Quick History of the Sofia Christmas Market
Officially known as the Koledaria Christmas Market, the Weihnachtsmarkt is a German-style Christmas market in the heart of Sofia. It’s a smaller, let ostentatious version than those in other cities (from what I hear. This was my first European Christmas Market, but I’ll be in Vienna’s in a few weeks). It’s only been open for a few years, beginning in 2009, but it’s growing in popularity.
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The Christmas Market in Sofia opened on Friday, but in true Bulgarian fashion they didn’t really get underway until Saturday. Saturday night, I headed down with friends. We drank mulled wine, ate bratwurst, sauerkraut, and potatoes, and listened to a holiday show for children. I swung back by on Sunday night to get in a little shopping. Rather than describe every little detail, I thought I’d share my favorite photos (and video). Enjoy!
A video from my Facebook page streaming the market live:
From Karolinka In & Around Bulgaria, a visit to the market in the snow
A write-up from Foreigner & Friends on the market
From Radisson Blu, why you should spend Christmas in Bulgaria