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The most beautiful time of the year, Christmas season always comes with fairy-like decorations that adorn city streets, creating a magical atmosphere. Christmas fairs have become an important part of the cheerful holidays, luring locals and travellers. Romania has some fascinating Christmas markets, where local crafts, traditions, and food are brought closer to the visitor, creating a magnificent opportunity to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. These are the astonishing Christmas fairs in Romania that you should not miss.
Starting on December 1, Bucharest dresses up for Christmas, as plenty of beautiful lights and Christmas trees adorn the city. However, the Christmas market is the city’s main attraction around the merry celebrations. Constituției Square is decorated with more than 100 small houses, filled with handmade ornaments, traditional clothes, cosmetic products, and toys. So if you have a friend who absolutely loves hand-crafted jewellery or decorations, this is the perfect moment to get them a present with a Romanian touch. The little ones can visit Santa Claus’ house and meet Santa himself starting on December 16, ready to listen to their wishes and prepare the presents list. The carousels and ice rink are a feature of the market, too, for the delight of the whole family.
Those who want to discover traditional crafts will be thrilled to find out some of the craftsman’s secrets. From glass and wood workmanship, to the creation of personalised Christmas decorations, Romanians love creating handmade products and are ready to share their knowledge with you.
Traditional food from the Christmas market is something that should not be missed. Toothsome sarmale, polenta, sausages, cheese, and delicious homemade cakes like Cozonac, or homemade jams await you to discover the local cuisine and warm your heart with a cup of mulled wine. All these, while listening to one of the 1,000 musical groups that will entertain the Christmas market from December 1 to 27.
One of the most beautiful in the country, Sibiu Christmas Market gets more and more festive every year. This time, not only will the small houses be filled with beautiful lights, but the building in the Big Square will also be bathed with light projections. National and international exhibitors display their creations in lovely wooden houses. From uniquely-painted Christmas globes to tasty homemade sweets, you will surely find some wonderful gifts.
What is really unique in Sibiu is the atmosphere created, often compared to the Christmas market in Vienna. Romanians from all over the country, as well as foreigners, come to Sibiu in December to wander in the market, enjoy a cup of mulled wine, visit Santa’s house or enjoy a ride on the carousel. With such a mesmerising ambience, especially at night when the little lights twinkle in the Big Square, Sibiu is undoubtedly enchanting.
Already at the top of the jolly Christmas fairs in Romania, the Christmas market in Cluj Napoca surprises every year with something new. In 2017, every day of December is dedicated to each member of the family: from the little ones to the grandmas and grandpas. Each day, workshops, theatre performances, carol singing, and concerts are animating the fair. At Santa’s house, children can enjoy ceramic modelling, origami and music workshops, puppet theatre representations, or listen to Christmas stories.
A big ice rink surrounds the Matthias Corvinus statue, where both the little ones and the adults can have fun together. The big, marvellously-decorated Christmas tree stands proud in the market, completing the charming atmosphere. Surely not to be missed if you are in town in December and enjoyed with a kurtoskalacs, a local dessert, and a cup of mulled wine to warm your hands and your soul.
The Christmas market in Timișoara stands out as an alternative to the classical ones. Called ‘Christmas at the Citadel’, the market is organised at the Maria Theresia Bastion by the National Museum of Banat. Decorated with traditional ornaments, the fair is ideal for those who want to discover local products. Around Christmas, the ambience will be electrified by one of the best electro-swing groups of Austria, Eugene the Cat, and by the Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra, creating a melting pot of ska, reggae, and funk music.
However, the traditional Christmas market organised in the Victoriei Square is not missing the festive season. An array of Christmas decorations, gifts, seasonal food, and concerts will enliven the ambience. The little ones can find their gifts in Santa’s bag, waiting for them on the Christmas market, and take part in creative workshops.
This year brings a special edition of the Christmas Fair in Brașov, having representatives from Linz in Austria, and Nuremberg in Germany exhibiting at the stands. Spectacular decorations will embellish the Council Square, creating a great ambience. Brașov’s artisans wait for the visitors with handmade decorations and traditional products, all in magical surroundings.