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Best Christmas Markets To Visit In Istria This Holiday Season


Holiday season always brings special joy and excitement. The lights brighten the long and dark winter nights, cheery Christmas music can be heard everywhere and the tempting smell of tasty holiday sweets and mulled wine spreads through the towns and the cities. If you are looking for an extra spice to add to the sweet holiday season, we recommend visiting Istria!

Here are some of the best Christmas markets you can go to:

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If you chose to visit Novigrad this December, you surely won’t be disappointed with the holiday activities! From December 16 to December 18 there will be a three day holiday market at the Event and Cultural Centre (CMIK) and the Mandrač port. You can expect a rich programme for both kids and adults in a dreamy festive atmosphere, with amazing live performances from Croatian music stars Radojka Šverko and Mija Dimšić among others, as well as a rich gourmet offer on the Advent stalls.

As for the biggest night of the year, the town has prepared a Goodbye 2022 open air event near the town's sports hall. During the entire day, from 11AM until 7PM, you’ll get to enjoy live music and some fantastic local food, so it will be a great option for a NYE warm-up party.


Advent Poreč will leave you with unforgettable memories and an extraordinary Christmas delight! You can test your skills at a free festive skating rink while the kids enjoy visiting Santa's house, children’s shows and workshops. While walking in the Poreč winter wonderland, you will even see the live nativity scene, along with the traditional ornaments, lights and Christmas tree.

The concerts, DJs and Karaoke Party will surely heat you up, as will the delicious food and drinks at the Christmas Market all around the city park. There are more than enough reasons to mark Poreč as one of the stops on your Christmas journey across Istria!


Christmas by the sea sounds merry and romantic, doesn’t it? That’s just a few emotions that Advent Rovinj evokes. The traditional wooden batana boat is the star of this year’s celebrations all across the town, with three hot spots filled with entertainment: the main square, in front of the St Eufemia church and at Lungomare Plaza promenade.

Throughout the Christmas season Rovinj will be filled with music in the shape of live concerts and various DJs. The Christmas market, offering festive and traditional Istrian cuisine will give you just enough energy to dance all day long! The best thing of all - you can buy some lovely souvenirs to remind you of the winter fairytale time you experienced in Rovinj!


If you think Advent in Pula will be held only near the famous Colosseum, you will be surprised because the whole town is immersed in Christmas merriness! From the workshops where they can make Christmas greeting cards and decorations, to the Santa’s Post Office where you can send letters to the North Pole, to the Santa and Mrs Claus’s Residence, children will surely have fun in Pula. The skating rink and the cheerful festive train are guaranteed to bring joy to everyone, no matter the age.

The music program is taken to another level this holiday season, as there will be live performances in Pula almost every day during Advent! You will also get to see dance and theatre performances across the town and, of course, taste some delicious food and drinks at numerous Christmas huts. Whatever you have on your Christmas list might come true at the magnificent Advent in Pula!


Istria’s hilltop jewel becomes a charming Christmas destination in the time of Advent. Along with the stunning view, you will get to enjoy gastronomic specialties and skating to the beats of live music and DJs. The children will get a chance to take a photo with Santa Claus himself at the Christmas garden in the town’s centre. The lights and decorations placed all over the mediaeval town of Motovun will make the holiday season as magical as ever!

Where to stay during Advent in Istria?

With so much to do and see this holiday season, it is not easy to pick a starting point. We recommend Hotel Aminess Maestral and Aminess Laguna Hotel in Novigrad, at which you can relax in wellness and enjoy the peacefulness of a lovely town, which might be just what you need in between the crowded Christmas markets and energy-consuming events. You can get to Poreč, Rovinj and Motovun in around 30 minutes by car and in about one hour to Pula from the serene and comfortable Christmas haven!

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