music, and intriguing initiatives for all tastes and ages. Palaces adorned for the festivities, alleys and squares ready for an exciting journey: Brescia offers a world of wonders to explore in the heart of the holidays!

Event schedule not to be missed

LA STRADA WINTER: December 3, 2023, from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Contemporary circus performances and street theater in the historic center, outdoors.

MUSIC IN THE CITY: December 8, 2023

BALLERINI E SUONATORI DI PONTE CAFFARO: 4:30 PM Piazza del Foro – 5:00 PM Paolo VI – 5:30 PM X Giornate – 5:45 PM Zanardelli

THE CHRISTMAS SONGS: from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Traveling concert of classic Christmas tradition songs, featuring solos, gospel choir, jazz trio, and orchestra. 9:00 PM Teatro San Barnaba – Musical show with free admission until seats are filled.

BUSKER: Piazza Paolo VI and Piazzetta del Vescovado

LETTURE A PALAZZO (Readings at the Palace) curated by Somebody Teatro – at Palazzo Facchi, Corso Giacomo Matteotti, 74 – at 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM – Information and reservations:

SAPORI DI NATALE: December 9, 2023, from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Free tasting of panettone and bossolà, open to the public, from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM under the portico of Piazza Vittoria.

ARIA DI FESTA: December 10, 2023, from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Street art, music, magic, and theater through the streets of the historic center.

MUSIC IN THE CITY: December 10, 2023

BUSKER: Piazza Vittoria, Corso Palestro, Piazza Paolo VI.

LETTURE A PALAZZO (Readings at the Palace) curated by Somebody Teatro – at Palazzo Facchi, Corso Giacomo Matteotti, 74 – at 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM – Information and reservations:

COMPAGNIA DE SONADUR E BALARÌ DI BAGOLINO: from 6:30 PM – Traveling concert starting from the steps of the Theater.

THE TWINS DINNER – The Twin Cities Dinner: December 13, 2023, at 7:30 PM

Diocesan Museum of Brescia – Via Gasparo da Salò 13. As part of the promotion of food and wine heritage, the Municipality of Brescia, in collaboration with the twinned cities of Darmstadt (Germany), Logroño (Spain), Bethlehem (Palestine), and Troyes (France), organizes an evening open to the public dedicated to the friendship between the five cities, typical local dishes and products, and the value of culture. Participation requires reservation and a contribution of 50 euros, which includes a guided tour of the masterpieces of the Diocesan Museum. Information and reservations:

MUSIC IN THE CITY: December 17, 2023, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

MUSICANDOTwo stages in Corso Zanardelli and Piazza Loggia – Monte di Pietà, will host the students of the city’s music schools with performances of Christmas repertoire.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: December 20, 2023, at 9:00 PM

Orchestras and Choirs “Musical-mente” – Teatro S. Giulia – Via Quinta, 4 – Villaggio Prealpino (Brescia).

CHRISTMAS NOTES: December 24, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM


PIAZZETTA DEL VESCOVADO – ROCKIN’ CHRISTMAS – THE HULA BABY. A rock-filled Christmas, with classics and new interpretations, featuring a cohesive quartet of musicians.

CORSO ZANARDELLI – NATALE PER QUATTRO – Gruppo Quattro Senza. Four a cappella voices, blending swing and barbershop, reinterpret Christmas classics.


VIA X GIORNATE – STORIE DI NATALE. Four surprise gift packages, four Christmas stories for the little ones.

Vintage Carousel and Ice Rink – in Piazza Mercato from December 2, 2023, to January 7, 2024

Themed Markets

L’HO FATTO TUTTO IO: December 8, 2023, in Piazza Vittoria. Artistic craftsmanship show-market – curated by Associazione Le Fate Ignoranti.

MEGLIO BIO IN PIAZZA: December 10, 2023, in Largo Formentone. Show-market of local organic products – curated by Associazione La Buona Terra.

MAKERS HUB MARKET: December 17, from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM c/o MO.CA. A charming Christmas market bringing together 30 craft exhibitors, offering a wide range of unique gifts. Guests will be immersed in the Christmas atmosphere, with food, beverages, and good music.

CAMPAGNA AMICA: December 17, 2023, in Largo Formentone. Show-market of local agricultural products – curated by Associazione Agrimercato.

Babysitting service during shopping and cultural visits

A safe and lively place where qualified educators from the ABIBOOK Cooperative will entertain children aged 3/4 to 8/9 with board games, book-related games, readings, individual exploration of Christmas-themed books, and ample drawing space. The service, promoted by the DUC – Urban Commerce District, will be active in Piazzetta Bruno Boni starting from December 8 for all weekends until December 31, from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Reservation is recommended via WhatsApp message at the number: 351 9181128.

New Year’s Eve in the Center!

  • From 8:00 PM – NEW YEAR’S EVE IN CASTLE with We Love Castello
  • 9:30 PM – MA PER FORTUNA CHE C’ERA IL GABER. Journey through unpublished and memories of Mr. G – Teatro Sociale
  • 10:00 PM – FEDRA ENSEMBLE – Auditorium San Barnaba
  • From 9:00 PM – NEW YEAR’S EVE IN PIAZZA – from 10:30 PM MR RAIN in concert – Piazza Loggia

For December 31, 2023, an extension of the metro service until 2:00 AM is planned.

Full and detailed program here ⤵️

The Christmas holidays in Brescia are teeming with many other events! Click here to view them all.

For further information and insights, we refer you to the website (click here).

Brescia confirms itself as a place where the warmth of traditions merges with the lively energy of all proposed events, giving anyone who immerses themselves in it a Christmas experience full of emotions, dreams, and unforgettable beauty.
Have a nice time in Brescia dear Outdoors!
Silvia Turazza – Garda Outdoors Editorial Team

Silvia Turazza

According to the art of onomancy, the meaning of my name is described as follows: "it lives in the woods, sylvan and wild". Sometimes fate knows the way before you, and forges you with the most akin experiences. I live in the heart of Lake Garda in Castelletto di Brenzone. Passionate about trekking, photography and writing, which I combine in small adventures. If you are looking for me, you will find me in the forest overlooking the lake... with my Roberto and Gea.