The Balkans are doing more each year to decorate for and celebrate the Christmas and New Year holidays. Due to the different calendars, the celebrations begin early in December and carry through January 15 with the largest celebrations happening on New Year’s Eve. The holiday season is a great time to experience the capital cities. Key holidays include:
- December 25 – Christmas (Gregorian calendar)
- December 31 – January 1 – New Year (Gregorian calendar)
- January 7 – Orthodox Christmas (some celebrate the 5th-7th) (Julian calendar)
- January 13-14 – Orthodox New Year (Julian calendar)
The Skadarlija area or Skadarska Street in Belgrade during the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Many were enjoying romantic holiday strolls in the old town in the heart of Belgrade.
The stage is set for the New Year’s Eve concert in the heart of Belgrade, Serbia.
Local foods and crafts are available for gift givers as well as souvenir shoppers in the Holiday Markets that were in both Belgrade and Sarajevo. Inside the holiday village in Sarajevo, children’s games and activities were also available as well as live performances by local artists.
Free nightly concerts are given by local artists in the Sarajevo Holiday Village inside a large tent. There is also an outdoor stage where dance groups perform.
The Square Nine Hotel in Belgrade was wrapped for the holiday season.
The Cathedral of the Most Holy Heart of Jesus in Sarajevo was decorated simply for the Christmas holiday.