If you’re planning your first trip to Romania or are looking to return for a winter holiday, Sibiu is Romania’s most popular Christmas destination. Sibiu Christmas market is the highlight of a December visit to the region, with the city bustling with winter events, Christmas stalls, children’s playgrounds and a cosy atmosphere.
This Transylvanian winter celebration is known as The Christmas Fair in Sibiu (Târgul de Crăciun in Romanian). While it attracts an international audience, the majority of visitors come from all over Romania. The main city square is lit up from November to December with light shows projected onto the historic buildings and Christmas decorations hung on every corner.
For more than 500 years, ethnic German people were settled in Transylvania. These Transylvanian Saxons contributed to the rich culture found in Sibiu and elsewhere in Transylvania. This is what makes Christmas in Sibiu such a unique experience, one you won’t find anywhere else. There is a fascinating mix of diverse cultures that made Sibiu what it is today.
Sibiu Christmas Market 2021
Sibiu Christmas Market dates: 20th November – 26th December 2021 (dates still to be confirmed).
Location: Piața Mare, Sibiu old town.
Opening times: 10am to 10pm daily.
Reason to visit: For a unique Christmas experience in the heart of Transylvania, Romania.
Travel tip: Take a day trip to the stunning town of Sighisoara or a road trip to include Brasov and Peles Castle.
Recommended tours: Sibiu sightseeing tour or take a day trip to Sighisoara.
Where to stay in Sibiu: Art Hotel is 3 minutes from the Christmas market square.
Winter events: Sibiu Show – Festival opening night on the 15th November 2019.
Sibiu weather in winter: Temperatures average 3°C / -5°C (high / low) in December.
Plan your trip: Resources to plan your Christmas holiday or winter break.
Things to Do in Sibiu, Transylvania
Sibiu is a rapidly growing city with a current population of 425,000. It’s a compact city and easily walkable meaning the best way to see the sights is to get out and walk. These are the top things to do in Sibiu, along with the Christmas markets of course.
- Start your visit to Sibiu in the main square, Piața Mare with a visit to the Council Tower, a historic tower from the 14th-century.
- The Bridge of Lies. The legend says that the bridge will collapse if someone sits on the bridge and tells a lie. Try it to see for yourself. The Bridge of Lies is a small pedestrian bridge connecting Upper Town and the Lower Town.
- The City Walls. The beautiful red bricks of the city walls is a lovely sight as you walk around the old town.
Visit the official Sibiu Christmas website (in Romanian) for more information. Be aware there may be travel restrictions and health measures in place when travelling to Romania. Keep informed of the latest situation by visiting the official government travel and health websites. It may be prudent to delay your travels and visit the Sibiu Christmas market in 2022.
Map of Sibiu
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