Merano Christmas Market

Merano Christmas Market
Merano is the second largest city in the Italian autonomous province of South Tyrol. South Tyrol was part of the Austro-Hungarian County of Tyrol until annexation by Italy in 1918, so a lot of local traditions remind of that of Austria and Germany. For example, the Merano Christmas market is modeled after German and Austrian Christkindlmärkte. Known for its unique holiday atmosphere and traditions, the annual Christmas market in Merano attract tourists from all over the country and abroad.

Although the tradition of German-style Christmas markets in South Tyrol is very old, the Merano Christmas market in its modern form was founded in the late 1980s. It is held annually in the city’s historical center, attracting thousands of visitors. The market opens in late November and lasts until January 6 (the feast of Epiphany, also known as Three King’s Day). For a month and a half, the city center is full of delicious smells, bright lights and festive music.

The market opens with a festive ceremony featuring city officials and guest performers. After the grand opening, the market opens every day at 10 am. Commercial stalls close around 7 pm, while food stalls remain open until 9 pm or 10.30 pm (on Fridays and Saturdays). However, there are several exceptions. The market closes early on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and Three Kings’ Day, and remains closed throughout Christmas Day.

The Merano Christmas market gives the unique opportunity to learn about Christmas traditions of South Tyrol. It features over 80 stalls and booths that offer a wide range of traditional Christmas gifts such as Christmas tree decorations, handmade candles and candlesticks, knitwear, wooden nutcracker dolls and nativity figurines, etc. Of course, there are food stalls offering delicious Christmas treats (apple strudel, krapfen, speck) and hot drinks to keep your warm.

The Merano Christmas market, like the rest of South Tyrol Christmas markets, is certified as a Green Event. It means that it is planned, organized and carried out in accordance with environmentally friendly criteria. The main criteria are: use of reusable dishes; energy conservation; food made with organic ingredients; well-organized waste management; use of FSC-certified paper and climate-neutral printing for brochures; environmentally friendly mobility; limited use of beverage cans.

The market’s entertainment program is rich and diverse. Its main attractions include an ice skating rink, live performances, Christmas workshops, fairground rides, ice shows, exhibitions, Parade of the Krampus, horse-drawn carriages, and more. Of course, Santa Claus visits the market regularly and interacts with the youngest visitors.

Merano Christmas Market




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