holidays in belgrade and sarajevo

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 view of the Skadarlija area in Belgrade during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

The Skadarlija area or Skadarska Street in Belgrade during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Holiday decorations in downtown Belgrade, Serbia.

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.

The stage is set for the New Year’s Eve concert in the heart of Belgrade, Serbia.

The Holiday Market in Sarajevo has local food and crafts for sale.

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 held in the Holiday Village in Sarajevo.

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.

Gardos Tower in Zemun, Serbia during the holidaysThe Gardos Tower in Zemun is beautiful any time of year, but it has a little extra flair with small reminders of the holidays at this time of year.

Square Nine Hotel in Belgrade, Serbia decorated for the holidays.

The Square Nine Hotel in Belgrade was wrapped for the holiday season.

Cathedral of the Most Holy Heart of Jesus in Sarajevo

The Cathedral of the Most Holy Heart of Jesus in Sarajevo was decorated simply for the Christmas holiday.

 

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