Maybe it's the altitude, maybe it's the pristine white landscape or maybe it's the crisp air that caresses the face... but in winter, mountain villages turn into enchanted places with a fairytale atmosphere. And Little Tibet is certainly among them, with its pedestrian centre lined with typical mountain wooden houses and a layer of white blanket covering the entire surrounding area. In the evening, then, the lights, sounds and flavours of tradition give the setting an even more magical aspect.
Families, groups of friends and couples feel they have made the right choice to stay in Livigno during the Christmas holidays: it will be like living for a few days inside an immaculate painting - almost unreal for how perfect it is - whose main subject is the classic Christmas village that all children dream of visiting at least once in their lives.
For the entire period between the end of November and January, in fact, in the top resort of Valtellina, it will be impossible not to be enveloped by the 'Xmas vibes', thanks to the snowy landscape, the trees decorated with Christmas decorations and the illuminations that reflect the warm light on the wooden houses and the snow-covered landscapes... A mix of unforgettable emotions.
And from 24 November, for the entire Advent period, at the Christmas Village, open daily from 10.30 a.m. to 6 p.m., you can let yourself be enveloped by the scents of typical local products - such as roast chestnuts, hot chocolate, traditional sweets and the ever-present mulled wine - while discovering the unique creations skilfully made by Livigno's craftsmen... An unmissable extra touch of Christmas atmosphere!
In addition to the typical Christmas activities, Livigno offers plenty of opportunities to spend happy moments in the company of whomever you wish, from friends to your family, your children or your partner: the proposals are many and able to satisfy the expectations of everyone, from sports enthusiasts, to those who just want to regenerate and take their mind off things, almost losing all sense of time, to those who want to discover the resort through taste and smell.
The more than 115km of snow-covered trails - for a total of 74 slopes, divided according to level of difficulty, some of which start from the centre of the village - are waiting to welcome winter sports enthusiasts who can enjoy themselves here all day long, thanks also to the Skilink service, active since 2018, which gives the possibility of moving from the Carosello side to the Mottolino side in just a few minutes thanks to two free shuttles. Beginners - of all ages - who want to approach the various disciplines of winter sports, on the other hand, can turn to one of the 9 local ski schools, all strategically positioned at the start of the slopes: the instructors will be on hand to familiarise themselves with snow sports, but also for those who want to hone their technique.
For those who want to experience Livigno under the banner of romance, there are many options, both indoor and outdoor.
To begin with, you can take a stroll through the pedestrianised town centre where, wrapped in Christmas lights, it will be impossible to stop yourself from searching for the perfect gift to give each other to continue to surprise each other and show your love. Here you will find perfumeries and jewellers, hi-tech and sports shops, right up to exclusive fashion boutiques and single-brand boutiques, totalling more than 250 shops catering to all tastes and suitable for every budget.
And then it is impossible not to organise a visit to the Wellness&Relax area of Aquagranda, where the new 80-seat event sauna will open at the beginning of December: it will be the place for 'sauna ceremonies' where aufgussmeisters will take turns during the day to offer moments of pure wellbeing.
Alternatively, it is also possible to purchase one of the many packages on offer, such as the 1 day relax&fun" package, which includes a day's admission for adults and then a romantic couple's massage to regenerate body and mind.
If, on the other hand, the couple appreciates outdoor moments, they cannot miss the Sunset Emotion: available every day at 6 p.m., this experience signed by Sitas allows them to enjoy a one-hour ride on a snowcat used for transporting people while admiring the magical colours of the sunset that tint the peaks of the surrounding mountains.
Groups of friends who have chosen Livigno for their holidays will also be satisfied with their choice: in addition to the daytime fun on the slopes - where they can practice winter sports and then take a break in one of the refuges on the two sides -, in the evening, Piccolo Tibet offers many Disco Pubs where they can spend their after-dinner trying cocktails finely made by professional barmen and some local signature drinks made with "Contrabbando" gin, which encapsulates the true essence of the area.
In fact, this product is made locally, starting from the harvesting of juniper berries - a tenacious plant that resists the wind and the weight of the snow cover, hiding its fruits, the very ones that make it so famous, among the prickly needles - which is also a clear reference to the history of Little Tibet: it tells the incredible stories of the mountain smugglers who faced long night journeys to transport sugar, coffee, bottles of alcohol and cigarettes, defying the law and nature.
As well as in bars, it is also available in local supermarkets and duty-free shops, either to have a bit of Livigno at home or to give as a gift to gin lovers at Christmas or to celebrate New Year's Eve with friends.