Christmas Fair


The holiday season brings Old Dalmatian traditions back to life in Dubrovnik homes and in the Old Town with the opening of our Christmas Fair. This year it is being held at Luza Hall and many will be presenting traditional handmade holiday crafts. Tables will soon be covered with intricately designed festive table cloths, traditionally used for the holiday feasts. Small wooden decorations made with the simple tools of ancestors to hang from family Christmas trees will be sold. I have watched the skilled hands of the many artists who sit quietly and smile kindly as I complement their creativity. It is an honor to know these people who share traditional skills and customs with the community.

Santa decoration

Santa decoration

Small kiosks are also scattered around Gundulic Square. There homemade Christmas cookies and sweet local delicacies can be tasted and washed down by mulled Dalmatian wines. I very much enjoy wandering about to taste many favorites including Brustulani Mjenduli (sugar coated almonds), and traditional Dubrovnik Kontonjata (quince jelled concoction) as well as the light crunchy Hrostule (fritter) and many more treats prepared for the holiday season.

Hrostule

Hrostule

The fair will be opened from 03 December until 08 January with entertainment for all the generations including Christmas carols on the Jesuit Church steps. Professional ensembles, children’s choirs, dance troupes will enhance the season of Advent with performances.

Kontonjata

Kontonjata

The ambiance of the holiday is enhanced when homes sparkle with special lighting and greenery, when the tables are covered with festive tablecloths and decorations, when families gather for prayer and feast. It is very important that the old traditions are recognized to be of value and coming back to life in modern families and homes.

Advent Wreath

Advent Wreath

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9 thoughts on “Christmas Fair

    • No cruise ships during the holidays, thank goodness. The town is busy with local residents again and New Years Eve is a spectacular.

  1. So sad to miss out – oh, how nice it would be to see the fair and live the life, buy Hrostule…instead of having to make them. But hey, one day, one day soon!

    • You can come by here anytime to make them for me, since I have no clue. I cannot wait to see you here, perhaps this year?

  2. i thought it all looked beautiful, especially the food products (my area!!). Great pictures and makes me want to fly to Dubrovnik to see all the pagentry!! Thanks for posting!

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