The Dubrovnik Winter Festival, a relatively new addition to the city’s versatile cultural and entertainment offering, returns to Dubrovnik from December 2, 2018 to January 6, 2019 to usher in the season of winter holiday festivities and see the current year off in style. The festival brings a varied program that combines entertainment, culture, art and gastronomy to celebrate the Advent season on one of the most unique and attractive stages in the region. For the duration of the festival, the streets and squares of the UNESCO-protected city will be decorated with holiday lights and offer visitors and locals many opportunities to come together and enjoy the rich and varied program that will keep them entertained throughout the holiday season.
The Dubrovnik Winter Festival will take over a number of historic sites, including Stradun, the city gates Pile and Ploče, and the Lazzarettos, and enhance the Old Town’s otherworldly charm. Festival events – concerts, plays, workshops, folklore performances and children’s programs, among others – will be held at many different locations, both inside the Walls of Dubrovnik and across the city. During the month of festivities, parents will be able to take their kids to a skating rink or to a Christmas Tale show, or enjoy traditional Croatian sweets and delicacies with mulled wine offered at the stands set up along Stradun and in front of the Dubrovnik Cathedral.
In late December, visitors can also see a Live Nativity Scene in front of the Cathedral, dance in the tent set up next to Orlando’s Column, sing the Dubrovnik holiday carols or learn how to prepare traditional Dubrovnik holiday delicacies. Traditional Dubrovnik Christmas carols will be performed by local folklore ensembles on Stradun on Christmas Eve.
The city’s museums, galleries and theatres will welcome visitors looking to explore the city’s culture and history, while traditional craftsmen will present their works at the Christmas market on Stradun.
Stradun will also host some of Croatia’s most popular bands and singers, with festivities culminating with special concerts and impressive fireworks on New Year’s Eve. A special New Year’s Eve Party will be held for children, who will be entertained by young performers before noon on December 31.
To greet 2019, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will give a New Year’s Concert on Stradun on January 1 at noon, treating visitors to waltzes, polkas and popular arias while they are enjoying oysters with a glass of sparkling wine.
The Dubrovnik Winter Festival is organized by the City of Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and a number of Dubrovnik’s public cultural institutions and public companies.
Travellers looking to experience the magic of the Dubrovnik winter holiday season can book their stay at the Hotel Astarea. Situated in a charming seaside village only a short ride from Dubrovnik, the hotel is a perfect destination for a peaceful family holiday, offering excellent dining options and easy access to the old city’s best known landmarks. For a perfectly tranquil holiday, hotel guests can unwind at a heated indoor pool or in a sauna, or enjoy the lovely views and relaxing atmosphere of the hotel bar.
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