Happy December in Istria

Feel the holiday spirit in Istria while walking through the streets and attending events. Christmas fairs offer a variety of ideas for gifts and home decorations while town squares abound in good music, mulled wine and excellent festive food.

Children and adults have prepared for you numerous Christmas concerts and performances in churches and theaters, as well as the inevitable arrival of Santa Claus.

This part of year will fill the streets and squares of Umag with numerous entertainment, culinary and concert events. Prepare the children to have great fun with Umagic Holidays. Novigrad, too, prepared for you a rich entertainment program!

A Christmas fair will be held in December in Brtonigla. This year’s fair will invite you to experience a holiday story with unique hand-made and local products, which can make a great Christmas gift. In Grožnjan, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus with their assistants have prepared a rich cultural program, playrooms for children and a variety of eno-gastronomic offer.

You are very welcome to visit Santa’s house in Kaštelir and get ready for his arrival. There is a variety of workshops and playrooms for children where they can also write a letter to Santa, while parents revive their childhood memories.

The Advent in Poreč is always interesting to both adults and children - free ice skating, events, concerts, good traditional food and, as every year, an unforgettable New Year's Eve Party with great music and entertainment.

A real Christmas Magic will take place in Rovinj in December while there is also great music at the Rovinj Music Festival. Should you decide to spend New Year’s Eve in Rovinj, famous Croatian singers will entertain you and your friends on the main square.

In Pula, different events under the name December in town will be held every day, including the Creativity Fair which is an ideal place to find Christmas gifts. Spend the New Year's Eve on one of the town squares with live music and great entertainment.

The Christmas-New Year's Fair, as part of the happy December events, will be organized for all ages in Pazin. A live nativity scene will welcome you on the streets of Sveti Lovreč. The performances in the open always attract attention.

Past and present are intertwined everywhere in Istria, as well as in gastronomy. Meals that used to be prepared for Christmas can still be found on the today's Christmas menu - with some changes. Spend the Christmas holidays in Istria and find out more about our gastronomic tradition in restaurants, taverns and agritourisms all over the peninsula.

You can send off the old year in one of the hotels which prepared a rich program and enjoy in live music. For those who don't mind the cold, there is always a possibility to have fun at the main squares and enjoy the crowd and the fireworks!

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Praises from abroad to Istria

  • Best Olive Oil Region in the world 2016, 2017 and 2018

  • Istria 52 Places To Go In 2017

  • 10 Best European
    Wine Destinations 2016

  • 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2015

  • World's 2nd Best Olive Oil Region 2010 - 2015

  • Top 10 Valentine's Day Retreats 2014

Already receiving significant earned media in outlets such as National Geographic Traveler Huffington Post and mention in notable guidebooks like Lonely Planet, international journalists and tour operators alike continue the praise heaped upon the Istrian peninsula and all it has to offer making it one of the world's top destinations.