Sarentino/Sarner Alpine Christmas market
Stalls at the Sarner Alpen-Advent market are built in the style of Alpine huts, selling wares like hand-made clothing - it would be a shame to leave without a "Sarnar Janggar" (thick woollen cardigan), or "Sarnar Toppar" (warm slippers). Other local skills include quill embroidering on leather and visitors can watch wood carvers and other craftsmen at work. Friends gather around cauldrons of mulled wine for a chat, and culinary delights include traditional South Tyrolean dishes, homemade "krapfen" (samosa-like pastries with sweet fillings), speck, "Apfel-Kiechl" (apple fritters). The Reinswald ski centre is located nearby and even if you can't ski it's worth taking the cable car to savour local fare in authentic Alpine huts, then hire a sledge and descend the 4 ½ km on two runners in jolly company. The Val Sarentino valley is well-known for its spa hotels. To relax after a day's shopping or skiing you can take a soak in a soothing and invigorating mugo pine bath, a speciality of the valley. The essential oils of this low-growing pine are used in peeling treatments, massages and of course baths. The Trehs range of body care products integrate all the beneficial characteristics of the Mugo pine (aka mountain pine) to enable you to enjoy the goodness from the mountains at home.
The village of Sarentino/Sarnthein is a thirty-minute drive from Bolzano at the end of a spectacular gorge. Its traditional Christmas market opens at the end of November and continues until the last Sunday before Christmas, with the main emphasis on crafts and mountain flavours.