December 11, 2009 / Events
Bolzano/Bozen, Alto-Adige

christkindlmarkt1It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Bolzano/Bozen as tourists arrive from all over Italy for our traditional Christmas market, the Christkindlmarkt, a German-style Christmas market that isn’t typical elsewhere in Italy.

Towering above the market stalls is a giant Christmas tree with plenty of twinkling lights. There’s a diverse selection of holiday ornaments to buy, including stars, gnomes and even some skiing reindeer as a little reminder that we’re in the Alps.

And then there are the sweets. There’s plenty to munch: cookies, lebkuchen (chocolate-covered gingerbread), Christmas stollen, and the local Bozner christkindlmarkt2cake, dark and moist with nuts and candied fruit. Additional flavors of the local strudel make an appearance, too — try some tasty apricot along with the always-reliable apple.

To keep warm when the snow starts falling, sample the glühwein (mulled wine) or the Tyrolean hot orange punch (a personal favorite!), with or without added rum. The festivities run until December 23rd.

Buon Natale and Fröhliche Weihnachten from Bolzano/Bozen!

Lee McIntyre

by Lee McIntyre

Freelance writer and photographer. Author of the book A Year of One a Days, and of the blog Betwixt & Between in BZ.

5 Responses to “Christkindlmarkt”

  1. Oh i love these markets, we attend one a few weeks ago in Colmar..France in the Alsace area, it was beautiful but no snow, which in a way was good.

  2. Gian Banchero

    My gosh, the last photo is what Christmas should look like!!! Happily I have memories of Christmas as such in the north of Italy, sadly I live in California where sometimes Christmas day can be warm, very boring… Amusingly a couple friends from Australia feel that a true Christmas must have hot weather. But Midnight Mass in the snowy Alps gives a lifetime of very dear, dear memories. Several times I’ve ventured to Italy during winter, a magic time when the frenetic nature of the country has been turned off and all seems at peace. Buon natale e buon anno.


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