Christmas markets in Cortina


The most anticipated time of the year for young and old is just around the corner: Christmas is approaching.

Those who love Christmas and the magic that it represents won’t want to miss a visit to Italy’s most beautiful Christmas markets.

Which are the best? The Christmas markets in Cortina are definitely one of the best.


Cortina, the jewel of the Dolomites, is located in the province of Belluno in the Veneto region of Italy and has been winning the hearts of tourists and travellers for decades.


But where exactly are the Christmas markets in Cortina and how can they be reached?

Read on if you want to know more! Where are the Christmas markets in Cortina

Cortina d’Ampezzo owes its fame to the Christmas markets that take place every year in the streets of the town centre, notably on Corso Italia, which is the heart of Cortina’s shopping.

Corso Italia is full of elegant and opulent boutiques that make it both sophisticated and appealing in everyone’s eyes.


For the Christmas market event, quaint little wooden houses are set up in the centre of Cortina. They are set up and taken care of down to the last detail to make the Christmas experience realistic and fantastic.

Handicrafts, one-off pieces can be purchased inside the small houses. It is worth it just to be able to admire them.


The stalls set up to welcome you on the Christmas tour will be finely decorated with Christmas decorations, embroidery, toys, candles and much more. Among the stalls you will find food stands where you can enjoy local products and Christmas sweets.

Walking through the Christmas markets is a multi-sensory experience. You will be enchanted by the Christmas lights in harmony with the candle flames, the objects of extraordinary beauty, the fruity smell of mulled wine and freshly baked biscuits, the taste of roasted chestnuts and other local specialities.


When the Cortina Christmas markets begin


The Christmas markets in Cortina begin with the opening of the Advent calendar on the fa├žade of the historic former town hall building.

As of 1 December, therefore, a window in the building is opened every day to reveal a Christmas art installation. An initiative that will make you appreciate the uniqueness of Cortina.

Furthermore, it is possible to spend a holiday on skis in Cortina. What could be better than a snowy Christmas!


How to reach the Christmas markets in Cortina by car


By car, the Christmas markets in Cortina can be reached in several ways:


Coming from the Brenner Pass: take the A22 motorway to the Bressanone/Varna exit. After the exit, follow the Pusteria main road to Dobbiaco. At the first roundabout, take the first exit towards Cortina. After another thirty-one kilometres you will finally reach Cortina.


If you are coming from East Tyrol and Felbertauern: you must pass Lienz and continue to Toblach. Once you reach the third roundabout, you must take the third exit and follow the signs to Cortina.

If you are coming from Venice: take the A27 Venezia-Belluno motorway and follow the SS51 to Cortina, which is sixty kilometres away.


How to reach the Christmas markets in Cortina by train or plane


To reach Cortina by train, take the Venezia S.Lucia- Calalzo di Cadore train route. The Calalzo di Cadore station is the closest to Cortina and is about 35 kilometres away, so once you get to the station you have to continue by bus.


As far as air travel is concerned, the nearest airports are in Treviso, Venice, Verona and Bergamo.


How to reach the Christmas markets in Cortina stress-free


In order to be able to move around more easily, without stressing yourself by driving your car or getting tired by walking too much, I recommend you use the transport services of the famous Venetian ATVO line. The ATVO transport company serves the entire eastern Veneto region and offers good connections to and from Cortina. ATVO lines also provide a good airport connection.

To keep up to date with all location schedules or to book a ticket, visite the official website and finally enjoy the Christmas air at the Christmas markets in Cortina!