Trade fairs & festivals

Santa Maria Maggiore Christmas market

The village of Santa Maria Maggiore takes on a magical air.

We look forward to welcoming you to Santa Maria Maggiore in Valle Vigezzo for three enchanting days of pure Christmas magic. With more than 200 stalls decked out in a chalet style, the traditional Christmas market brings a warm glow to the streets and little piazzas dotted around the historic village. Typical sights to behold along the way include the evocative fire pits carved out of fir trunks and all manner of different treats to try at various food stalls, from mulled wine and traditional “Stincheet” oatcakes through to roasted chestnuts and local dishes.


Friday to Sunday, 8 to 10 December 2023

Subject to change without prior notice

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Please visit the website for a detailed programme and event timetable:

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Rates & How to get there

With the RegioExpress Bern – Spiez – Kandersteg – Brig – Domodossola you travel comfortably from Bern direct to Domodossola. From Domodossola Train Station, it’s an approximately 8-minute walk to the departure point of the Vigezzina-Centovalli Railway. The journey from Domodossola to S. Maria Maggiore takes around 40 minutes.

The Domodossola–Santa Maria Maggiore route is included in the GA travelcard and 1-day travelpass (both directions). Seat reservation not included.

Seat reservations

Reserve your seat on board the Centovalli Railway at your BLS Travel Centre.
Reservation fee:
Normal trains CHF 5.00
Panorama trains CHF 6.00 

Our tip: Extend your trip to the south by one day and benefit from the special "Domodossola-Hit" ticket.


If you have any questions, the BLS Travel Centre Bern Bümpliz Nord will be happy to help:

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