Almost three million Christmas lights – which adorn the Capital on a length of 23 km – are lit until the end of winter holidays. Before lighting them up, Oprescu said that, when he was a child, he wished to see Bucharest shining this way and wished ‘Many Happy Returns’ to those who celebrate their name day on Saint Nicholas, as well as to all the citizens of Bucharest and Romania.
According to the Municipality, Christmas lights were lit on the Magheru, Nicolae Balcescu, I. C. Bratianu and Unirii boulevards, from Piata Unirii Square to the Palace of the Parliament, and from the Palace of the Parliament to the intersection with Mircea Voda, Lascar Catargiu and Regina Elisabeta, as well as on the Kiseleff Avenue and in the Piata Victoriei Square, on Calea Victoriei, at the Triumph Arch, in the Old Town, in the Piata Constitutiei, Piata Regelui, Piata George Enescu and Piata Universitatii squares, on the Buzesti – Berzei Boulevard, and in the Piata George Enescu Square.
Lights will also be lit on Calea Dorobanti Avenue, the Aviatorilor Boulevard, the Bucharest-Ploiesti Avenue, Piata Charles de Gaulle Square, Piata Rosetti Square, the Carol Boulevard and at the Piata Presei Libere Square.
The joyful ornaments are also present at the Bucharest entry points on DN1, A2 and A1 motorways, also on the road to Giurgiu, the Tineretului Boulevard, at the gate of the Tineretului Park, as well as on the Ferdinand Boulevard.
Christmas Market, open until January 5
For the second year consecutively, the Bucharest Municipality – through CREART – organises in the Piata Universitatii Square, on the esplanade with statues, the event named ‘Bucharest Christmas Market’ from December 6 to January 5. The Christmas market opened in a decor conceived by Viaceslav Vutcariov from 12 tons of fir tree branches. In its 65 wooden booths, visitors are greeted with hot wine, winter decorations and ornaments, exhibitions of traditional and handmade objects, religious icons painted on glass and wood, traditional Romanian clothes and food.
At this Christmas market, Bucharesters can see a 15 metres high fir tree adorned with 2,000 lights, and are invited to watch shows specific to winter holidays.
The stage installed in Piata Universitatii will host shows performed by folk musicians, children groups, carol singers, traditional dancers from all the regions of the country (Maramures, Baia Mare, Gorj, Sibiu, Alba Iulia, Bacau, Ialomita), as well as well-known folk singers: Dinu Iancu Salajanu, Matilda Pascal Cojocarita, Stefan and Horatiu Cigu, Tudor and Nicolae Furdui Iancu. “The evening of December 26 will be marked with an extraordinary Christmas concert,” Municipality officials announced. According to organisers, this year’s edition of the market includes, in premiere, the project ‘Christmas with Angels’ of the Photo Union studio of photography, which will run on December 13-21. The photo artists invite the public to “visit the market in a holiday atmosphere, in order to take a photograph which is then offered as a printed postcard.”
“Children will experience the emotion of Christmas alongside famous characters from fairy tales and, of course, they will tell stories to Father Christmas, will recite poems and will colour books. All these activities will take place in an atmosphere of fairy tales,” the Municipality added.
Bucharest is included in the international network of the most important Christmas markets of Europe – ChristmasMarkets – whose official member it is.