Christmas Markets in South Tyrol
Christmas traditions in Merano and Environs

At the end of November, several historical cellars, courtyards and castles in Merano and its surrounding areas are transformed into traditional Christmas markets. Local artists and artisans from the nearby South Tyrolean villages offer local products for sale, and Christmas lights and music help create a special South Tyrolean holiday atmosphere, especially in the Advent markets held at Tyrol Castle, S. Leonardo/St. Leonhard and Scena/Schenna.

The Christmas market in Merano/Meran (Meraner Weihnacht in German) in the center of the spa town is especially spectacular. The Christmals market is a certified Green Event, and is known for its environmentally friendly emphasis on local and seasonal products. Small wooden stalls line the streets. At Thermenplatz square, giant Christmas bulbs welcome visitors to dine in an uniquely festive atmosphere between the ice skating rink and the famed Terme Merano thermal baths. Traditional music and brass bands also add to the holiday mood.

Christmas in Merano
Advent atmosphere in Merano

The end of November marks the start of the enchanting Christmas Market (Meraner Weihnacht) in Merano/Meran, which lasts until January 6. The promenade lights up with sparkling decorations and music fills the air of the Piazza Terme/Thermenplatz square, brightening up the Christmas Market.
The numerous attractions include a children's merry-go-round, an ice-skating rink, a children’s zoo, small restaurants in the shape of giant Christmas bulbs on the Thermenplatz square and spa treatments in the Terme Merano cube. Ergonomically designed wooden stalls of ecological construction are arranged in rows on the promenade leading up to the Piazza della Rena/Sandplatz square.
South Tyrolean handicrafts, artworks, traditional delicacies, Christmas decorations and local farm products are on display at the stalls. The Christmas bulbs made of wood, glass and felt can comfortably accommodate up to eight persons inside. Known locally as Thermenkugln, these colorful compact bistros serve South Tyrolean cuisine. With all this and more, the Merano Christmas Market is in full swing.


Our varied weekly program for the Christmas season and New Year’s eve:
Welcome party with aperitif.
Special christmas dinner.
Fink’s wine cellar.
Afternoon pastry buffet.
Live music and dance.
Piano evening at the nearby Finkenhof.
New Year’s Eve gala dinner with party afterwards.
Extra long breakfast hours on New Year’s day.
Winter hike.
Hike with torches.
Hotel’s own, free bus transfer to the valley station of the lift leading to ski region Meran 2000.
Child’s holiday and animation program for babies, small kids and youngsters.


Family ski region Meran 2000:
40 kilometres of ski runs in all degrees of difficulty, modern lifts in a clearly structured atmosphere and fair prices - Meran 2000 has developed into one of the best-suited ski regions for families in all of Southern Tyrol. Starting at our Finkenhof or Finkennest, you can reach the valley station of the lift within 10 minutes. The new panoramic lift of Meran 2000 will transport you to the ski run in only 7 minutes. For more detailed information, please view www.meran2000.net
For information on the local school of ski, please view www.skischule-meran2000.com.