Do-It-Yourself Christmas - Original artwork and workshops for everyone
There are many books and websites that give advice and information about how to create Christmas decorations and ornaments. Recipes for cookies and cakes turn out to be among the most searched for. But it's never quite the same as having someone – whether teacher, craftsman or chef – explain in person what to do, what to use, where potential problems may lie, and maybe even give you the recipe for Grandma's cookies!
To this end, the five Original South Tyrol Christmas Markets are all set up and ready to offer the Christmas Workshops to anyone, big or small, who would like to participate. This year, in addition to the traditional courses on how to prepare Zelten fruitcake and make an Advent wreath, the market at Brunico/Bruneck will also offer a course in preparing Tirtlan, a type of pancake typical to the Pustertal Valley that is stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese, sauerkraut or potatoes, as well as a workshop in making felt Christmas angels. There will also be special courses for children on how to make cookies and bake bread.
Recycled and natural materials take center stage at the Christmas Workshop in Merano/Meran, where adults can unleash their creativity and create decorative objects and gifts using various techniques. The little ones will have fun playing games and doing crafts in the little house dedicated to them, which will be located at Piazza della Rena.
At the market in Bolzano/Bozen, there will be entertainment for children offered daily, in addition to courses on creating decorations and gifts. A variety of workshops for adults will be held in the Parish Centre every Saturday afternoon.
In Vipiteno/Sterzing and Bressanone/Brixen, the focus will be on traditional crafts for adults and children alike: how to make bread and cookies, working with felt and building a crèche.
Local handicrafts certainly represent one of the strengths that make the Original Markets truly original. Though the stalls and stands naturally offer many items that are ready to purchase, it is truly intriguing to see the expert artisans in person as they perform the intricate work required in creating these types of crafts.
In Brunico/Bruneck an entire pavilion will welcome the valley’s artisans, featuring crafts like handmade candles, decorations made of natural materials and herbal pillows.
In Merano, there will be a wooden house wholly dedicated to artisans who will take turns working wood, stone, leather, wax and felt during specific hours of operation.
Members of the Südtiroler Werkstätten cooperative, or Artigiani Atesini in Italian, will take turns presenting their trades every day during the opening hours of the Bolzano Christmas Market.
In Vipiteno, local artisans will demonstrate how to make hand-woven baskets between 16 and 22 December.
There are three events featuring different artisans scheduled in Piazza Duomo in Bressanone (29 November; 14 and 21 December).