Christmas Markets in the Val Gardena

A Christmas Market in the heart of the Dolomites is something very special, this can be experienced in every village in the Val Gardena valley.

The Advent period is a very special time in the Val Gardena valley: wooden huts in the heart of the snow-covered village centres of Santa Cristina, Ortisei and Selva Gardena invite to a winter walk with a hot drink. Christmas carols contribute to a tranquil atmosphere, and delicious food and self made items as well as wood carvings are on offer.

Ortisei is known as the “Nicest Christmas Village in the Alps”. The aroma of homemade delicacies, the Christ Child post office and the rustic huts of the Christmas village invite visitors to have a lovely time. Furthermore local musicians and bands play peaceful Advent music.

At the Santa Cristina Christmas Market the focus is set on local handicraft with hand carved crib figures. Woodcarving has a long tradition in this Alpine valley. This becomes apparent when you visit the larger than life-sized Christmas crib at the Centre Iman, realised by sculptors of the Val Gardena. The crib is accessible all-year-round but is especially magical in the Advent period just before Christmas. The Christmas Market offers also self-made candles, unique Christmas decoration and textiles as well as a good glass of mulled wine.

Of course, also the village of Selva Gardena offers a special Christmas atmosphere with Christmas carols and a 300 m long old-fashioned cable car of miniature wooden cabins, shining with fairy lights.

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