Discovering the colourful Christmas fairs in Istria

If you’re looking to experience a memorable European festive fair, then you may want to head to the vast, varied and beautiful lands of Istria. Whilst fabulous to visit all year round, Istria really comes to life at Christmas, boasting a truly magical atmosphere, and none more so than at its Christmas fairs. Vintage Travel explores three of the most colourful Christmas fairs in Istria.

Dubrovnik at night

Dubrovnik Christmas Fair

Visit the pulsating town of Dubrovnik from December 6, 2016 until January 8, 2017, and you’ll be able to experience the wonderful Dubrovnik Christmas Fair. The fair is held in the stunning entrance of the Convent of Saint Claire.

Featuring a multi-coloured array of embroidery, porcelain, ceramics, glassworks, toys, candles, ornaments, cookies, sweets, almonds, and many other quirky homemade delights, if you’re looking to pick up some unusual Christmas gifts for your loved ones, the Dubrovnik Christmas Fair won’t disappoint!

The Christmas Fair of Brtonigla

Warm yourself at this atmospheric Christmas fair with a tumbler of homemade brandy! As well as brandy, there’s plenty of homemade wine, cheese, honey, desserts, and other delicious home cooked delights available to try on the many colourful stalls of the Brtonigla Christmas Fair.

Children are well catered for at this magical Istrian fair, with Santa Claus himself flying in on his sleigh to hand out toys! Choirs will be present, filling festive carols into the night air, in a Croatian Christmas fair that’s not to be missed.

Novigrad Christmas Fair

Snuggled between the towns of Umag and Porec is the quaint fishing village of Novigrad. This charming fishing village comes alive during the Christmas season, when it hosts a memorable Christmas fair.

Imaginative gifts, music, activities for the children, local culinary delights, amidst an incredible festive environment, ensures the elegant Istrian town of Novigrad and its atmospheric fair, is well worthy of a visit at Christmas.