Bucharest comes alive at Christmas time and there are many Christmas markets to visit where you can browse for gifts and decorations, or simply get that festive feeling from the food and drink on offer.  If you are lucky, then Santa might make an appearance at the market too! Here are a few markets you should try not to miss:

The Bucharest Christmas Market itself should be visited not only for the vendors of handicrafts but to see the huge Christmas tree that towers above you in Universitate Square.  It is open daily throughout the season and there is a merry-go-round, stage with festive acts on (full programme here), and Santa’s grotto.  It should be noted though that there are two branches of the official market and the one in Cismigiu Gardens is also well worth a visit due to the beautiful setting (and the possibility of ice skating on the drained lake there!)

Throughout the festive period the Peasant Museum holds regular craft markets in its grounds (Fridays to Sundays).  These markets offer traditional, handmade decorations and gift items from individual vendors.

Downtown you will find the ALT. Craicun (Alternative Christmas) fair which comprises of live music (evenings and weekends) and stalls. Carturesti has always been a good bet for buying presents (as well as books, of course), but the Piata Romana store is also hosting a Small Fair with Smart Presents as they call it.  In the run-up to Christmas there will also be book readings and events for kids in the attic room.