Spending Christmas in Bucharest? If you are here, it means you are looking for places to discover the Christmas vibes in Bucharest, Romania. As a local, I can tell you all about the famous and not so famous spots in Bucharest, what to visit in Bucharest in December.
Before focusing on Christmas season events, make sure to check out the amazing things you have to do and see in Bucharest all year round.
Let’s discover what to do for Christmas in Bucharest and what other events are happening in December in Bucharest.
The official Christmas Market of Bucharest
Location? Piata Constitutiei
When? Opened every day from 11:00-22:00, between 28th November – 26th December 2019
Organized by the Bucharest city hall, this Christmas market is located in Constitutiei Square (Piata Constitutiei) and it has a huge Christmas tree, over 100 of food and souvenirs stalls, a carousel, an ice rink and a stage.
Admission is free and during the weekends they have music concerts and on some other selected days. Check the Bucharest Christmas Fair Facebook event for more info.
Admire the Christmas decorations
When? The Christmas decoration light on the 28th of November in the entire city.
Although the entire city is decorated, the most central squares and boulevards have the best decorations. If you are spending Christmas in Bucharest, then you will and can not miss them.
I recommend visiting: Piata Constitutiei, Piata Unirii, Piata Universitatii, Piata Victoriei, Aviatorilor Blv, Kiseleff Blv, Arcul de Triumf, Piata Presei.
Cismigiu Ice Rink
Location? Cimigiu park
When? Monday – Thursday 10:00 – 21:00, Friday – Saturday 10:00 – 24:00, Sunday 10:00 – 21:00
Admission? 15 lei – Monday to Thursday, 20 lei Friday to Sunday
The Ice Rink from Cimigiu park has become a tradition and it’s probably one of the most famous ice rinks in Bucharest. An attraction itself, people come just to admire it, but if you love to skate, then you love it.
The admission prices are a 2h period. Every 2h, they take a 1h break to clean the ice. Skates are available for rent for 10 lei, and you have to pay a 50 lei deposit for each pair (which you get back upon returning the skates).
Christmas Market at the Peasant Museum
Location? Museum of the Romanian Peasant, Monetăriei 3 street
When? 13th-15th December, 10:00 – 18:00
This is a small but full of traditional food, decorations and souvenirs. Here you will have a taste of the Romanian traditions. And a smell of it. They sell (and offer for tasting) desserts, traditional vegan food (de post) and non-vegan traditional dishes (fish, cheese, pork, sarmale – cabbage rolls with minced meat, barbecues, pickles, bulz – traditional polenta with cheese).
If you want to buy traditional icons, glass and wood objects, ceramics, wool objects and toys, this is a good market for it. I recommend this market if you want to take a look at traditional clothes and taste traditional foods. Of course, you can also take them home.
This is the traditional Peasant Christmas Market Facebook event.
Bucharest Short Film Festival
Location? Cinemateca Eforie
When? 14th-20th December, 19:00 – 21:00
Admission? 15 lei/day, 70 lei for all days.
Tickets available, at the location, one hour before the projections and online here: https://eventbook.ro/festival/bucharest-short-film-festival
Bucharest Short Film Festival is an independent event, “designed with and for artists, to offer them a platform of free expression”.
The festival focuses on independent films from around the world.
This is the 4th edition of the festival and offers a selection of awarded films ( Annecy, Bafta, Berlinale, Cannes, Clermont-Ferrand, Locarno, Oscar Academy Awards, Moscow, Palm Springs, Raindance, Venice, Sundance, Tribeca, Toronto)
The BSFT promises stories and unique perspectives from all around the world.
Films with English & Romanian subtitles.
For more info, check out the Bucharest Short Film Festival Facebook event.
Mezanin Market @Palatul Universul
Location? Mezanin, Actor Ion Brezoianu 23-25
When? 21st-22nd December
Mezanin market aims to bring joy and friendship among visitors and exhibitors and encourage all the people who get here to get to know each other and share stories. Here you will find jewellery, home decorations, interesting drinks, clothes, eco-friendly products, books, and natural cosmetics.
Mezanin space has Beans&Dots, a coffee shop for coffee enthusiasts.
For more information, check out the Mezanin Market @Palatul Universul Facebook event.
Alt.Crăciun by Mercado Comunale
Location? Mercado Comunale, Strada Gheorghe Polizu 28 – 36
When? 7th – 22nd December
Check out this alternative Christmas Market, near the main trains station in Bucharest. There you will find a food market, Romanian designs, presents and concerts. The market has 12 days of live concerts. Their hashtag is #AltCraciun
Check out the Alt. Craciun Facebook event for more info.
Dizainăr Christmas Presents Market
Location? Dizainăr, Puțul cu Plopi 17
When? 13th-22nd December
If you are still looking for Christmas present, this is the place where you will find over 700 beautiful and practical presents. Most items are made from natural materials, meant for people who look for local, well-made products. You will find home decorations, ceramics, kitchen items, furniture, clocks, books, toys and jewellery.
Check out the Dizainar Fair Facebook event for more info.
NeoXmas. Anniversaire 7
Location? Neogalateca, 2-4 C.A. Rosetti
When? 5th -28th December
A shop-gallery with 20 artists and designers, in an artsy space. Here you will find art, designs, jewellery and fashion accessories and more.
Check out the NeoXmas Facebook event for more info.
Cold War – 30 years from the fall of the communist regime
“Războiul rece” – 30 de ani de la căderea comunismului
Location? Palace of Parliament, Constantin Brâncuși hall (str. Izvor nr. 2-4)
When? 5th -31st December 2019
Christmas is a happy holiday, but if you are spending Christmas in Bucharest, then you have to learn a bit about the local history.
The conflicts from the communist states and the period after the second world war changed the lives of millions of people. The exhibition is in English and illustrates the West and the East, and how this affected all areas of day to day life.
If you are for Christmas in Bucharest or just trying to discover Bucharest in December, then I hope this list of events and places will help in your exploration. Of course, there are many other events happening, but I mentioned only the ones I would personalty visit or have visited already.
Enjoy your time in Bucharest and Merry Christmas!