Bolzano Christmas markets

Bolzano Christmas markets: dates and events

We are now in the midst of Christmas, but if there is a city that is even more interesting to visit during this period, it is, without a shadow of a doubt, Bolzano. The South Tyrolean capital stands in a fairytale setting and is embellished with various architectures that seem to have been designed by the hands of an artist. For this reason, when the spotlights come on everything becomes even more magical, and the atmosphere is made more special thanks also to the many activities to do.

The Christmas market in Bolzano

From November 23rd to January 6th it is possible to participate in the Christmas market, the traditional Christmas Market now in its 32nd edition. Guardian of the beautiful wooden chalets is a huge tree illuminated by over 1300 lights – called the “Wish Tree” – which was decorated for the occasion, thanks to the Foundation Lene Thun, by beautiful decorations, symbols of dreams and hope that reproduce the works created by children and young people treated in hospitals during ceramic therapy workshops.

But it certainly doesn’t end there, because the truth is that in Bolzano the magic of Christmas invades the whole city: there is a great celebration of lights practically everywhere, decorations, trees, choirs and notes of alpine horn players, songs Christmas and children’s laughter. And then there are those smells that make the whole Christmas atmosphere live to the fullest. We are talking about the scent of cinnamon and spices, mountain wood, homemade desserts and mulled wine.

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Yes, these days Bolzano is the set of a winter fairy tale and ready to welcome anyone who decides to visit it to experience the city with joy and emotion from dawn to dusk.

In addition to the main square where 65 wooden chalets have been set up and the Christmas Park (Alcide Berloffa Park) which is the cradle of another 32 stands, the Market can also be found in the nearby courtyard of Palais Campofranco with its gigantic Ginkgo biloba and the small squares between the medieval houses of the historic center (Piazza del Grano and Piazza del Municipio) with a calendar full of events: from musical programs in various parts of the centre, in the Dominican cloister and in the Cathedral, to electric train which – from 10 am to 4 pm – allows you to enjoy the city from Piazza Walther to Piazza Gries and back, to the many artistic and cultural events that make Bolzano is one of the most desirable destinations to experience Christmas at 360°.

Bolzano’s artistic Christmas

It’s an artistic Christmas that lights up the streets of Bolzano. In Piazza della Mostra, for example, the THUN mountain chalet enchants adults and children and welcomes all guests with its warm and cozy atmosphere, the festively decorated scented wood, the lights with a thousand shades and all the THUN creations in decorated ceramic by hand.

Mercantile Palacehowever, is the home of the eighth edition of A Christmas of Booksa cultural catwalk where famous writers follow one another to present their latest best-sellers.

Contemporary art also finds space in the program of “Bolzano Città degli Angeli” with the usual “Angelus Loci” project, with the artistic direction of FranzLAB: in four places in the city it is possible to admire original site-specific installations created by local artists, each of whom has chosen different materials and forms to represent their “angel of the place”.

Then every Saturday, at 11 am, BZ Heartbeat presents the ice show “The Nutcracker” in collaboration with Bolzano On Ice in the beautiful skating rink set up in the Town Hall square. While Piazza del Grano hosts the usual solidarity market.

Children’s Christmas

In Bolzano these days it’s a big party for children too because, to be perfectly honest, this is their party. For this reason, the city is filled with initiatives dedicated to them. In the Christmas Park, for example, the little ones can admire the magical Christmas Star which enchants every year with its grandeur and its thousand lights.

As per tradition, they can make a fun ride on the carousel riding a magical horse, a ride on the electric train in Piazza Walther, taking part in the puppet theater or ice skating or in the many creative activities and workshops dedicated to them: every Wednesday, for example, in the courtyard of Palais Campofranco, from 3pm to 5pm, a workshop is held in which children, assisted by qualified staff, learn to create small Christmas angels with their own hands to take home.

Not just markets

One of Bolzano’s riches is without a doubt its importance museum heritage. A visit to the Christmas Market, therefore, can be transformed into a fun cultural experience to discover the city’s museums with the “Find & Win” initiative.

The Company of Stay and Tourism and the museums of Bolzano invite everyone to discover the artistic side of the city through a sort of “treasure hunt” by searching for some QR codes hidden in the various museums: you just need to scan them to access a quiz and take part in the draw for one of the numerous prizes up for grabs. Furthermore, by visiting museums you also get the Museum Passportcomplete with a stamp for each exhibition visited.

Furthermore, the houses of the Bolzano Christmas Market are committed to the environment and respect for nature. The original South Tyrolean markets are synonymous with the use of regional and low environmental impact products, effective waste management, energy saving and sustainable mobility.

To therefore experience these days in a more ecological and environmentally friendly way, guests are also invited to reach the market by train. Furthermore, the dedicated brochures are printed on 100% recycled paper, the cutlery and crockery are reusable, the use of canned drinks is avoided and the food stands offer seasonal, regional, vegetarian foods and drinks with organic ingredients and only bottled water. glass with the “Mercatino di Bolzano” brand.

And taste is the last thing we want to talk to you about, because a visit to the Bolzano market also becomes an excellent opportunity to savor the typical and genuine local dishes. Desserts such as Lebkuchen, apple fritters, biscuits, Zelten and Stollen are the masters, accompanied by mulled wine, apple juice and hot chocolate.

But in addition to the food stands, it is also worth stopping at the city restaurants where excellent chefs work. Among the wooden chalets offering speck and cured meats from Alto Adige, there are also this year the Wine Lounge, with a selection of native wines but also typical sparkling wines from Alto Adige, and the stand dedicated to grappa and spirits at Parco Berloffa.

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