With less than two weeks to go until Christmas and for the shopping for the near and dear, Bucharest has plenty of season fairs to offer, of various duration, themes and products. Here is a round-up of what you can sample to get inspired to spread the holiday cheer.

The month long, open-air Bucharest Christmas Market is the location to visit for traditional gifts and an extensive artistic program. Every night the fair features artists ranging from local pop bands to traditional, folk music performers on the stage at Piata Universitatii. Here children can leave letters for Santa Claus prior to his coming, while grown-ups can sample various season food, cozonaci, mulled wine, sweet bread or magiun. Various traditional objects are also on sale, from painted ceramics to carved wood, icons and embroideries.

When: Until December 27th; 11.00 – 22.00

Mit dem feierlichen Prolog eröffnet am Freitag (30.11.2007) das Nürnberger Christkind, Rebekka Volland, einen der ältesten und beliebtesten Weihnachtsmärkte in Deutschland, den Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt. Die 16-Jährige trug das 30-zeilige Gedicht von einem Balkon der Frauenkirche vor und läutete damit die Vorweihnachtszeit in Nürnberg ein. Bis Heiligabend wird an rund 180 Ständen das weihnachtliche Sortiment angeboten. Die Stadt erwartet auch in diesem Jahr etwa zwei Millionen Besucher. Der älteste Nachweis für den Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt geht auf das Jahr 1628 zurück. Foto: Marcus Führer dpa/lby +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++ +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++

The German Embassy in Bucharest is organizing, in partnership with various organizations doing social work, a Traditional German Christmas Fair. The Fair will take place in the parking lot of the embassy. Various traditional German specialties, sweets and drinks, will go on sale at the fair, where those interested can also acquire season decorations, handcrafted art objects, candles or wooden toys. The fair will also have a musical program, with performances from the Karpatenshow fanfare, the Children’s Choir of Deutsche Schule Bukarest (DSBU), the Choir of the Teachers and Parents of Deutsche Schule Bukarest, the International Choir Bucharest and the Children’s Choir of the German Goethe College.

All proceeds from the fair will go to charity. Entrance to the event is free.

When: December 11th; 16.00 – 20.00.

Hosted at Caturesti Verona for the past ten years, the Small Fair with Smart Presents as it is called, covers thousands of books, sweets, decorations, games and toys, tea, music and films to watch with the family.

Carturesti2Grown-up bookworms will find here the most recent releases of Romanian literature or translations as well as international best sellers such as Jamie Oliver’s Comfort Food. Children can find here the newest book in Jeff Kinney’s series The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, while for music gifts one can find here Adele’s latest release 25 as well as Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams. Also for children, between December 15 and 18th, the attic of Carturesti Verona is hosting the traditional Story Nights, a project developed together by the Princess Margareta Foundation and bringing together highlight story tellers and an audience of children.

The fair is open daily and the schedule is extended during busy days. A similar selection is available at the Carusel location in the Old Town.

When: December 8th – December 21st, 10.00 – 22.00.

The Ozosep Gastro-cultural Fair will run a special Christmas edition in the Verona garden behind the Carturesti bookstore. The fair brings the public the opportunity to sample various Székely specialties, prepared according to traditional recipes but also wooden toys and traditional ceramics. The fair hosts a workshop where children can learn to craft Christmas decorations and a concert by the D.N.S. band.

When: December 12th – December 13th, 10.00 – 18.00.

For the design minded, at least two events are available. A Christmas edition of Dichisar is taking place at Impact Hub Bucharest, bringing a host of products of local designers. The fair will accommodate a Brunch & Coffee by Coftale, a clothing repairing station, a henna tattoo and braiding demonstrations.

When: December 12th – December 13th, 9.00 – 20.00

NODThe NOD Christmas Fair will take place at Nod makerspace, with plenty of colorful design gifts, made out of a variety of fabrics and materials and ranging from small furniture pieces to clothing items. Several demonstrative workshops are also included in the program.

When: December 18th to December 22nd, Saturday and Sunday: 15.00 – 21.00, Friday, Monday and Tuesday: 17.00 – 21.00. The warm drinks are on the house.

A mix of contemporary Romanian art and the holiday spirit can be found at the ALT. Craciun (A Different Christmas) alternative fair, taking place at Arcub Gabroveni. Visitors can encounter here clothing, jewelry, design objects and music created by local artists. Every night, starting 19.00, alternative music bands and various choir ensembles will bring various musical moments.

When: December 7th – December 23rd, 12.00 – 22.00.

Photo sources: Carturesti & NOD Facebook pages, Marcus Führer dpa/lby (c) dpa – Bildfunk