Christmas markets and Covid-19: will they be done or not? – Italian Cuisine

Christmas markets and Covid-19: will they be done or not?

Between canceled events (but other planned initiatives) and stalls set up online, we try at least not to "cancel" the atmosphere of Christmas

Usually in this period we look forward to the inauguration of the Christmas markets, stalls and lights that bring the Christmas atmosphere to cities and villages throughout Italy, which allow us to be together, experiencing a magical moment of flavors and aromas and to find some original ideas for Christmas gifts including artisan products and food and wine specialties. But this year it really seems that we will have to do without it. Among the provisions introduced by Dpcm of 3 November to counter the spread of coronavirus there is in fact a ban on festivals and fairs, including markets.

Markets canceled from Val d’Aosta to Trentino, but …

The traditional Marché Vert Noel, the Christmas market in Aosta foreseen in the Roman theater, it was canceled by the Municipality which, however, reserved the possibility of organizing an alternative event based on the new rules that may be launched after November 24th. Also to Trento an ordinance of the mayor has banned the Christmas markets until 31 December, but there are already those who have proposed to have them from 1 to 15 January. Meanwhile, a tree in the square and a forest for children will be set up.

The magical Advent of South Tyrol (even without markets)

The repercussions of the canceled markets? In South Tyrol, for example, losses of 46 million euros are estimated for the five markets in Bolzano, Merano, Vipiteno, Bressanone is Brunico. After the markets were lost, however, the South Tyroleans did not lose heart and planned a Advent more intimate, but always magical.

TO Bolzano the city will be illuminated by a large tree (1300 lights and 21 meters) in Piazza Walther and there will also be the large Advent wreath placed around the ancient statue of Walther von der Vogelweide which will mark the approach of Christmas. An exhibition of traditional and non-traditional Christmas cribs and decorations will also be set up here, while the large comet will shine in front of the Savings Bank building. Thanks to three different installations, the traditions of San Nicolò, Frau Holle and Santa Barbara will be revived in different points of the historic center. And for the little ones? In Piazza Municipio there will be the small house of Hänsel & Gretel. Christmas Walks will then be organized to discover suggestive and particular locations of the city, while the hotels in the area will offer holiday packages with accommodation and activities offers.

TO Merano the traditional lights will be more than usual and warmer and more subdued. The Christmas Walks will be organized itineraries that will allow everyone to walk outdoors, discovering the most beautiful and hidden corners of the city, with a lantern in hand to illuminate and "warm" the path.

The stalls move to the Internet

If live markets are banned at the moment, there are those who have thought of transfer the houses on the Net. As to Montepulciano, in Tuscany, where the Christmas market will be organized online to support producers and artisans and to keep this tradition alive by giving everyone the opportunity to buy local products and Christmas baskets. Also to Como the event City of Toys, which for 26 editions has made young and old dream with the festival of lights and markets, is about to unveil its online program. We wait…

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