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The Merano Christmas Market 2020-2021

Advent and Christmas in Merano
On October 20, 2020, by decree of the governor of South Tyrol, all Christmas markets for the coming winter season 2020-2021 were canceled without replacement. In Merano this year, especially in the pre-Christmas period, but also around the holidays, it will certainly be a lot quieter than in recent years. Without the brightly lit spa promenade it will be darker in the city, without the many scents that the many gastronomic huts exude, it will be a little more uncomfortable. Without the meetings with friends and acquaintances at the Christmas market, the Christmas season in Merano will simply not be as cozy as usual.
We all hope for a great reunion with the Merano Christmas Market in winter 2021-2022!
All Christmas markets are ideal for this: The smell of mulled wine and gingerbread, large Christmas baubles hanging from the countless fir trees throughout the Merano region, cozy booths invite you to linger and festively decorated shopping streets make shopping an experience, joyful mood and the relaxed atmosphere make every stroll an experience.
The scenery: The magnificent spa promenade, the time-honored Kurhaus, snow-covered mountains all around, many, many fires everywhere. The smell of mulled wine, cinnamon, cloves and Christmas cookies, but also of hearty delicacies. Choirs sing, music groups play. Add to that a very relaxed mood and the anticipation of the upcoming holidays. In short: If the hectic pace of everyday life has you firmly in its grip, visit the Merano Christmas Market, which is guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit very quickly with its beauty!

Video: The Christmas Market in Merano

It starts at the end of November 2021 with a festive opening. You can visit the Merano Christmas Market until January 6, 2022. The market will be closed on December 25.

The gastronomic stands are open Sundays to incl. Thursdays from 10:00 to 21:00, Fridays, Saturdays and holidays until 22:30. The merchants and craftsmen keep open Sundays to incl. Thursdays until 19:00, Fridays, Saturdays and holidays, however, until 20:00.

Impressions: The Merano Christmas Market

Experience the Christmas magic in Merano

More than 80 booths await you on the magnificent spa promenade, the historic Piazza della Renna and the modern Piazza delle Terme, in the immediate vicinity of the old town of Merano! The murmur of the Passer River accompanies the visitor along the spa promenade, while children have their bright joy with the large ice skating rink near the spa. There are also the popular and famous Alessi balls, larger-than-life (heated!) Christmas tree balls, which are home to a table with cozy seating. Likewise, the living nativity scene and a children's carousel await visitors young and old here. It is only a few steps from anywhere on the market to the old town of Merano with its Christmas decorated arcades!

The gastronomic booths

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The gourmet stands offer hot drinks such as mulled wine, hot apple juices (Glühmix), sausages with sauerkraut, goulash soup, dumplings and sweet doughnuts, as well as many typical local specialties such as apple strudel, bacon, cheese, and fresh bread and a wide selection of fresh baked goods. These also keep open longer than the merchants' stalls.

The merchant booths

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In the booths of merchants and craftsmen you can admire and buy regional and typical handicrafts, candles, Christmas decorations, perfumes, warm clothes of all kinds, such as sweaters, hats, scarves and slippers. It is important to know that only local products and handmade pieces are offered here!

The city of Merano during the Christmas market

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Of course, the city of Merano presents itself from its most beautiful side during the Christmas market! A short walk from the Merano Christmas Market is the historic city center, rich in lights and Christmas colors! A visit to the old town is perfect for Christmas shopping in a truly relaxed atmosphere amidst the many stores in a historic setting. Visit the museums, which are all open and of course the Merano thermal baths, also open daily (!) until 10 p.m!

The 8 Christmas markets around Merano

In the immediate vicinity around Merano you will find other Christmas markets. These are sometimes smaller and quieter, therefore also a little more contemplative. Each of these Christmas markets offers its own unique atmosphere and at least one should be on your list of things to do during your short Advent or Christmas vacation in Merano!
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The Lagundo Christmas Market

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In the center of Lagundo there is a small but nice Christmas market on the Advent weekends, which can be easily reached with the specially arranged Algund Christkindl Train.
Not far from Merano, directly below the vineyards on the slopes of the Gruppo di Tessa, the garden village of Lagundo is transformed into a Christmas wonderland. This is ensured by the Christmas decorations on Hans Gamper Square in the village center with its small but fine Christmas market, far from the hustle and bustle of the large Merano Christmas market, and yet so close: a direct, fast and free connection to the spa town of Merano is guaranteed by the Algund Christmas train.
A great focus of the Lagundo Christmas Market is families and children, in addition to cozy market stalls away from the traffic, the little ones can warm up on an ice skating rink and visit a petting zoo.
Dates to be announced

Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Friday from 15:00-19:00
Saturday and Sunday from 10:00-19:00h
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Christmas at Rametz Castle

