Christmas is coming to Sibenik!

Sibenik is celebrating! Despite pandemic times, cities authorities decided to organize once again Adventura, the Šibenik Christmas Fair. So, if you happen to be in the vicinity, do not hesitate to visit us in December.

Streets, squares and public parks are full of festive lights and ornaments. You can grab something delicious at one of the street food stands and choose between concerts, workshops and exibitions. Plus the whole program is zero waste, so you can even bring your own cup.

Curious facts about Christmas markets

  • The oldest one is Striezelmarkt Christmas Market in Dresden dating back to 1434.
  • The most famous is certainly Vienna’s Christkindlmarkt and it is probably the most imitated one.
  • Advent in Zagreb has been voted the best Christmas market in Europe by European Best Destinations three times in the row.
  • Traditions of Christmas tree, Christmas carols, and giving presents on Christmas Eve are connected to Martin Luther. His teachings, dating to the 16th-century, suggested that the birth of Christ was a more appropriate gift-giving day than other saints’ days.
  • The most popular food on Christmas markets are sweets. In Croatia you should try traditional ginger breads called medenjaci if you got to the continental part of our country. But if you happen to be on the coast, especially in Dalmatia, than it is a must to try fritule.


Known also as uštipci, pršurate, frite or prikle – it is a deep-fried sweet dough. In the past they were made specially on Christmas Eve. Depending on the origin of the recipe fritule also contain raisins, walnuts , almonds or pine nuts. They are seasoned with vanilla, lemon or orange zest, Maraschino liqueur, ground nutmeg, cloves or cinnamon. Although today you can eat fritule with various toppings such as chocolate or caramel syrup, originally they are sprinkled only with sugar. They are best when eaten warm, not cold nor too hot.

You can find out more about traditional Dalmatian sweet in our other blog post.

An evening photo of big Christmas tree decorated with big lights and lot of small lights, on Poljana, main square in Sibenik
Christmas tree on the Sibenik's central square Poljana - a photo from Adventura, Sibenik

And last, but not the leats, a short list of Best Christmas markets in Europe for 2021 according to the Times.

All photos are taken from Adventura, Sibenik.