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Bolzano Christmas market

...see you in 2021!

We tried hard, we studied all the possible scenarios, we strongly believed that we could, with all due precautions, organize the Christmas Market, but in light of the evolution of the epidemiological situation, it was decided to cancel the 5 Original South Tyrol Christmas Markets. A difficult but necessary choice.
After 29 years there will not be a Christmas Market in Bolzano, but we are already working to give the city the magic, lights, scents and warmth of Advent.

Every year this awaited event is aimed at rediscovering the traditions that, in South Tyrol, 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 many 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 South Tyrol.

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

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