Article prepared by our Media Partner Orizzonte Italia Magazine
Are you ready to discover a place where the magic of Christmas comes to life? We’re talking about Alta Badia, an enchanting area nestled in the Dolomites. Here, Christmas traditions are still deeply cherished and celebrated with great enthusiasm. If you’re curious about what to do during the Christmas season in Alta Badia, what events and activities await you, keep reading!
WELCOME TO ALTA BADIA: WHERE THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS COMES TO LIFE
In Alta Badia, during the Christmas season, you can breathe a magical and charming atmosphere. The lights that illuminate the streets, the scents of traditional cuisine, the Christmas markets that take over the main squares of the villages – everything contributes to creating an unforgettable experience. In this little corner of paradise, the snow makes everything even more magical. Here, you can also savor local delicacies such as speck, cheeses, Kaminwurzen, and typical Christmas sweets while admiring the snow-covered mountains. Outdoor activities abound as well: from skiing to snow walks, ski tours, and snowshoe excursions organized by the ski schools.
Ski & Snowboard School Corvara Ladinia – Alta Badia – Corvara
Among the most exciting experiences are those offered by the Scuola Sci & Snowboard Corvara-Ladinia, which, in addition to providing courses for adults and children, organizes helicopter trips at dawn to the base of Marmolada for skiing on freshly groomed slopes or ski tours of the Sellaronda that conclude by flying over the Dolomites at sunset.
CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS IN THE AREA: FROM GASTRONOMY TO DECORATIONS
In Alta Badia, Christmas is deeply felt and celebrated with unique culinary traditions and decorations. Local gastronomy takes centre stage in Christmas celebrations, as families gather around tables laden with local specialties such as canederli, speck, and polenta, accompanied by the exquisite wines of the region.
If you desire to explore the authentic flavours of this land, a lunch or dinner in a mountain hut or a typical restaurant will not disappoint. Note down these addresses:
Restaurant Salvan – Alta Badia – Corvara
The Ristorante Pizzeria Salvan, with its typical and welcoming atmosphere, is the ideal place to relax and spend pleasant moments indulging in good Ladin cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant, just a 5-minute walk from the centre of Corvara, offers Italian specialties and typical Tyrolean dishes accompanied by a rich selection of wines.
If you are pizza lovers, cooked in a wood-fired oven, this restaurant will not disappoint you!
Club Moritzino – Alta Badia – Badia
Club Moritzino is one of the most exclusive locations in South Tyrol. A heartfelt place where entertainment and gastronomy blend to offer customers an incredible gourmet experience. The restaurant’s cuisine is curated by chef Marco Spinelli, who also provides visitors with the option of an eight-course tasting menu that pairs well with great local, Italian, and international wines, including champagne and sparkling wines. Located directly on the ski slopes at an altitude of 2100 meters, it is also ideal for a quick lunch or Après-Ski. Moritzino’s terrace, above one of the most beautiful ski slopes in the world, the Gran Risa, offers the most beloved musical aperitif in all of Alta Badia.
Rifugio Scotoni – Alta Badia – San Cassiano
Rifugio Scotoni, on Alpe Lagazuoi, in the heart of the Fanes – Sennes – Braies natural park, is a magical place where you can admire the beauty of a unique world panorama and savour the scents and flavours of genuine dishes, carefully prepared with passion, satisfying even the most discerning palates. Excellent grilled meat from the famous butcher Dario Cecchini in Chianti and polenta with melted cheese can be enjoyed with a good bottle of wine chosen from a selection of over 600 labels.
But it’s not only the good cuisine that captures visitors’ attention during the Christmas season; the Christmas decorations are also a fundamental element of the celebration. The streets of the village light up with colourful lights, and Christmas markets offer the opportunity to purchase handmade crafts, such as tree decorations or nativity scenes. These traditions make Alta Badia the perfect place to spend the holiday season.
WHAT TO DO DURING CHRISTMAS IN ALTA BADIA: EVENTS, ACTIVITIES, AND ATTRACTIONS
The Christmas period in Alta Badia is fantastic and full of experiences to enjoy. There are plenty of outdoor activities such as ice skating, snow excursions, and winter walks. Additionally, many events take place during the Christmas season, including classical music concerts, light shows, and fireworks. There are also attractions for the little ones, such as visits from Santa Claus or story readings under the tree. In Alta Badia, there’s something for everyone!
Local traditions and engaging activities can also be found in hotels, where the authentic mountain charm makes the holiday even more magical.
Hotel Ladinia – Alta Badia – La Villa (BZ)
The family atmosphere, attention to detail, and comfortable furnishings, imbued with the pleasant scent of wood, make Hotel Ladinia the ideal choice for an unforgettable alpine-style stay. In a privileged location, very close to the Piz La Ila cable car and La Villa chairlifts, the hotel offers various types of accommodation, including suites and junior suites, apartments with every comfort, and many services for ski enthusiasts, including a rich buffet breakfast, traditional cuisine, and a wellness centre.
But don’t forget that Christmas is above all a time for sharing and affection. So, what could be better than spending the holidays in Alta Badia with the people we care about?
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