Saint Andrew’s Day is celebrated in Romania on the 30th of November, and it is probably the day that marks the beginning of the winter holiday season. On this day, at 7 pm, the decorative lights that have been set up all over the city, but mostly in the main squares and in the city center have been lit. Bucharest lights are spectacular, and people from all over the country drive hundreds of kilometers or more to get a chance to see them. If you are spending some time in Bucharest during this winter holiday, make sure to stroll on Magheru street after it gets dark outside. Maybe even stop in a coffee shop for a cappuccino with cinnamon, or better yet some mulled wine.
Aside from the spectacular views of the city bathed in the holiday lights, there is lots to do in the capital city of Romania during the winter holiday season. During the day you can go to a Christmas fair or an exhibition or just walk the streets downtown for a dose of old time charm.
While there are Christmas fairs organized in many parts of the city, the one in Constitutiei Square, just a few kilometers away from Le Boutique Hotel Moxa, is the one you shouldn’t miss. The Christmas Fair in Constitutiei Square will be opened until the 26th of December. The visiting hours are from 10 am to 10 pm every day, and the access and all the activities are free of charge! To give you just a few reasons to check it out we should mention that there will be traditional foods that the guests can enjoy and also many, many concerts. Among the celebrities that will perform on the stage at the Christmas fair this year we have Andra, Paula Seling, Andreea Banica, Stefan Hrusca, Bosquito, Ducu Bertzi, and many others. The Christmas Fair in Constitutiei Square will also host Santa’s magical home where the children can meet Santa Claus and his elves and enjoy the special carousel set up for them, as well as an open air ice-skating rink!
During the day you can do a little Christmas shopping and visit the Christmas fairs, and during the evenings you can immerse fully in the spirit of the winter holidays by going to a concert. Bucharest is famous for having such a wide variety of options for cultural events in December, so you shouldn’t miss the extraordinary Christmas concert called “Regal Vienez” at the Bucharest National Theater on the 24th of December, at 8 pm. Or if you are interested in ballet, on Sunday, the 23rd of December, you can go to the Nutcracker, performed by St. Petersburg Classical Ballet of Andrey Batalov at 7 pm at Sala Palatului. Schoenbrunn Palace Orchestra Vienna is also giving a performance on the 22nd of December, at Sala Palatului, starting with 7 pm.
Happy holidays and a Merry Christmas or “Sarbatori fericite si Craciun fericit”, as we say in Bucharest!