Christmas Bolzano

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Practical guide to Christmas markets Bolzano 2018

Christmas Bolzano 2017

DATA: by 22 / 11 / 2018 to 06 / 01 / 2019
PLACE: Bolzano, Italy

Magic and suggestive atmosphere. Events and programs really rich. Appointments for young and old. A centuries-old tradition. A truly romantic place. This is why, today, Bolzano is considered the place par excellence, in Italy, to celebrate the Advent season.

Born in 1991, today it is one of the most visited and loved market in Italy, along with Merano, Bressanone and Trento.

Christmas Bolzano is really a fascinating moment. Everywhere you breathe the magic of Christmas. Streets, squares and narrow alleys are lit and festively decorated. The wonderful markets await you, with the typical wooden houses perfectly lit. Christmas Bolzano is an explosion of the senses. You will be literally overwhelmed by the aromas of spices and cinnamon; of biscuits, typical sweets and the inevitable vin brûlé. High quality sweets and gastronomic specialties will offer their maximum expression for your palate. All this, while the music and Christmas carols are sung on the street.

Everything is taken care of in the smallest details. Even private homes are one with the surrounding environment.

Christmas Bolzano is an event especially for children, who will have fun in the many activities, shows and workshops dedicated to them. Another distinctive element is the fact that the organizers have made sure that Advent was lived in an environmentally friendly and environmentally friendly manner. Thanks to this, the Bolzano Christmas Market has obtained the Green Event certification.


Thursday 22 November, at 17: 00, in the presence of the mayor of the city, a grand opening in Piazza Walther.

Great anticipation before the fateful hour, with dimmed lights between the stands, which create great expectations. Only the large crib is illuminated. At the 17 in point, cutting the ribbon and turning on the big sparkling tree. Christmas Bolzano officially begins. Visitors can sample a typical dessert offered by the event's partner.


The market, in these parts, is synonymous with quality. You will find many exhibitors, and among the various stalls you will be spoiled for choice. Handcrafted products, decorations, ceramics, woodwork, nativity scenes, statuettes and so much more.

The greediest, however, will find many culinary delights. And, of course, the excellent mulled wine, ideal for fighting low temperatures.

The calendar of events and initiatives is rather rich. Do not miss the appointments of live artistic craftsmanship. Every day, the members of the cooperative "Artigiani Atesini" present some traditional crafts of South Tyrolean artistic craftsmanship, in their little house in Piazza Walther.

Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, in the square, from the 14: 00 to the 18: 00, there will be the Alpine Advent concerts. On Sunday mornings, however, the costume bands will be on stage.

The Bolzano Christmas Market is open every day, in Piazza Walther, from the 22 / 11 / 2018 to the 06 / 01 / 2019, from the 10: 00 to the 19: 00. Special times are scheduled on the following days:

24 December: 10-14 hours
31 December: 10-18 hours
1 ° January: 12-19 hours. Closed on Christmas Day.


07 December 2018, eight city museums, will open their doors to visitors, from 16: 00 to 01: 00 at night. There will be exhibitions and collections to discover, guided tours, meetings, workshops, music, shows and much more. Until 20 hours, there will be games and activities dedicated to children and families. the protagonists will be the families Free admission to all participating museums.

Also, on the occasion of the Long Night of Museums, the closing of the markets is postponed to 21: 00.

Bolzano Nocturne Piazza Walter With Christmas tree and nativity scene

Photo, 2012 djandrea.enet


As usual, this year Bolzano will not remain indifferent to the less fortunate. For this reason, do not miss to visit the Solidarity Market, in the streets of the historic center between Piazza del Grano and Via Argentieri. Here, you will find many items for sale made, for the most part, by volunteers from associations, protected laboratories, cooperatives or from distant countries.

The proceeds will be used to support local initiatives and specific humanitarian projects.

Open from November 24 to 23 December 2018. Inauguration Saturday 24 / 11, at 10: 00, at Piazza del grano.


A small Christmas village in the splendid Parco Stazione di Bolzano. The stalls are set up among the large trees of the Park. Craft products are on sale, ideal for your gifts, and gourmet delicacies. In the Park there is also an ice rink.

The flea market is open every day from 23 / 11 / 2017 to 06 / 01 / 2018, from 10: 00 to 19: 00.

The skating rink is open on the same days, up to 22: 00. Extraordinary schedules are scheduled for the following days: 23 / 11 hours 17-22; 24 / 12 hours 10-14; 31 / 12 hours 10-18; 1 / 1 / 2018 hours 12-22; 6 / 1 / 2018 hours 10-19. Closed on Christmas day.


There are many initiatives dedicated to children and families.

From 01 day to December 24, the advent Calendar, in the Parco di Natale at the Stazione park, will accompany visitors waiting for the magic of Christmas. Every day, at 16: 30, a big calendar box will be unveiled, in the magical atmosphere of the Christmas Market.

At Piazza Walther, the heart of Christmas Bolzano, children can have fun on the nostalgic carousel, or on the little train among the markets.

Tuesday afternoon, 05 December, San Nicolò will visit the Bolzano Christmas Market. Accompanied by his little angels, he will walk between the houses of Piazza Walther and Piazza della Mostra between 15.30 and 17 hours.

On December 07, however, it will touch on the disturbing and scary Krampus, animate Christmas at Piazza Walther. From this link, some info about this traditional Christmas mask.


The city has a good accommodation offer, however, the prices for sleeping are quite high, especially in the center, during the Advent period. Availability during this period is drastically reduced.

Those who choose to spend their Christmas holidays in Bolzano, it is preferable that you book a couple of months in advance. Otherwise, you will have to settle for solutions from over 100 € per night. From this link, you can search for the best accommodations at the best available price.

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