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Stollen and Zelten Christmas cakes and the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner

An inseparable part of Advent is the perfume of mulled wine, punch or, as befits South Tyrol, hot apple juice. Alongside a wide range of Christmas biscuits, people also eat the zelten cake made with fruit and nuts (formerly bread containing dried pears). The zelten were already being made on Tyrolean farms hundreds of years ago specially for Christmas (on St Thomas’ Day, 22 December) and on Christmas Eve they were given to the serving maids and farm labourers. The tasty ingredients such as dried pears were found around the farm and nuts were plentiful, so the bread with its healthy contents was a veritable boon for body and soul in winter in the Alps.

The Advent and Christmas season is also really cosy with us in Leitlhof - Dolomiten. The pine-green Advent wreath, the festively decorated Christmas tree and the Christmas crib invite us to linger, gaze and pause. The Christmas dinner with our guests on Christmas Eve is followed by a culinary high point in December, the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner.

The festival at the end of the year was first celebrated by the ancient Romans, when in 153 BC the New Year was moved from 1 March to 1 January. It was originally dedicated to Janus, the Roman god of the beginning and the end. The New Year’s Eve traditions now vary greatly from one country to another. 

In Leitlhof - Dolomiten the Silvester-Gala Dinner is a festive 8-course dinner with live music and a great fireworks display. We shall be delighted to provide you with further details.