It's a time of magic in Novi Sad
If there's one city, which is exciting for a visit at any time of the year, but especially during winter, it's Novi Sad. No, we're not biased, even though we have a lot of reasons to be. In December, Novi Sad turns to a winter fairytale, and that's why it's a must-see place. Take your family or friends and go on a winter adventure!
Novi Sad's Winter Fest
(December, Trg Slobode)
Winter Fest is taking place in the city's main square. It's a festival that magically turns an ordinary square into a square with wooden cottages that offer sausages, pretzels, mulled wine, candy, and other tasty treats. You can also buy souvenirs, Xmas decorations, even Xmas trees with root balls. If you're romantic, treat yourself with a drive in a New Year's carriage. You can enjoy live music, starting from 6 PM every night, when children from Novi Sad's elementary schools sing Christmas and New Year's songs on a stage named "Singing Christmas Tree." From 7 PM till 8 PM, every weekend, you can hear performances of Novi Sad's musicians and well-known DJs "spin the records" from 8 PM till 10 PM.
The youngest visitors can have a lot of fun on hay playground and carousel. And if you like to take photos, you'll enjoy the best selfie spots: "Old Timer Photo-Boot", "Winter Fest Gate" and "Angel Wings" and the change of perspective - "Christmas Observation Post" lets you take photos from the bird's eye view.
Ice skating in Icy Forest
(December 6th – January 20th)
Every year, Icy Forest sprouts out in Dunavski Park. It's the biggest temporary skating rink in the country during the New Year's and Christmas holidays. It consists of a central covered skating rink, skating track around the lake in the park, and it's open every day, seven days a week, from 9 AM to 10.30 PM. Shifts last for an hour and a half, and there's a free school of skating for the youngest visitors. If you don't have ice skates, don't worry, you can rent them. If you get hungry, again, don't worry, there are booths with winter delicacies and gifts and even a restaurant. On weekends and holidays, Icy Forest is the best place to skate and party. Check it out and find why.
Christmas-New Year's concerts
(December 14th – January 11th)
Musical Youth of Novi Sad (MONS) started organizing Christmas-New Year's concerts over 20 years ago to bring the holiday spirit to people of Novi Sad, regardless of the calendar they follow. This year MONS will host performances by famous musicians from Croatia, Hungary, France, and Serbia, who perform different types of music, from religious music to gypsy jazz and French chansons. The concerts will take place in Synagogue, Serbian National Theatre, and The Gallery of Matica Srpska. Hurry up and buy tickets; they almost sold them out.
New Year's Eve (2020 and 7528)
(December 31st, Trg Slobode, and January 13th, different places)
One year closer to becoming a European Capital of Culture 2021, Novi Sad officially celebrates two New Year's Eves in a concept that celebrates the unity coming from diversity for the third year in a row.
Visitors will have a chance to experience a real audio-visual spectacle with video mapping, animation, and installations made by visual artists Rodrigo Guzman Cazares and TKV in collaboration with students from visual design schools.
There will be a lot of great music performed by famous regional and world music stars: Bajaga and Instruktori with quartet and a choir, Artan Lili, Mahmut Orhan, Let 3, Irkutsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Božo Vrećo and Camerata Academica, Children's Opera, Lollobrigida, Elemental, Kralj Čačka, Dado Topić & Time After Time, Goran Trajkoski, Nolah Live, Dejan Petrović with orchestra, Svemirko, Biljana Krstić with Bistrik orchestra, "Body as an Instrument," KabareBre, Letu štuke, Alitor, Ljubičice...
All the events during the 2020 New Year's Eve will be free and all-day, while 7528 New Year's Eve events will be held in different places, and tickets will be available from December 23rd.
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