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Experience the great Christmas atmosphere within the historic walls of Rametz Castle. Besides a small and intimate Christmas market, you can also visit the wine museum and the old wine cellar. Behind the historic walls of Rametz Castle, in its magnificent courtyard, one of the most beautiful Christmas markets around Merano takes place. Sheltered by the high castle walls, you can warm up exquisitely by a large fireplace with a mulled wine in your hand. Large red Christmas tree balls dangle from the trees in the inner courtyard.
After the Glühweihn, continue with a stroll, past small but fine sales booths, down a staircase to the wine museum and the historic wine cellar, where you can get hold of one or the other treasure, perhaps a Pinot Nero of your own vintage?
Open 4 weekends during Advent
Friday from 16:00-20:00
Saturday and Sunday from 11:00-20:00
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Advent Tirolo Castle

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Castle Tyrol opens its doors again this year to host the now very popular "Castle Advent" for a long weekend. The stalls are located in the inner courtyard and in some of the magnificent halls of the Castle of Tirol.
In the magnificent and romantically lit courtyard of the castle, several gastronomic stalls offer warm food and hot drinks around the many fire barrels. The market itself, where handicrafts and traditional crafts are offered, is spread over several halls throughout the castle. In addition, one can visit - quasi in passing - the exhibition of the National Museum. Parking is in the village and after a short walk of about 15 minutes you reach Tirolo Castle.
Timetable Advent at Tirolo Castle 2021
Dates to be announced

from 10 am to 7 pm
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Sterntaler - Christmas market in Lana

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Enjoy the wonderful Advent atmosphere in the center of Lana, partly in old backyards with a great accompanying program!
The cozy pedestrian zone of Lana becomes even more cozy during the Advent weekends. The Sterntaler Christmas market attracts again with a pre-Christmas atmosphere, typical, handmade South Tyrolean products and a wide range of offers for the palate. In addition, some historic courtyards and residences in the center of the village open their doors and not only provide insights, but also create space and space for children's programs and exhibitions.
Opening hours Sterntaler - Christmas Market in Lana 2021
Dates to be announced
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Forster Christmas forest

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The Forst Brewery Christmas Forest: cozy heated huts, great food, Christmas beer. Over a hundred Christmas trees, fire bowls and a traditional bowling alley. In the best tradition of the Merano Christmas markets, the Forst Brewery has created its own Christmas market and interpreted it as a Christmas forest! Where in the warm months the far around well-known and estimated brewery garden is, arises in the Advent period evenly this magic "Christmas forest"!
Over a hundred Christmas trees decorate the area, fire bowls and torches create a unique atmosphere! This is something you have to experience. While the Forster Christmas beer and special Christmas sausages are served in the open bar area, pleasantly warmed by radiant heaters, you can have a lot of fun at the bowling alley. Of course, the sales booths are also worth a visit. But the highlight are the "huts": small, heated and very cozy wooden houses, which offer space for a table and up to 10 people. Here you can enjoy the cuisine and specialties of the proven Braugarten tenants, the Reiterer family!
Opening hours Forster Christmas Forest 2021
Opening dates to be announced
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Christmas market at the Enzian Hut

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The highest Christmas market in Europe takes place on the Enzian Hut at 2061 meters above sea level in the Martell Valley (Stilfserjoch National Park). Christmas atmosphere in a large, dressed up barn with lots of local handicrafts.
The journey from Merano through the Vinschgau and the Martell Valley may be a bit lengthy, but in return you can experience a unique Christmas market here: high above the Zufrittsee, in the midst of the snow-covered landscape of the Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio, you will find the highest Christmas market in Europe directly at the Enzian Alm!
At an altitude of 2061 meters above sea level, a large stable is converted here every year so that you almost feel as if you are in a large manger. Close together, local producers and farmers present creative Christmas gifts and typical local delicacies to taste and take home. Even the little guests will get a taste for it, because of course a small supporting program is offered especially for them.
Opening hours Christmas market at the Enzianalm
Dates to be announced
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Mortiner Sternstunden

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Advent in the historic center of the picturesque village of St. Martin in the Val Passiria. During this event, the center of the village is transformed into a pedestrian zone with many gastronomic and craft stalls, which are located outdoors, in the streets, but also in courtyards and cellars.
In the main square there is a large petting zoo (especially popular with young guests), and there are also atmospheric concerts by music bands, songs and theater performances. St. Martin can be reached from Merano in about 20 minutes by car.
Dates to be announced
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Farmers' Advent in Scena

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Also in Scena it is a tradition to organize a small Christmas market. The peculiarity of this market is the annual change of location. Just like years ago it was possible to get to know the interior of Scena Castle, last year the market was located in the spacious cellars of a historic farm.  This year the Christmas market will be held in San Giorgio, just above Scena, a relic of the old Scena Castle from the 13th century.
The Christmas market in Scena offers the possibility to buy Christmas decorations made of wood and felt, creative works and fresh bread, prepared on the spot. Folk music and carols are offered by various associations of Scena.
Dates to be announced