There’s something special about taking a solo trip to Sibiu during Christmas , the season that’s becoming so fast paced that it’s leaving most people more exhausted than fulfilled.

A spontaneous getaway either solo or with a small group of friends might be just what you need to disconnect from the pressure of “getting everything” done on your checklist.  Make it your “Christmas” gift this year to visit a lesser known, German inspired Christmas market in the heart of Transylvania. Sibiu will make for a holiday escape worth remembering, giving you extra time to enjoy what really matters during the Christmas season: introspection, reflection and time with yourself or loved ones.

Photo by Kleo Constanta

In the cold crisp nights of winter, surrounded by the Carpathian mountains you"ll find yourself in a lesser known city - Sibiu. With its small - city vibe immersed in centuries old Germanic architecture the city maintains a true - community oriented - spirit of Christmas. Not drowned in consumer culture, Sibiu hosts an annual Christmas market that is centred on tradition. 

Local ateliers from around the country sell their handmade goodies across 110 wooden shops. From hand knit clothes & scarves to cheeses and wines, the market has something to satisfy everyone's tastes.

In the heart of the Piata Mare, you can also enjoy ice skating under the twinkling lights while the watchful eyes on each of Sibiu’s charming houses observe you slide across the ice. These moments inspire a sense of freedom and connection with yourself which bring great doses of happiness. Whether alone or with friends, you can visit the beautifully decorated cafes in the city and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace or mulled wine. Some of our favourite Christmas themed cafes include Atrium cafe, and Cafe Wein. 

Photo by Kleo Constanta

If your getaway is with the family, then there are plenty of arts and craft activities for them to enjoy at Santa’s workshop as well as a rides on the merry go around and visits to Santa. Throughout the Christmas market you will be immersed and inspired by the traditional Romanian Christmas carols that are unlike any others with their beautiful chants and choruses. This is where you can experience the harmonious melody of the Romanian language which is all too often forgotten as the fifth Latin language. 

Sibiu's Christmas market is the perfect blend between tradition, culture and modern day Christmas cheer. Book your flight to Sibiu here and don't miss the chance to enjoy the magic of the Christmas season.