With the coming Winter and one of the most famous Holidays right around the corner, enthusiasts around the World eagerly anticipate the grand spectacle of Christmas Markets that adorn the country’s cities and towns. One true hidden gem you wouldn’t know it to be true until you see for yourself, would be how fun and great the Christmas Markets in Romania truly are.
Romania is known for its rich cultural traditions on a normal day basis, but Christmas is no exception. The country comes alive with an array of charming and magical Christmas Markets that cater to visitors of all ages, not just intended for locals, as they are a magical destination that welcomes visitors from around the world to partake in the beauty and wonder of the holiday season in Romania.
Without further ado, here is a list of the most beautiful Christmas Markets around Romania to look forward to when coming for Holiday around this time of year.
Sibiu Christmas Market
Bucharest Christmas Market
Cluj-Napoca Christmas Fair
Brasov Christmas Market
Timișoara Christmas Market
1. Sibiu Christmas Market
Nestled in the heart of Transylvania, the Sibiu Christmas Market is renowned as one of the most picturesque and enchanting in Romania. The very first Romania Christmas Market was held in Sibiu, in 2007 when the city was the European Capital of Culture.It was the first Christmas Market in Romania and soon other Christmas markets were organized across the country. In 2012, the Sibiu Christmas Market was included in the top “15 Of The Most Beautiful Christmas Markets in Europe”.
The historic town square, surrounded by centuries-old buildings, is transformed into a winter wonderland, with sparkling lights, artisanal stalls and the delicious aroma of traditional Romanian dishes wafting through the air. Visitors can explore the beautifully adorned wooden chalets, showcasing an array of handcrafted gifts, local delicacies and holiday decorations. A visit to the Sibiu Christmas Market is like stepping into a fairytale, with an ice skating rink and festive entertainment making it an unforgettable experience for all.
2. Bucharest Christmas Market
The capital city of Romania, Bucharest, hosts a Christmas Market that is nothing short of spectacular. Set against the backdrop of the majestic Palace of Parliament, the Bucharest Christmas Market is pleasing eye-candy. Visitors can revel in the beauty of the city’s central park, where they’ll find an array of market stalls offering traditional Romanian crafts, handmade ornaments and delectable street food. We strongly recommend leaving your diet on holiday when you visit the Christmas Market. As much as we like this subject which is very close to our hearts… and stomachs, we should continue with some other surprises. The market also boasts a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, a skating rink and a multitude of entertainment options, making it fantastic. The Christmas atmosphere will be “sweetened” by the voices of the folk singers but also some great rock bands, per the amateur’s delight.
3. Cluj-Napoca Christmas Fair
Cluj-Napoca, the unofficial capital of Transylvania and main hub for all of the vampires, hosts a delightful Christmas Market that captures the essence of the holiday season. This vibrant market takes place in the Unirii Square, adorned with the sparkling lights and colorful decorations. Visitors can enjoy hot mulled wine, traditional Romanian pastries, catch a ride on the beautiful Ferris Wheel to get a good view of the entire city and shop for unique, handcrafted gifts. The Cluj-Napoca Christmas Fair often features live music and cultural performances, adding an extra layer of festive spirit to the event. It is a great market that needs to be experienced at least once in your lifetime.
4. Brașov Christmas Market
The charming city of Brasov, nestled in the Carpathian Mountains, boasts a Christmas Market that combines the magic of the season with the beauty of its surroundings. Located in the Council Square (Piața Sfatului), this market is famous for its festive ambiance. Visitors can browse through stalls selling handmade gifts, seasonal treats and experience the joy of horse-drawn carriage rides through the cobblestone streets. The stunning backdrop of the Black Church and the medieval architecture adds to the enchanting atmosphere of the Brașov Christmas Market.
5. Timișoara Christmas Market
Timișoara, often referred to as the “Little Vienna”, hosts a captivating Christmas Market that evokes the charm of the town. The market is set in the Union Square (Piața Unirii, we promise it’s different than Cluj) and features a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, vintage carousels and a selection of traditional Romanian and Austrian cuisine. Visitors can explore stalls filled with unique crafts and gifts, adding to the festive spirit of the city.
Each of these Christmas fairs in Romania offers a unique blend of tradition, culture and enchantment.
Whether you’re searching for traditional Romanian gifts, mouthwatering seasonal treats or simply want to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit, these fairs are the perfect destination for a magical Christmas experience.
The warmth and hospitality of the Romanian people, coupled with the country’s rich cultural heritage, make these fairs a must-visit during the holiday season.
As the winter chill descends upon the country, these Christmas Markets light up the hearts of both locals and tourists alike, ensuring that the holiday season in Romania is truly a time of wonder and joy.