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South Tyrol

The magic of Christmas markets comes to Alpine Italy every year, the regions of Alto Adige (South Tyrol/Süd Tirol) and Trentino in particular offer a myriad of festive markets for the delight of all visitors. Here are some of them:

Bolzano/Bozen- Mediterranean Christmas:

23 Nov - 6 Jan 2018

Bolzano is home to South Tyrol’s largest Christmas market. It’s held in the Waltherplatz square and though the whole square is a dazzling spectacle of light, the historical Old Town around the square is also a glorious sight before Christmas – lovingly decorated and at its most picturesque. Don’t miss the town hall square with its Christmas display of handicrafts, the Silbergasse street and the Kornplatz square with its charity market, and the famous arches with their traditional shops. But what makes it all so magical is the special mix of the traditional conservative values of the Alps and the easy-going Mediterranean lifestyle. Children will be enchanted by the varied programme at the children’s Christmas market on the Musterplatz square, whilst the grownups can relax over a glass of mulled wine in the atmospheric courtyard of the Palais Campofranco. Another irresistible attraction is the Waltherplatz square with its varied range of concerts and readings, not forgetting the plethora of Christmas gifts and culinary delights on offer. You should definitely sample the Zelten, a traditional fruitcake, with its delicious aroma of cinnamon and carnations.

Venue Piazza Walther/Waltherplatz

24 Nov - 6 Jan 2018

25th Dec: closed

The Bressanone Christmas market is held against the magnificent backdrop of the Domplatz square, which features the cathedral, St. Michael’s Parish Church and the town hall. If you’re looking for some really special presents for friends and family, you’ll find lots of great ideas amongst the handmade Christmas decorations and wood carvings displayed on the stands. And if it’s a tasty morsel you’re after, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the wide range of sweet and savoury South Tyrolean delicacies ranging from speck-flavoured dumplings with cabbage to Kaiserschmarrn, shredded pancakes. Children won’t believe their eyes when they see the historic steam carousel and people of all ages will love a gentle horse-drawn carriage ride and an exciting tour through the wintry Old Town of Bressanone. Afterwards you can warm yourself up with a mulled wine or hot apple juice and let the joyful Christmas mood work its magic. Or you could take a stroll to the Hofburg, the mighty former residence of Bressanone’s prince-bishops, which is home to the Diözesanmuseum with an impressive collection of cribs and other treasures.


24 Nov - 6 Jan 2018
Closed: 25th December all day

Venue: Piazza della Rena/Sandplatz & Piazza Terme/Thermenplatz & Passeggiata Lungopassirio/ Passer Promenade

Relish contemplative moments while rejuvenating body and soul. Discover traditional handicrafts at the Christmas market and savour local sweetmeats. A wealth of attractions for children! A festival for the senses and leisure, enveloped in the magical pre-Christmas atmosphere of Merano.
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How to say "Merry Christmas" in Italian:
Buone Feste Natalizie

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