Christmas is slowly approaching and we keep receiving questions about Trento’s Christmas Market. It is hardly surprising, as the event is indeed special. The wooden market stalls are obviously ideal places where to buy typical local products, decorations, small gifts, and various local artefacts. But they’re most importantly the place where people can truly experience the Christmas atmosphere following the German tradition.
In light of the interest of our readers, we’ll be sharing here three facts about the market that perhaps many of you don’t know yet.
- Trentino has been with South Tyrol the first area of Italy to organise and celebrate Christmas Markets according to the German culture, and Trento had its first edition in 1993. But only in 2014 it started to be held in two squares: Piazza Fiera square and Piazza Cesare Battisti square.
- Christmas Markets are by no means a recent phenomenon. The tradition originated in Germany in the Middle Ages, although the first proper edition was then held in Berlin in the 18th century with the primary function of creating a place for families to purchase children’s presents.
- Christmas Markets are generally open for the four weeks of advent from the end of November leading to Christmas Eve. Here in Trento, however, tourists are even luckier as the Christmas Market will be open for a slightly longer period, namely from 24th November to 6th January 2019.
Therefore, there aren’t many excuses for failing to visit the Christmas Market in Trento this year.