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Best Christmas markets in Italy 2022

For a chic Christmas in Milan, a traditional one in Govone or Brixen or a Mediterranean one in Trieste, the most beautiful Christmas markets in Italy await you this winter.


Italy brings together all the ingredients to be a must-see destination at Christmas: the country is so Catholic that the Pope has his home there.The Italians certainly have the best gastronomy in the world but also delicious pastries, traditional cookies, pasta 100 % homemade, and the best wines.


Want to take advantage of your Christmas getaway to go shopping? Italy is world famous for its stylists and its great couture houses, but also for its artisans. You will find your original 100% made in Italy gifts during your Christmas holidays in Italy.


Are you struggling to choose from the most beautiful Christmas markets in Italy for 2022? Book your flights, accommodation and tours and activities at the best price and visit not 1 but 2 or 3 Christmas markets this winter.



Best Christmas Markets in Italy - Govone Christmas Market - Copyright Mercato di Natale Govone - European Best Destinations
Mercato di Natale - Govone

1. Govone

From 12th November to 18th December 2022

"Magico Paese di Natale” takes place in the little village of Govone, into the hills of Langhe-Roero, the wine region in Piedmont – Unesco World Heritage Site. This is one of the most important Christmas event in Italy, a magic experience that gives the opportunity of feeling Christmas atmosphere in a special place. In winter time, the entire village of Govone turns itself into the magic kingdom of Santa Claus, with a lot of cultural and gastronomic attractions.


There is the wonderful Christmas market, with artisans selected all over Italy. There is a Street Food area and a Magic Kingdom Wine shop, where visitor can find all the traditional local delicacy. But the unique experience that identify this incredible Christmas village is the amazing musical show of Santa Claus, hosted every day in the scenographic Savoy royal castle of Govone.


Opening dates: From 12th November to 18th December 2022 (only the weekends).


How to get there: Book your flights to Cuneo or Turin (1h by car or public transport).


Where to stay: "Agriturismo Monbertola" 1km from the Christmas Market.


Best Christmas Markets in Italy - Brixen (c) Arnold Ritter - European Best Destinations
©Arnold Ritter

2. Brixen/Bressanone

From 25th November 2022 to 6th January 2023 (TBC)

During Advent a very special Christmas atmosphere prevails in the Cathedral Square in Bressanone/Brixen. The Christmas market manages to blend the bustle of activity with tranquil surroundings. The market itself offers many original gift ideas from the area's traditional Alpine craftsmanship.


Delicious mulled wine and local specialities make for a reflective Advent season in a cheerful evening atmosphere. A Christmas fairy tale played out in the shadow of the cathedral and beneath the hundreds of tiny lights. 


This year the Christmas market of Brixen celebrates it`s 30th anniversary. As highlight the spectacular light- and musicshow "Soliman's Dream" will be demonstrated in the impressive courtyard of the Bishop's Palace/Hofburg.


Opening dates: From 25th November 2022 to 6th January 2023 (TBC).


How to get there: Book your flights to Bolzano (40 min by car) or Innsbruck Airport (1h) as well as your accommodation.


Where to stay: "Hotel Goldener Adler" 200m from the Christmas Market.


Best Christmas Markets in Italy - Milan Christmas Market - Copyright Milano Turismo - European Best Destinations
Milano Turismo

3. Milan

From 25th November 2022 to 6th January 2023 (TBC)

An outdoor seasonal event with over 60 market huts spread around the magnificent Duomo of Milan dedicated to traditional Christmas products (Xmas decorations, baubles for the tree, nativity cribs, Befana stockings for the Epiphany and so on).


A festive market that joyfully combines culture, tradition, taste and discovery: besides guaranteeing the excellent quality and variety of food, it will enable visitors to rediscover the many artisans who will create and exhibit their artistic wares.


Don’t miss out on the fun workshop activities and entertainment for kids, charity initiatives and lots, lots more. 


 Opening dates: From 25th November 2022 to 6th January 2023 (TBC).


How to get there: Book your flights to Milan as well as your accommodation and tours & activities


Where to stay: "Odsweet Duomo", 200m from the Christmas Market.


Best Christmas Markets in Italy - Trieste Christmas Market - Copyright fabrice_gallina - European Best Destinations

4. Trieste

From 7th December 2022 to 1st January 2023 (TBC)

At Trieste Christmas Market you can find gift articles, artisanal items and typical Central European enogastronomic specialities. For the kids there is a living creche realized with real animals. This Market begins with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in Piazza S. Antonio. 


Opening dates: From 7th December 2022 to 1st January 2023 (TBC).


How to get there: Book your flights to Trieste, Venice (1h30 by car) or Pula (1h30).


Where to stay: "B&B Hotel Trieste". Stay in the heart of Trieste. 


Best Christmas Markets in Italy - Bolzano Christmas Market - European Best Destinations

5. Bolzano

From 25th November 2022 to 6th January 2023

Originally called “Christkindlmarkt” has become the most awaited pre-Christmas event in Italy. From the end of November to 6th January around eighty exhibitors present everything that creates a Christmas atmosphere also thanks to the numerous events associated with it. Bolzano is considered the italian capital at Christmas.


During advent, the city is filled with the colours and sounds of Christmas and hundreds of lights illuminate the streets of its historic centre with the traditional Carols that can be heard and in the background.


Piazza Walther and also the old town hosts the characteristic wooden huts of the market, where typical decorations made of glass, wood and ceramics are sold, as well as gift ideas inspired by old traditional crafts, food delicacies and delicious Christmas cakes like the "Zelten" of Bolzano.


Opening dates: From 25th November 2022 to 6th January 2023.


How to get there: Book your flights to Bolzano, Verona (1h15 by car) or Innsbruck (1h30).


Where to stay: "Four points Sheraton Bolzano". One of our top picks in Bolzano.



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