Romania’s Christmas Markets for 2019 are just about to open their doors to locals and travelers alike. The cold air starts smelling of cinnamon and mulled wine. Along comes glimmering lights and a faint sound of Christmas carols.
Romania may not be so well known for winter travels, but we’re here to prove you wrong. Certainly, you would miss out not to include this beautiful country on your list for the 2019 Christmas Markets.
Why Romania’s Christmas Markets for 2019?
Traveling to Romania during winter you get so much more than Christmas Markets. You get an insight into the specific Romanian traditions and celebrations.
Furthermore, visiting Romania’s Christmas Markets in 2019 gives you an opportunity to discover this country’s best cities. Also, it will sprinkle in some once in a lifetime experiences like sleeping in an ice hotel, ride Mocanita or see the Disney worthy Peles Castle.
Without further ado, let’s get all the necessary info about Romania’s Christmas Markets in 2019.
Bucharest Christmas Market
The capital city of Romania, Bucharest offers travelers an eclectic mix of culture, architecture, history and plenty of entertainment options. The main Christmas Market is in Constitution Square and will be inaugurated on 28th of November 2019.
The Bucharest Christmas Market awaits visitors with traditional food and local beverages, all under branches of lights adorned Christmas tree, each has a magical backdrop of its own.
The Constitution Square Christmas Market overlooks the House of Parliament, one of Romania’s main attraction, a gargantuan building that stands as a reminder of the communist regime.
The Bucharest Christmas Market will take place from 28th of November to 26th of December 2019 and it will be opened daily from 11:00 to 22:00.
Sibiu Christmas Market
Besides being one of the best medieval cities in Romania, Sibiu is also the place where the tradition of Romania’s Christmas Markets began. In 2007 Sibiu was named as a European Capital of Culture and held its first Christmas Market in the Small Square.
Each year the Christmas Market grew in size, the number of booths, concerts, and notoriety. As a result the Christmas Market changed its location to The Great Square of Sibiu (named by UNESCO an architectural monument). The Sibiu Christmas Market will be open from the 16th of November until 3rd of January 2020.
Brasov Christmas Market
The Brasov Christmas Market is the perfect opportunity to mix a few winter sports with your urban exploring and local Romanian food tasting.
One of the largest medieval towns in Transylvania, Brasov is nested in the Carpathian mountains which means an incredible backdrop to its picturesque Christmas Market. The forty booths selling local goodies and trinkets promise a treat for all your senses.
The Brasov Christmas Market will be open from the 1st of December until 31st of December 2020.
Although Brasov in itself is a jewel of a town, the nearby trips it offers are endless: skiing, snow sledding, trekking and hiking in the nearby mountains, Dracula’s Castle, Peles Castle, a night in the Hotel of Ice, etc.
Other Christmas Markets
Cluj made a name for itself by holding renowned music festivals like Untold, Electric Castle, Jazz in The Park and being nominated to European Best Christmas Market.
This year’s Christmas Market starts on the 22nd of November and promises to bring all sorts of interactive activities such as painting, cooking and toys workshops, concerts, theater plays, Santa’s House, etc.
Being one of Romania’s fastest-growing cities, Cluj Napoca is undeniably worth a visit.
Following the tradition set by Sibiu, Timisoara is Romania’s second European Capital of Culture in 2021. Timisoara also holds the title of being the first European country to have street lighting.
The main attraction, a 13 meters high tree, will tower over the Christmas Market that promises to be a culinary delight. The celebrations start on the 1st of December.
While the Christmas Markets described here are the largest in Romania, you should know that each city hosts its own, each with its specific food, drinks, and local celebrations. We highly recommend a local guide to point you in the right direction and give you all the insights on the Romanian winter celebrations.
Whether you are searching for a cultural tour, are more into nature and wildlife exploration, in need of a multi-day tour to make the most of your vacation or just a quick day tour from Bucharest, we are here to help you organize it.