It may surprise some people that Christmas isn’t observed on January 7, which is Orthodox Christmas Day, given that Bulgaria is an Orthodox Christian nation that observes Easter on the Orthodox dates. Until the Communist government decreed that Christmas should be observed on December 25 in the 1960s, this was indeed the case.
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Christmas was kept in December even after the Communist regime fell in the early 1990s. Not only Bulgaria, but also Romania, Greece, and Cyprus changed their national holidays to December 25 in the 1920s.
When do Christmas markets open in Bulgaria this year?
Although Bulgaria doesn’t have as strong a tradition of Christmas markets as central European nations like Germany, Switzerland, France, or Austria, this is starting to change as more and more cities organise Christmas and New Year bazaars over the holiday season.
Looking for specifics as well as sources of additional information? For you to quickly and easily check the opening dates for Bulgaria’s Christmas and New Year markets and events, we established this page.
Christmas Market Opening Dates in Bulgaria 2022
No formal dates have been set for any of Bulgaria’s more well-known Christmas/New Year markets as of June 2022.
As soon as we learn more, we’ll update this page. In the meantime, you can look at the table of 2021’s Christmas and New Year’s Bazaar dates below. Even if the dates do change a little from year to year, we find that using the dates from prior years as a guide helps us anticipate when the celebrations will take place this year.
|Location||Christmas Market Name||2021 Dates|
|Burgas||Burgas Christmas Bazaar in the Woods||Dec 16 – 19|
|Chavdar||Christmas Village of Bulgaria||Dec 11 – Jan 1, 2022|
|Dobrich||Dobrich Christmas Bazaar||Dec 6 – Jan 2, 2022|
|Gorna Oryahovitsa||Gorna Oryahovitsa Christmas Bazaar|
|Pleven||Pleven Christmas Bazaar||Dec 3 – Jan 4, 2022|
|Plovdiv||Christmas Bazaar Kapana||Dec 17 – 26|
|Silistra||Silistra Christmas Book Bazaar||Dec 13 – 17|
|Sofia||German Christmas Market in Sofia||Nov 19 – Dec 21|
|Tryavna||Tryavna Christmas Bazaar|
|Veliko Tarnovo||Veliko Tarnovo Christmas Bazaar||Nov 26 – Dec 31|
|Yambol||Yambol Christmas Bazaar||Nov 27 – Jan 2, 2022|