BOLZANO’S CHRISTMAS MARKET CELEBRATES ITS 25TH BIRTHDAY
Around eighty stalls will be open around the Waltherplatz until 6th January 2016 and three stalls will offer local gastronomic specialities such as apple-strudel, Christmas biscuits, apple-fritters, mulled wine and apple punch. Regulars will once again be treated to novelties, this year featuring „Reading at Bolzano’s Christmas market“, at which 12 successful authors will present their latest works. Four music bands and choirs will accompany the opening of Bolzano’s biggest event of the year. The illuminations of the massive Christmas tree and the rustic crib with its wooden shingles will again be the highlight of Advent on the Waltherplatz. As always, the market stalls will be grouped around the Walther monument. Christmas decorations made of wood and straw, handpainted baubles, beeswax candles, felt hats and slippers, Christmas biscuits, musical instruments, Christmas cards, wooden toys and much else besides will be on offer. Over one third of the products are original South Tyrolean handicrafts. From the first Sunday in Advent through to the 23rd December, the square in front of the old town hall will also host an arts and handicrafts market, with craftspeople from the region and all over Italy taking part, some of whom will actually be creating their handicrafts on the spot.
Special programme for our younger visitors
The Christmas market with its bright colours, lights, smells and flavours will for sure fascinate children, but of course, we all know that their attention-span is limited. Children will have the chance to do various forms of arts and crafts in the Musterplatz, or they can play in the dedicated playground, ride on the kiddies‘ train and on the small roundabout, or even go on pony and horse-drawn carriage rides through the festively-decorated town centre.
The long night of the museums
Bolzano is a city of culture with its six museums scattered around the centre, all of which invite locals and visitors alike to the ‚long night of the museums‘ on Friday 27th November: the Archaeology Museum with Ötzi, the glacier mummy, the Museion of modern art, the Natural History museum, the Mercantile Museum, and others. Doors are open between 4.00pm and 1.00am and until 8.00pm there’s a family-friendly programme, with games, workshops and guided tours. Also the Christmas market stalls will remain open till 10.00pm on this day.
Christmas market mug in four different versions
There are many collectors proud of their collection of all the 24 Christmas mugs since the first edition of the market. Now you need to make more space in your cabinet because the 25th anniversary will not see just one new mug, but four – all created by the local artist Christine Gallmetzer.
Christmas without music is unthinkable and also this year will see various South Tyrolean music groups in their traditional costumes performing during the weekends of Advent. Brass musicians will also perform every Saturday at 5.00pm on the balcony of the Mercantile building. On the 19th and 20th December the life-sized wooden statues of the crib will magically come to life.
New Year’s Eve
Fire performances, walking-acts, live music and DJs will enliven the Waltherplatz and the whole town-centre right up to the countdown starting one minute to midnight.
Sustainable, locally-sourced and unique: these are the features of Bolzano’s Christmas market also on its 25th birthday. Traditional, regional products made in environmentally- friendly ways, a responsible use of energy and an ecological waste-disposal programme have earned the Christmas market the ‚Green Event‘ award. Bolzano’s hotels and restaurants offer special Christmas Market packages.