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The South Tyrolean Christmas Markets

The original South Tyrolean Christkindl markets - also called Christmas markets - invite you. Every Christmas market in South Tyrol scores with its own flair, its special magic of diversity. In the heart of five cities:

  • Bolzano
  • Merano
  • Bressanone
  • Brunico
  • and Vipiteno

experience and enjoy the South Tyrolean Christmas with all five senses!

Advent in South Tyrol
Advent in South Tyrol
Tyrolean Advent
Tyrolean Advent
Brixen Christmas Market
Brixen Christmas Market - Tourism Association Brixen
Merano Christmas Market
Merano Christmas Market

Advent season in South Tyrol

The Advent season in South Tyrol is one of the most beautiful holiday experiences ever. Advent in South Tyrol, that's Advent as if from a picture book! The old customs are still fresh and alive here, in the living rooms the Advent wreath has its fixed place, cookies are baked, it smells of gingerbread, nuts, raisins, cinnamon, twigs and candles...

Also the South Tyrolean Christkindl markets spread Advent atmosphere without any hustle and bustle. Here it is quiet and atmospheric in the radiant glow of lights. Folk music groups and choirs make Christmas carols sound, theater groups show Advent plays. Between the stands you can stroll comfortably and relaxed and marvel at the many beautiful things.

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Advent like in childhood days

The scent of gingerbread, baked apples, cookies, twigs, mulled wine and tea awakens memories from childhood. Christmas tree baubles, straw stars and Christmas decorations are offered at the market stalls, candles, tinsel, nativity figures and entire nativity scenes, of course also cookies, pastries, sweets and candy. There is also wonderful toys and many handicraft products from jewelry to traditional South Tyrolean jackets. And that there are all sorts of delicacies to eat and drink, is certainly self-evident in South Tyrol.

The original South Tyrolean Christkindl markets take place annually in Bolzano, Bressanone, Merano, Vipiteno and Brunico. These cities with their charming historical centers with arcades and old, perhaps even snow-covered, bourgeois houses provide the perfect setting for the Christkindl markets and already put you in the mood for Advent. Here it is traditional and very authentic. In addition, there are many other, smaller and larger Advent markets, such as in Glorenza, Chiusa or in the Sarntal valley.

Our tip:

Enjoy the Advent season once again carefree as in childhood. Also take advantage of the numerous offers for the start of the season in the ski resorts and combine skiing fun with Christmas anticipation.

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Christmas in Lana
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Star Money Christmas Market Lana

The traditional Sterntaler Christmas market in the center of Lana offers a particularly cozy atmosphere at the town hall square on the advent weekends. Until 31.12., stalls with local crafts and South Tyrolean delicacies, musical highlights of local ensembles, and family-friendly initiatives are inviting.

Tyrolean Advent
Customs during the Advent season

Around the Advent season, there is a lot of old customs. In South Tyrol, where traditions are always maintained with great care, a particularly large amount of it is still alive.

Christmas Market Brixen
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Medieval Christmas in Klausen

Chiusa, the small town at the foot of the mighty Säben Monastery mountain, captivates with the special atmosphere of its medieval town center. Battlemented and painted house facades with oriel windows, arcades, and old crafts and inn signs give Chiusa a unique charm.

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Romantic Advent in the Olympic Region Seefeld

Advent is especially atmospheric every year in Seefeld. In the romantic atmosphere of the Tyrolean mountain winter, numerous events enchant the guests in the five locations of the Olympic region up to the Christmas holidays.

Advent in South Tyrol
Advent in South Tyrol

If you long for original pre-Christmas atmosphere, if you value tradition and genuine customs and want to avoid stress, hustle and bustle, and consumer frenzy, then Advent is probably the best time for a vacation in South Tyrol!

Christmas Market Brixen
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Original South Tyrolean Christmas Markets

What makes the pre-Christmas period so incomparable for young and old? What makes children‘s eyes light up and awakens in us adults memories of our own childhood, when we still believed in the Christ Child?

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