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The Christmas Village of Ortisei - Val Gardena

100 emotions, 1000 presents and countless events

Christmas is here and there’s no place like Ortisei to truly experience this merry time of the year with all five your senses. Listen to Christmas carols, be guided to the doors of bakeries and stalls by the sweet smell of Christmas cookies wafting through the village, kneel and ever so lightly touch the wood carved nativity scene figures, gaze in wonder at the advent decorations peppering the village and the landscape covered in snow. At the end of the day sit back, close your eyes, and enjoy a steaming mug of mulled wine. December is that time of the year when the main village in Val Gardena becomes truly magical.

Fairy-tale like huts beckon guests to taste regional products and scrumptious dishes. You’ll be spoilt for choice, with a wide range of original gift ideas, delicious biscuits and cakes, luxurious wines and grappas.
Opening times
Christmas Village Ortisei:

01.12.2016 - 08.01.2017

Opening ceremony Thursday, 01.12.2016 by 17.00

Monday – Friday
from 16.00 until 19.00
Saturday – Sunday
from 11.00 until 19.00

Opening times holidays
08.12.-11.12.2016: 11.00 - 19.00
24.12.2016: 11.00 - 17.00
25.12.2016: 11.00 - 19.00 (optional)
31.12.2016: 11.00 - 18.00
01.01.2017: 11.00 - 19.00 (optional)

You can also revel in the astounding number of events which ensure the Christmas village strikes a, quite literally, veritable chord, thanks to the collaboration with local associations. There is something exciting to look forward to on every single day: choirs, ensembles, alphorn musicians and students from the Val Gardena Music School will ensure that the Christmas Village of Ortisei rings out in festive cheer.
Wait, there’s more! There’s craft workshops and baking classes for everyone on the programme. And don’t miss out on the opening of an advent window on Piazza Stetteneck. The massive advent calendar was created together with the ‘Cademia’ art high-school. Art also deserves its place in the event programme, as it holds a special place in the locals’ hearts.

Art and tradition are not left on the sidelines: take a look at the nativity scene exhibition organised by the Wood Carving Association, Gardena Art, which can be admired in the centre of Ortisei.
The century-old nativity wood carving tradition lives on in the most different pieces and is a veritable marriage between tradition and our modern times. The nativity scene is always interpreted anew and its beauty leaves the onlookers speechless. The merry feeling is strengthened by a life-size nativity scene on the chapel’s main square.

Every wish and dream are fulfilled when it comes to providing the perfect Christmas atmosphere- or are they? If you want to send your very own letter to Father Christmas all you need to do is put the letter in his very own letter box, to be found on Piazza Stetteneck. Those letters will surely get to Father Christmas in no time!

Typical, authentic and yet so unique: Christmas dons its very best when visiting Ortisei. Come to this veritable Christmas Village and spend some fun time in a merry and Christmassy atmosphere.