Christmas market in Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy

The Christmas market in Bolzano, in the South Tyrol, is the largest in Italy. Due to its very special charm, this market attracts a crowd of visitors in Walther Square, beautifully decorated for this season. Bolzano, compared to other European cities is one of the best destinations during the romantic Christmas’ season.
For about a month, the Christmas spirit invades the streets and alleys of the capital city of the South Tyrol, surrounded by the glow of lights and romantic, flickering candles, a moment to wrap it in a magical light.
When Mother Nature is doing its job and covers the city of Bolzano with a soft white snow, then the magic of the winter at the foot of the Cathedral of Bolzano is perfect. You can visit it on a group trip, in couple or with your family and your children, the Christmas market in Bolzano offers magical moments for you and your loved ones.
This year there are 80 exhibitors, 8 partners, 3 food stands and a small market for children.
At the foot of the large Christmas tree we find a nativity scene in true rustic alpine version there: the Holy family with oxen and asses inside a barn in miniatures, reproduced with antique wooden and shingle roof, just as farms or mountain huts. Different stalls, in the form of a small house, exposing objects of their own production always strictly local, according to strict regulations: figurines, wooden decorations, accessories (slippers and hats), traditional clothes of the stationery to the small musical instruments, candles and Christmas statues which are decorated with handmade ornaments. The craft is 30% of the exposure.

Tips

This year the Christmas market is from November 23rd, 2017 to January 6th, 2018, from 10 :00 to 19 :00 except on December 24th and 25th which is closed. December 31st is open, but the hours are from 10:00 to 18:00, and for January 1st from 12:00 to 19:00.
The ideal is to arrive in the morning and spend the whole day in the city. In the market, you can participate in the tasting of various products directly from the producers on the spot. There are always fresh and tasty products ranging from hot wine to the apple pancake or delicious hot strudel and apple juice.
For lunch, you will find many restaurants, cafes and bars. And of course, you can not miss eating a pastry tasty and fragrant, packed by the expert hands of which keeps the secrets of the recipes.
For children you have the electric train trips, the ride on the carousel, the puppet show and they can travel in a car on the streets of the old town.
There are tours organized from several cities to spend just the day at the market.
The market, with all its magic, is unforgettable!