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29. 11. 2024 - 06. 01. 2025


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Christmas Market Bolzano

Christmas Market Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy

Bolzano Christmas Market: magic and tradition in the capital of South Tyrol

The Christmas Market of Bolzano, also known as “Bozner Christkindlmarkt” or “Bolzano Christmas Market”, is one of the most charming and traditional Christmas events in South Tyrol, Italy. This festive market transforms the picturesque city of Bolzano into a winter wonderland every year, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world.

Date and venue

The Christmas Market of Bolzano takes place every year from the last Friday of November to January 6 of the following year. This period extends throughout Advent and Christmas, giving visitors ample opportunity to enjoy the festive atmosphere. The market usually opens at 10 a.m. daily and closes at 7 p.m. (until 8 p.m. on Sundays and holidays).

The venue of the Christkindlmarkt is the Walther Square (Piazza Walther) and the Old Town in the heart of Bolzano. This central square is surrounded by historic buildings and stores and provides the ideal backdrop for this wintry celebration. The central location makes the market easily accessible and a popular meeting place for locals and tourists alike.

The history of the Christkindlmarkt Bolzano

The roots of the Bolzano Christmas Market go back to the early 19th century, when it was first mentioned as a “goods market”. Over the years, the market has become an important meeting place for commerce and social life in Bolzano, especially in the pre-Christmas period.

Then, in the 1990s, the market was transformed into the “Christkindlmarkt” and began to focus on the festive aspects of the Christmas season. This was the beginning of a new era, when the market became a popular destination for visitors from all over the world.

Today, the Christkindlmarkt Bolzano is considered one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in all of Europe and is an integral part of the Christmas tradition in South Tyrol.

The atmosphere of the Christkindlmarkt Bolzano

The Bolzano Christmas Market enchants its visitors with a unique atmosphere characterized by festive lighting, traditional music and culinary delights. The picturesque surroundings of Walther Square will be transformed into a wintry fairyland that will appeal to the senses and awaken the anticipation of Christmas.

One of the outstanding features of the market is the imposing Christmas tree, which is placed on Walther Square. This magnificently decorated tree is a symbol of the festive season and a popular spot for photos and hangouts.

The stands and offers

Bolzano’s Christkindlmarkt offers a variety of stalls selling traditional handicrafts, regional specialties and festive gifts. Visitors can discover handmade decorations, candles, crafts and much more, perfect for Christmas gifts.

The culinary offerings are another highlight of the market. The stalls offer a wide range of delicacies, including South Tyrolean specialties such as bacon, cheese, Schlutzkrapfen (dumplings), dumplings and mulled wine. The smell of freshly baked bread and cinnamon stars fills the air, tempting visitors to enjoy delicious treats.

The Christ Child and Santa Claus

The Christmas Market of Bolzano adheres to some traditional elements of Christmas. The Christ Child (Gesù Bambino) is the main character of the market and appears regularly to greet visitors. It wears a festive robe and spreads the spirit of charity and peace.

St. Nicholas (San Nicola) is another important figure in the market. He hands out candy and small gifts to children and is a favorite guest for families.

Music and entertainment

The Bolzano Christmas Market also offers a rich selection of musical entertainment. Choirs and music groups perform on various stages and play traditional Christmas carols as well as classical music pieces. The music creates a festive mood and helps immerse visitors in the joy of Christmas.

The railroad

One of the newer attractions of the Bolzano Christmas Market is the children’s train, which is set up in Walther Square. This railroad is a favorite place for children.

Special events and highlights

The Bolzano Christmas Market offers a variety of special events and highlights throughout its duration. These include concerts, theatrical performances, readings of Christmas stories and much more. One of the highlights is the festive opening ceremony, when the Christ Child opens the market and the festive lights are switched on.

The Christmas season in Bolzano

The Christkindlmarkt Bolzano is not only a market, but a synonym for the Christmas season in Bolzano and South Tyrol. Throughout Advent and the holidays, the streets of the city are festively decorated, and there are numerous other events and activities to get visitors into the Christmas spirit.

The Christmas markets in other parts of South Tyrol, such as Merano, Bressanone, Vipiteno, Glorenza, Castle Tyrol, Eppan, Sarentino and Brunico, also offer a festive atmosphere and the opportunity to discover regional specialties and handicrafts. The entire region lights up during the Christmas season, and traditional customs and rituals are lovingly preserved.

A journey into the magical world of Christmas at the Bolzano Christmas Market

The Bolzano Christmas Market is undoubtedly an unforgettable experience and a journey into the magical world of Christmas joy and tradition. The festive atmosphere, culinary delights, handmade crafts and musical entertainment make this market a true gem of the Christmas season.

Whether you’re looking for gifts, want to enjoy the wintry atmosphere or just want to experience the magic of Christmas, the Bolzano Christmas Market has something for everyone. It is a time when the community comes together to celebrate the joy, love and warmth of the Christmas season. The Bolzano Christmas Market is a place where memories are created that last a lifetime, and it invites everyone to become part of this festive tradition.

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Photos: © IDM South Tyrol / Alex Filz / L.Guadagnini // shutterstock.com

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