Snow is pretty much the main ingredient of a proper Christmas but better yet the festive mood can be doubled, trebled and millioned in Val Gardena by a combo of local cheer and organised events. Leave the teeming streets of your nearest town and do your last minute Christmas shopping in the traditional Tyrolean markets, usually held within all three villages. Little wooden huts, covered by twinkling lights, are traditionally grouped together selling little trinkets, food and decorations. The ski schools get merry too and may do a torch lit descent after which you can enjoy whatever fantastic feast the hotels and restaurants have put together.
It’ll be hard not to notice the degree of skill that is displayed in the wood carvings produced in the area, sometimes there’s a pretty huge nativity scene on show at the Iman Centre in St Cristina. Selva’s known to have an ice-sculpting competition at this time of year that will raise an impressed eyebrow or two. All ages can enjoy ice skating in the St Cristina Iman or Selva Pontives sports centre – it’s not uncommon for there to be a professional ice show at some point too. You also have the option for a Husky ride, some tobogganing or a horse and carriage ride for a festive activity or two.