Bolzano Christmas market
The Christmas Market opens its doors for the 26th time on 24th November at 5pm. Inkeeping with tradition, it will repeat the formula of 80 exhibitors, 8 partners, 3 gastronomy stalls and a small market dedicated to children, guests and fellow citizens, until 6th January 2017.
Each year this awaited event is aimed at rediscovering the traditions that, in Alto Adige, are hidden behind the four weeks of the Advent, in anticipation of the most beautiful festival of the year that evolves through rituals and traditions lost in the dark ages.
There is a strong link with family traditions: the festive decorations on the white tree, the nativity, the advent crown, the scented cakes and confectionery made week after week by the expert hands of those who keep their secret recipes and tricks.
Behind these commercial activities is the tradition of exchanging gifts amongst young and old, the attention to detail in decorating the home and setting the festive table. It is worth remembering the Nuremberg Christmas Market that, 24 years ago, gave the residents of Bolzano the secrets to a good outcome in organizing and planning.
A traditional market, yet always novel for the small but significant touches, the surprises and renewed traditions that seemed to have sunk into oblivion.
Underneath the Christmas tree the nativity returns in real rustic alpine style: the Holy Family with cow and donkey inside a real miniature stable, made in old wood and shingle roof like mountain farms and huts. The house-shaped stalls exhibit only locally produced objects, according to strict regulations: from wooden statuettes to decorations, from traditional cakes and confectionery to accessories (slippers and hats), from stationery to musical instruments, decorative candles, and hand-crafted Christmas balls.
Piazza Walther has a dedicated indoor space where the craftsmen can be watched while they create their crafts. This initiative is organized in collaboration with the Craftsmen of Alto Adige.
Gastronomy also continues to attract the attention and curiosity, with fresh products on the various market stalls: from mulled wine to apple fritters, from apple juice to Strudel, and children will not forget their first encounter with the Market: the miniature train, the merry-go-round, the puppet theatre, the horse-drawn carriage through the streets of the city or the market stalls with kids' entertainment.
Green Event: the Christmas Market of Bolzano continues its way as certificated Green Event,