Winter holidays are approaching, and preparations for Christmas markets are in full swing in Romania. From Bucharest to Cluj, locals and tourists are in for surprises with a touch of jingle bells and mulled wine.
The Christmas Market in Bucharest in 2023 at Constitution Square
Bucharest residents eagerly await the official opening of the Christmas Market in Constitution Square. Authorities have announced that it will open on November 30, 2023, on St. Andrew’s Day, offering numerous entertainment options and thematic activities.
The Christmas Market in Constitution Square will be open from November 30 to December 26, 2023, according to the announcement made by the City Hall. The event is already in its sixteenth edition, and admission is free. The residents of the capital will enjoy a 30-meter tall tree adorned with pine branches, festive lights, booths selling crafts and traditional sweets, multiple stages hosting ensembles and artists performing carols and holiday music, and children will delight in Santa’s House.
In addition, on the evening of the Christmas Market’s opening in Constitution Square, festive lights will illuminate the Capital.
At the market, you will find over 130 Christmas booths where artisans and local producers will showcase their art, traditions, and homemade treats.
You can discover seasonal decorations such as hand-painted baubles, ceramic bells, woven wreaths, and other specific ornaments like icons and traditional items, toys, jewelry, or natural cosmetics.
The market will be a real treat for foodies, as traditional dishes such as sweetbread, cakes, homemade chocolate, gingerbread, candies, and jellies will be available.
Here, you can also taste sarmale (cabbage rolls), pork delights, and other Christmas specialties, along with seasonal hot drinks such as mulled wine, hot chocolate, mulled plum brandy, and much more.
The market offers theater performances for children, and starting from December 15, Santa Claus will be present to listen to children’s wishes.
Christmas Market in Drumul Taberei
Another Christmas market in Bucharest is taking place in Drumul Taberei and is called the West Side Christmas Market.
It opens its gates on November 29 and will be held in the Drumul Taberei Park in Sector 6.
Bucharest residents can enjoy here an ice rink, a carousel, and a 33-meter panoramic wheel that offers a view of the entire city. There is also Santa’s House, where children can have fun with the elves.
This market was organized by UNTOLD Univers in collaboration with the Sector 6 City Hall.
As expected, mulled wine and delicacies brought by local producers such as roasted chestnuts, glazed apples, or hot chocolate await those who want to indulge in seasonal treats. The market closes its doors on December 27.
Christmas Market in I.O.R. Park
The surprises for Bucharest residents don’t end here. A third Christmas market in 2023 will take place in I.O.R. Park in the capital and will open on December 1.
The market is called “Santa’s City” and awaits Bucharest residents with a spectacular ice rink, and for the little ones, Santa will make an appearance to listen to all their Christmas wishes.
The decoration is, as every year, enchanting, and the specific winter holiday dishes will not be missing from the stalls. Children will have plenty of interesting activities, while adults can indulge in a glass of mulled wine and admire the lights.
Other cities in Romania to host Christmas markets
Other cities in Romania will organize Christmas markets, too.
In Sibiu, the famous winter market has been continuing its tradition since 2007. It is one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe.
Sibiu residents can visit it starting from November 17, and it will only close its doors on January 2.
During this period, the market will operate from Monday to Friday between 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM, and on Saturdays and Sundays between 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM.
“This year, among the main attractions, are the spectacular projections that will turn each building in the Main Square into a moving work of art, transforming the city center into a real fairytale place. Each evening will be marked by these impressive projections, bringing the magic of the winter holidays to life in a unique way,” announce the organizers.
In Brasov, tradition is preserved, and the Christmas market opens its gates on November 30, the same day when festive lights will illuminate the city.
The market closes on January 7, but the organizers have not yet announced the schedule for specific days and hours.
However, those who want to visit it will encounter 80 new booths with five different designs, turning this market into a true delight. Additionally, people will be able to enjoy artistic performances and traditional dishes, indispensable at any Christmas market.
In Cluj-Napoca, the Christmas market has the theme “Christmas Planet” and is the first holiday market organized by UNTOLD Universe in Cluj-Napoca.
The opening takes place on Friday, November 24, 2023, at 7:00 PM and will be open every day from November 24 to December 31, 2023.
Starting from November 24, 2023, in Unirii Square, over 75 illuminated booths decorated specifically for the winter holidays will be set up, where activities dedicated to children, youth, and families will take place. Additionally, the most delicious seasonal products from local producers will be available for purchase.
Visitors can find a variety of products, from Christmas decorations and magical gifts to handmade crafts, from traditional folk costumes to warm and stylish furs.
The 16th edition of the Christmas Fair in Timisoara opens this year on November 26 and ends on January 7. The market will be hosted in Victoriei Square, Libertatii Square, Sf. Gheorghe Square and Soare and Aurora areas.
In Craiova, the Christmas market will operate from November 17 to January 2 and will be organized in the city’s four squares, each with a different theme.
Authorities have announced that it will be a completely new concept compared to previous years, the Snow Queen theme: dream castle, mirror with shards, an ice rink, booths in the colors of snow, and even the Snow Queen herself. Santa Claus will come to Buzești Square.
The Christmas Market in Sighișoara is opening on December 15 to January 3. The Christmas Market in Sighișoara will take place in the Citadel Square. It will open on December 15 and close on January 3, 2024. The market will accommodate the Christmas tree, Santa’s house and traditional Christmas stalls.