The forty day long Dubrovnik Winter Festival, which starts this Saturday at 8 pm, will offer many opportunities to celebrate together.
Bring your children to the ice skating rink or to see the Christmas Fairytale play, warm yourself up with mulled wine, enjoy delicious food in the chalets lined along the main street of Stradun, or dance to live music in front of the Church of St. Blaise. Have fun in the theatre, visit galleries and museums, and learn how to make Dubrovnik’s traditional sweet delicacies… simply enjoy winter in Dubrovnik, a unique city and a World Heritage Site.
This year’s Dubrovnik Winter Festival will begin slightly earlier than last year and will run from 19th November, 2016 to 1st March, 2017. The Christmas illuminations will begin to shine in all their glory on the evening of November 19th, the first day of Advent, and will remain until January 8th. Programs for the Festivity of Saint Blaise and the Dubrovnik Carnival will follow the Christmas program. Let’s see what Dubrovnik has to offer in the 2016 and 2017…
ADVENT IN THE CITY
The program of Dubrovnik’s winter festival – Advent in the City – begins with the lighting of the first Advent candle.
The uniqueness of Dubrovnik is also visible during the month of giving. This year’s Christmas market will be set up on the most beautiful street in Dubrovnik, Stradun, where traditional craftsmen will present their handicrafts, Christmas decorations, and traditional Christmas cakes and sweets will be offered as well.
Join in with the traditional Dubrovnik kolenda (carols), which have been sung on Christmas Eve and on New Year’s Eve since olden times, offering congratulations and wishing everyone a joyful holiday!
Dubrovnik’s many visitors will bring in the New Year of 2017 while entertained by a spectacular music program which will already begin in the morning hours of December 31st, New Year’s Eve. The New Year’s program includes a diverse, entertaining three-day program, in which everyone will find something interesting. The New Year will begin with the traditional New Year’s Day 10 km race, and a special treat will be a concert of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by oysters and champagne, beginning on New Year’s Day at noon.
FESTIVITY OF ST. BLAISE
The Festivity of Saint Blaise, the day of the patron saint of Dubrovnik – who holds the City in his hand and whose statues adorn the city walls and gates – is a special day that has been celebrated ever since the year 972. The celebration is quite special and typically Dubrovnik. A series of secular and sacral concerts, exhibitions, book presentations, and theatre performances are all dedicated to the patron saint of Dubrovnik, whose statues watch over us. The festivities begin with Candlemas on February 2nd and the most important event is the religious procession on the actual Day of the Festivity of St. Blaise on February 3rd.
Our ancestors also had fun, and so should we… is a saying that can be heard in Dubrovnik during the carnival period. All ages have one day to show their masks and on the last day of carnival the biggest masquerade party takes place. Enjoy the company of fairytale characters, fairies, and elves, and feel the wild rhythms of live music, dance while wearing masks, feel the special atmosphere of jokes, laughter, joy, satire… Experience the special spirit of the City during Carnival!
VALENTINE’S DAY IN DUBROVNIK
Dubrovnik offers its charm, history, timeless beauty, and special atmosphere to lovers during St. Valentine’s as well, and for many years it has been recognized as one of the most romantic cities in the world, and one of the sweetest places for marriage proposals.
News Source: Just Dubrovnik
Photos: Dubravko Lenert