Winter fantasy in the European Capital of Culture 2022

Winter has arrived, and with it many winter joys, holidays, gift giving occasions, joys and socializing. Numerous events that await us during the holiday period, as well as at the very beginning of the year that follows, will contribute to the Novi Sad Winter Fantasy. To add to that, by entering the New Year, the City of Novi Sad will officially become the European Capital of Culture.

During December and January, and especially between the two Christmases, between the Julian and Gregorian New Year, Novi Sad’s squares and streets turn into mini concert podiums, places of universal messages, love, happiness, gifts giving, and places of open heart for all people. The favourite winter festival that completes the celebratory atmosphere with its various programmes – “Novi Sad Zimzoland” – turns Trg slobode into a real winter fairy-tale until the end of December, offering you a fiacre ride, holiday music, legendary Vojvodina delicacies and many interesting products that you can give as a gift to your loved ones, and on the plateau in front of Shopping mall “Promenade”, the winter festival „Christmas Magic” will be held.

To make your Winter fantasy complete, there is also the magical “Ice Forest”! During December and January, the paths of the Danube Park turn into ice rinks, while the trees decorated with light bulbs turn the entire park into a real winter fairy-tale that evokes joy and smiles. Just before the New Year’s Eve, Novi Sad traditionally hosts Christmas and New Year’s concerts, while the Night Bazaar, just before the end of December, provides evening entertainment and an overture for the New Year’s party. For all lovers of trail running, hiking and Nordic walking, the end of this year will be marked by the second winter race -“Winter Trail Race on Fruška Gora.

The Novi Sad winter fantasy cannot be fully experienced, if you do not dedicate at least one day to visiting the famous “čardas“, “salaš“ farmsteads or wineries at Fruška Gora. The warm and cosy atmosphere at these magical places around Novi Sad will enrich your stay. Friends, wine, crackling fire from the fireplace and tamburica players with great gastronomic delicacies, will make your stay unforgettable!

For the youngest members of your family, the ideal places for hiking and sledding during the winter months are on the slopes of Fruška Gora, so take a look at our suggestions for an extended weekend during December and January. For information about accommodation in Novi Sad, visit the website of the Tourism Organisation of the City of Novi Sad.

And when winter reaches its zenith, and when midnight announces its arrival in 2022, Novi Sad will enter the year during which it will hold the prestigious title European Capital of Culture!

The residents of Novi Sad and their guests will embark the year of the Novi Sad’s title with the programme arch titled “Doček” (New Year’s Eve celebration) programme, which celebrates interculturality. As a unique celebration in Europe, “Doček” merges two New Years, two days, two calendars, two alphabets and two arts.

The play “Tesla the Inventor” will be performed in the centre of Novi Sad on December 31st, the day when we say farewell to the year 2021, by the Serbian National Theatre. The celebration of the 2022 New Year’s Eve will also be marked with the festival of light “Tesla – the Light Gallery”, as well as numerous concerts that will be held in the Suburbium of Petrovaradin Fortress.

The most ceremonial day within the “Doček” event will be January 13th, when the official opening is scheduled to be marked with a multimedia play “Zeniteum :: 2022”. This multimedia play will celebrate through art the great names of Serbian science – Mileva Marić Einstein and Milutin Milanković. The ceremonial opening will also be marked with the great and unique exhibition titled “Time and the Universe” in the hall of Studio M, as well as exhibitions, concerts and performances at several tens of venues in the city that will start on January 12th already and they are also planned for January 13th, 14th, and 15th.

Just after the “Doček” the programme arch “Seobe” (“Migrations”) will start on February 1st, on the Day of the City of Novi Sad and it will be marked with the opera of the Serbian National Theatre “Vladimir and Kosara” as well as with two great exhibitions that talk for the first time in a unique way about the history of Novi Sad – one performed by the City Museum of Novi Sad and the other in the Museum of Vojvodina. This programme arch will also include a unique pavilion of literature titled “Souls Migrations” that will start on March 3rd at the Novi Sad Fair with exhibitions, stage book reading, performances, concerts, as well as circus artistic performance.

Throughout the entire 2022, Novi Sad will present itself as the European Capital of Culture through more than 1,500 cultural events, with the participation of about 4,000 local, national and international artists, and you can find a detailed programme on the official website “Novi Sad – European Capital of Culture”.

You can find all important tourist information at the website www.novisad.travel or on the Facebook and Instagram profile, but before sightseeing the city we expect You in our Info Centres where you can get free copies of our  brochures and maps.

See you in Novi Sad!

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