The most wonderful time of the year!
Another fairy tale begins on the peninsula
Vita gazette – The most beautiful time of the year has begun, in which we all share the same sensations under a shower of colours and lights that spread positive energy. Italy lights up for the Christmas period with some of the best Christmas Markets in Europe, which combine Mediterranean flavours and traditions, festive food and wine, gift ideas, decorations and local craftsmanship.
The red, green, white and gold Christmas trees with red ribbons are ready for a Christmas fairytale… And, of course, the Christmas markets… Our Christmas markets, where they line up wooden huts next to each other, offer toys to children, sell caps and socks to adults, and always offer sweets and red wine. Under the lights, with their red roofs, they begin to smile at us… They are all on the fabulous Italian peninsula from 8 December 2023 to 7 January 2024. The Christmas atmosphere can only make you daydream…
ARCO, Lake Garda
It’s the season of lights, colours and delicious flavours of Christmas. With forty stands spread across the city centre, there are a variety of Christmas tree decorations, gift ideas, handmade crafts and delicious local delicacies.
Children can take a pony ride, a lively Santa Claus parade with his reindeer and ride one of the colourful trains that cross Arco.
Bolzano is home to the largest Christmas market in South Tyrol, located in Piazza Walther, which features a breathtaking light show. The historic centre surrounding the square is also magnificent, elaborately decorated and charming as Christmas approaches. The town hall square with Christmas craft exhibitions, the Silbergasse street, the Kornplatz square with the charity market and the famous arches with traditional shops await characters from the world of fairy tales… What adds magic to all this are the traditional conservative values of the Alps and relaxed Mediterranean life. It’s a unique blend of styles. The irresistible Waltherplatz square offers a wide choice of concerts and readings and an abundance of Christmas gifts and delicious treats. Zelten awaits you, the traditional fruit cake with the delightful scent of cinnamon and cloves. (from 24 November 2023 to 6 January 2024)
The Bressanone Christmas market, near the Cathedral, is located in the magical setting of Piazza Domplatz, where the Parish Church of San Michele and the Town Hall are located. We take a glass of mulled wine or hot apple juice and let ourselves be carried away by the magic of the cheerful Christmas atmosphere. Walking among the handmade Christmas decorations and wooden sculptures displayed at the stands, a wide choice of sweet and savoury South Tyrolean delicacies awaits us, from speck-flavoured dumplings to Kaiserschmarrn and grated pancakes. We will be able to go back to being children in a fairytale environment and travel back in time with the historic steam carousel. Or we can take an exciting tour of the old city with a light carriage. Or we can stroll to the Hofburg, the magnificent former residence of the Prince Bishops of Bressanone and home to the Diözesanmuseum, which displays an impressive collection of nativity scenes and other treasures. (From November 24, 2023 to January 6, 2024)
Brunico is the symbol of the Alpine tradition, of the passion for the mountains and nature. The lively energy of the city reaches homes as you stroll through the Christmas markets along Graben and Tschurtschenthaler Park. On cold winter days and nights, the wooden stalls display delicate fabrics and knitwear, an assortment of organic herbal teas and grappas, and a wide range of high-quality regional products to give as gifts or to taste.
The upper town surrounding the Virgin’s Column exudes the same lively atmosphere, and the Palais Sternbach hosts interesting exhibitions of new and traditional crafts, complemented by craft demonstrations.
You can go ice skating or walk up to the Schlossberg. The medieval castle Schloss Bruneck is home to the Messner Mountain Museum. Ripa and Bergfried offer stunning panoramic views of the city, mountains and the Plan de Corones ski area.
(From November 24, 2023 to January 6, 2024)
As the Christmas market is called, it takes place on Saturday, 2 December, in the pedestrian area: a market exhibition with the creations of local artists, the region’s agri-food products, and the house of Santa Claus and his elves. Tuesday, 5 December, Saint Nicholas is celebrated; Sant Kloas: children go from house to house carrying a card with their name, asking: “Will Saint Nicholas pass by?”
With its unique charm, Merano becomes an enchanting island of peace during Christmas.
The waters of the Passirio River accompany us as we wander among the delicious aromas of roasted chestnuts and mulled wine.
While tasting unique local delicacies, you can also take a torch-lit fairytale city tour. Or you can relax in the town’s spa, famous for its thermal waters. Or you can skate with your children on the ice rink in Thermenplatz Square.
Would you happen to have time?
Then, there are many small but excellent Christmas markets around Merano. Art enthusiasts will also find much to appreciate at the Kunst Meran Museum, the Palais Mamming and the Landesfürstliche Burg.
(From November 24, 2023 to January 6, 2024)
The famous Gregorio Armeno, a narrow street famous worldwide for its handmade nativity scenes, attracts the attention of Neapolitans and tourists during Christmas.
The National Railway Museum of Pietrarsa is transformed into a wonderland with the markets held during Christmas.
The charm of the wooden houses, the melodies of street artists and musical groups, the festive lights and colours of Christmas and the delicious aromas of the dining room fascinate visitors. Wandering around Campania’s best food and wine excellences, you distance yourself from reality and travel to the land of dreams… Have a good trip…
(From November 24, 2023 to January 6, 2024)
Ortisei, the picturesque capital of Val Gardena, transforms into a winter fairy tale in the pre-Christmas period.
The capital of Val Gardena, a UNESCO heritage site nestled in the heart of the Dolomites, is decorated to recreate a magical Christmas atmosphere.
The Christmas Village combines the historic traditions of Val Gardena with the elegance and exclusivity of the range of products offered in the wooden houses. The “Lodenlounges”, which present themselves as welcoming gastronomic houses, invite visitors to taste local products and gastronomic delicacies in a romantic atmosphere. At the Christmas Village you can find a rich assortment of products, ranging from the most original gift items to tasty Christmas sweets. There will also be no shortage of fine liqueurs and South Tyrolean wines which stand out for their quality and aroma.
Throughout the area there are nativity scenes made with wooden sculptures. A wooden carousel with four mechanical horses is installed in Piazza di Sant’Antonio. And in Piazza Stetteneck there is the possibility of sending the letter to Santa Claus in a special mailbox. (from 1 December 2023 to 7 January 2024)
Would you like to live in a charming Alpine village? Here it is…
Local specialties, wines, works of art, vintage objects, Christmas decorations and unusual gift ideas at the Christmas Market transform the Aosta Valley into a fascinating Alpine village. The objects on display include wooden objects, antiques, clothing accessories, Christmas decorations, typical Aosta Valley food and wine products, sweets and pastries. (from November 25th to January 7th)
Christmas fairs grace various squares (campo) in Venice, including Campo S. Bartolomeo, Campo San Salvador, Campo San Luca, Campo Manin and Strada Nuova, where you can discover the “Venice Christmas Fair”. Plus, you can explore a Christmas market in Mestre, complete with an ice rink in Piazza Ferretto.
Open from 2 December to 24 December 2023.
Vipiteno, the northernmost and highest town in South Tyrol, boasts the longest illuminated and artificially snow-covered toboggan run in Italy.
Christmas market in the town square, creating an enchanting festive atmosphere. As Christmas approaches, the beautifully lit 15th-century Zwölferturm hosts an exhibition of nativity scenes and stands gracefully over the picturesque Stadtplatz square. Wooden stalls offer a wide choice of locally handcrafted regional and traditional products, making shopping and tasting enjoyable.
The lively facades adorned with bay windows give the pedestrian area its distinctive character, home to numerous eye-catching shops.
From the pedestrian area of Vipiteno, winter sports enthusiasts are just a five-minute walk from the Monte Cavallo Valley station. (from 23 November 2023 to 1 December 2024)