Merano Christmas Market
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The Merano Christmas:
A celebration of contemplation and tradition
Merano Christmas, also known as “Merano Christmas Market”, is one of the most charming and traditional Christmas events in South Tyrol, Italy. This festive market transforms the picturesque town of Merano into a winter wonderland every year, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world. In this text we will take a detailed look at Merano Christmas, its history, its attractions and its unique atmosphere.
Date and venue
Merano Christmas takes place every year from the last Friday in November until January 6 of the following year. This period covers the entire Advent and Christmas season and offers 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 Merano Christmas is the center of Merano, especially the spa promenade (Kurhauspromenade) and the Thermenplatz. These central squares are surrounded by historic buildings and stores and provide the ideal backdrop for this wintry celebration. The location near the spa makes the market easily accessible and a popular meeting place for locals and tourists alike.
The history of Merano Christmas
Merano Christmas has its roots in the long tradition of Christmas markets in South Tyrol and the surrounding regions. The idea of organizing a festive market in Merano was first realized in the 1970s. Since then, Merano Christmas has become one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in all of South Tyrol.
The event was created with the intention of enriching the Christmas atmosphere in Merano and offering a festive treat to visitors and locals alike. Over the years, the market has become an important part of the Christmas tradition in Merano.
The atmosphere of Merano Christmas
Merano Christmas enchants its visitors with a unique atmosphere characterized by festive lighting, traditional music and culinary delights. The picturesque surroundings of the spa promenade and the spa square will be transformed into a winter fairyland, appealing to the senses and awakening the anticipation of Christmas.
One of the outstanding features of Merano Christmas is the festively decorated avenue of lights that lines the spa promenade. This impressive light installation bathes the market in a warm, festive glow and creates an enchanting atmosphere.
The stands and offers
Merano Christmas Market offers a wealth of stalls selling traditional crafts, 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, bratwurst and mulled wine. The smell of freshly baked bread, roasted almonds and cinnamon stars fills the air and tempts visitors to enjoy delicious treats.
The Christ Child and Santa Claus
Merano Christmas holds on 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
Merano Christmas 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 Christmas Village at the Spa Square
One of the newer attractions of Merano Christmas is the Christmas Village at the Thermal Square, which has a unique thematic design every year. This village offers a rich cultural program with concerts, performances and workshops for children. Here, visitors can immerse themselves in a festive fairy-tale world and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere to the fullest.
Special events and highlights
Merano Christmas offers a variety of special events and highlights throughout its duration. These include concerts, theatrical performances, Christmas story readings, nativity displays and more. One of the most remarkable events is the opening ceremony, when the Christ Child opens the market and the festive lights are switched on.
The ice rink and the Advent train
Another attraction is the ice skating rink, which will be built on the spa square. This ice rink is a popular place for children and adults alike to enjoy skating and soaking up the winter atmosphere.
Another highlight is the traditional Advent procession, which delights children and adults alike. This colorful train travels through the city and spreads festive mood and joy.
The Christmas season in Merano
Merano Christmas is not just a market, but a synonym for the Christmas season in Merano 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.
Merano Christmas is also a place of community, where people from all over the world meet to share the joy, love and warmth of the Christmas season. The festive atmosphere and traditional customs create memories that last a lifetime.
Conclusion: Experience the magic of Merano Christmas
Merano Christmas 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, enjoying the wintry atmosphere or just want to experience the magic of Christmas, Merano Christmas has something for everyone. It is a time when the community comes together to celebrate the joy, love and warmth of the Christmas season. Merano Christmas invites everyone to become part of this festive tradition and enjoy the unique atmosphere that only this market can offer.
Photos © Alex Filz / IDM South Tyrol
Wann findet die Meraner Weihnacht 2023 statt?
Die Meraner Weihnacht, also der Weihnachtsmarkt der Stadt Meran und die zahlreichen Veranstaltungen rund um dieses Event findet vom 24.11.2023 (außer 25.12.2023) bis zum 06.01.2024 statt.