Bolzano Christmas Market

Bolzano Christmas Market
Bolzano is the largest city of the Italian province of South Tyrol. South Tyrol is located in northern Italy and borders with Austria and Switzerland. No wonder that the Bolzano Christmas market is very similar to Christmas markets held in these countries (in fact, Christmas markets originated in Germany, Austria, South Tyrol and eastern France). It is even sometimes referred to as Christkindlmarkt (“Christmas market” in German).

The Bolzano Christmas Market is held in Piazza Walther (Walter Square, named after the poet Walther von der Vogelweide). It offers a wide array of locally produced Christmas goods such as Christmas decorations made of wood, glass and ceramics, felted toys and souvenirs, handmade knitted caps, scarves, mittens and socks, carved figurines, handmade candles, etc.

The market’s food stalls offer traditional Christmas treats, from Strudel to apple fritters, from apple juice to spicy mulled wine. Delicious cakes and confectionery sold at the market are made by the expert hands of those who keep their recipes and tricks secret, passing them down from generation to generation.

The market usually starts in mid- or late November and runs through early January, typically closing on Three Kings’ Day (the feast of Epiphany) celebrated on January 6. It offers a rich and diverse entertainment program featuring live performances that take place on weekend.

Every day, artisans and craftsmen from all over South Tyrol host practical demonstrations and hands-on workshops for everyone who’s interested. There are special activities and attractions for kids such as puppet performances, fairground rides, pony rides, and a train ride. One of the market’s main attractions is a beautiful nativity scene featuring the Holy Family with donkey and cow inside a real miniature stable.

The Bolzano Christmas Market isn’t particularly old, it was founded in 1991. However, it has since grown to become the largest Christmas market in Italy. Every year, it attracts thousands of tourists from all over the country and abroad. According to the organizers, the key to success is very simple: 80 beautifully adorned wooden chalets for exhibitors, carefully selected goods of the highest quality, excellent music and entertainment.

Bolzano Christmas Market




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