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The best Christmas markets in South Tyrol

From 24 November 2023 to 6 January 2024

At the original South Tyrolean Christmas markets, you can enjoy the Christmas season. As a change from your skiing or hiking holiday, get into the Christmas spirit with a stroll through the historic alleys and squares of Bolzano/Bozen, Meran/Merano, Brixen/Bressanone, Sterzing/Vipiteno and Bruneck/Brunico. High-quality handicrafts and homemade specialities make a visit to one of the five original South Tyrolean Christmas markets an unforgettable experience.

The original South Tyrolean Christmas Markets are a certified “Green Event“: they promote sustainability, local products and authenticity. You can reach the Christmas markets very conveniently and in an environmentally friendly way by bus and train. Thanks to the Südtirol Guest Pass you can use all forms of public transport with just one ticket.

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From family-run bed and breakfasts to chic designer hotels and flats complete with roof terraces... Choose your favourite accommodation during your visit to the South Tyrolean Christmas markets and let yourself be spoilt by the extraordinary mix of tradition, modernity and South Tyrolean hospitality.

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By train

The most convenient way to reach South Tyrol's Christmas markets? By train! If you take a seat on our trains, you won't have to worry about long traffic jams or parking lots. On December 8, 9 and 10 you can also get on a direct train from Milan to the Original Christmas Markets in Bolzanon, Brixen, Franzensfeste and Sterzing, Meran and Bruneck. If you are of the idea of getting to South Tyrol by train , from the 24th of November until the 6th of January, you can win a fine selection of typical South Tyrolean products every day.

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Bolzano/Bozen Christmas market

The Original South Tyrolean Christmas Market welcomes you in Bolzano's piazza Walther square

It was the winter of 1991, when the first Christmas market was held in South Tyrol. It took place at the heart of Bolzano, in piazza Walther square, where the Cathedral and the marble monument portraying minstrel Walther von der Vogelweide are ever-present landmarks during Bolzano's Christmas markets . Located in South Tyrol's capital, it's the oldest and largest Christmas market in the region. With more than 70 stands laying out handcrafted products and local foods, a varied program with shows and concerts, the festively decorated Christmas tree and the joy-filled eyes of children, the old center of Bolzano becomes a fairytale during Advent.

Meran/Merano Christmas market

The Original South Tyrolean Christmas Market along the cure promenade in Meran 

Meran's architecture merges different styles and attracts art and culture enthusiasts to what is known as the "spa town": Medieval arcades, charming Art Nouveau villas, the minimalism of modernity. Held in front of Meran Kurhaus, the Christmas market is in a gorgeous setting. Stroll through the illuminated stalls and stop at one of the delicious food stands to try hot drinks, traditional dishes and snacks that will make you feel warm. Are you already thinking about a relaxing day at the thermal baths? A few yards away from the market, the Terme di Merano thermal baths await you. Cross the beautiful pedestrian bridge and spend a restful day.

Brixen/Bressanone Christmas market

The Original South Tyrolean Christmas Market in Brixen combines baroque, craftmaship and the art of light

Two towers of a Baroque Cathedral overlook the Brixen Christmas market and bring an historical value to the town's Christmas experience. Together with Bolzano's Christmas market, it's South Tyrol's oldest. It unites local crafts and culinary businesses around the glittering Christmas tree installed in the centre of the square. Your eyes will be laid on warm felt slippers, handmade ceramics and creative gift ideas, while your palate will be delighted with local dishes. Choose from award-winning Alto Adige Valle Isarco wines, spiced mulled wine or traditiona foods. You can also take part in the light and music show "Colors. A Homage to pace" which will be projected upon the walls of Hofburg palace.

Sterzing/Vipiteno Christmas market

The Original South Tyrolean Christmas market in Sterzing, at the foot of the "Tower of the Twelve

Original and filled with sounds. In Italy's northernmost town, the Christmas market is small, welcoming and traditional. Sterzing's ladmark, the Tower of Twelve, overlooks the Christmas scene and the sound of its bells creates an unusual melody every day at 5 p.m. The sprightly spound seeps in the merry hustle and bustle of the square as children and adults stroll among the little wooden. Here, unique hadcrafted objects and local dishes are displayed. If you want to broaden your shopping experience in Sterzing, stroll through the medieval alleys of the historic center. Illuminated cultural monuments, houses facades and palaces give a fairytale feel.

Bruneck/Brunico Christmas market

The Original South Tyrolean Christmas Market

You can't miss the Bruneck Christmas market during the Advent Season. The typical delicacies you can try here are many and mouth-watering: like the fried dessert strauben, the apple strudel or the goulash soup. Are you still looking for a handmade present to put under your Christmas tree? At the Brixen Chritmas market, among tree decorations, wood sculptures and natural cosmetics, you'll have a wide choice. But if it still doesn't sound as a worthwhile trip to your ears, remember that from Brixen you can easily reach the renown Kronplatz ski resort by cable car. Fun is just around the corner!