The Telegraph (U.K.) recommends the region of Trentino Alto Adige in northern Italy as a great place to experience Christmas markets and a little skiing. Close to Germany and Switzerland, this lesser known region shares a long history of Christmas markets with its neighbors. “The town of Arco, three miles from Lake Garda, is particularly popular with families during the festive period, thanks to the presence of Father Christmas, his reindeer and a special Christmas train, in addition to small wooden stalls that dot the gardens in the town’s historical centre, laden with toys, dolls, foods, ceramics, glassware, candles and baubles,” the article notes. The Arco Christmas market takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from November 21 to December 21, and on December 22 and 23. Visit www.nataletrentino.it for more information on the Arco market as well as those in Trento and Levico. For those who want to get a little skiing in along with the shopping, the Telegraph recommends “the stylish resort” of Madonna di Campiglio, about an hour away.