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Bucharest Christmas Market opens on Friday

Bucharest Christmas Market opens on Friday in central University Square, where the capital’s residents will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of products ranging from painted ceramics and jewellery to traditional hot dishes and watch shows and concerts specific of the winter season celebrations.

The Romanian traders from across the country offer the visitors for a month, from 11 a.m. till 10 p.m., in 60 stalls a wide range of products: painted ceramics, icons, traditional masks, wood toys, musical instruments, jewellery, winter decorations, jam, honey and syrup, Bucharest City Hall announced in a release.

Hot Romanian dishes will entice the visitors to taste them, as they are made after traditional recipes handed down from one generation to another.

More than 10,000 lights decorate the Christmas Market arches, 200 installations of 100 lights each adorn the 60 market stalls and the 15-meter Christmas tree will be lit by over 20,000 little bulbs.

Bucharest Christmas Market also schedules 19 nights of shows performed by well-loved Romanian pop bands and artists, ensembles, children’s groups and carol singers, choirs and brass bands.

“Offer a gift, be a better person! You too can be Santa Claus!” – such is the message to all those who want to help children in difficulty. The humanitarian campaign organised every year encourages people to donate books and toys.

The National Day of Romania on December 1 will also be celebrated at this year’s edition of the Market by a special folklore show performed by renowned Romanian artists.

Bucharest Christmas Market is recorded in the network of the most important Christmas Markets in Europe, being dedicated to all categories of the public; entrance, therefore, will be free at all the events.

According to Agerpres, last year’s Christmas tree in Bucharest was rated 17th in an international ranking. Over 100,000 visitors enjoyed the winter atmosphere offered by the Market last year.

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