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Christmas Eve in Romania

Many Romanians spend Christmas Eve (Ajunul Crăciunului) celebrating a variety of festive activities that continue through to Christmas Day, a Christian holiday that marks Jesus’ birth. 

A Christmas market is all lit up in the old town square of Sibiu, Romania
A Christmas market is all lit up in the old town square of Sibiu, Romania

What do people do?

The Christmas season is a particularly cheerful time for many Romanians. Fun Christmas activities include:

  • Decorating Christmas trees and homes with Christmas decorations.
  • Watching or participating in drumming bands (dubasi).
  • Singing Christmas carols while walking from home to home.
  • Exchanging presents with friends and family.

Many people visit Christmas markets, including the Sibiu Christmas market and the Bucharest Christmas market. These markets are beautifully decorated with Christmas lights and are often held outdoors. They feature a variety of stalls selling candy, toys, crafts, and food.

Public life

Christmas Eve is an observance and not a public holiday in Romania. It is a busy time of the year as many people go on vacation or travel home to visit family, so roads and airports may be busy. People intending to travel via public transport during public holidays must check with the public transit authorities on any changes to time schedules.


Christmas Eve is the day before Christmas Day, which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the son of God. His birth date is unknown because there is little information about his early life. Christmas Eve is celebrated in many other countries.


Many shops and homes have visual displays of Santa Claus, known as Moş Crăciun (Old Man Christmas), Moş Nicolae (Old Man Nicholas) and Moş Gerilă (Old Man Frost).

About Christmas Eve in other countries

Read more about Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
MonDec 241990Christmas EveObservance
TueDec 241991Christmas EveObservance
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Quick Facts

Christmas Eve, or the day before Christmas Day, falls on December 24 every year in Romania.

Christmas Eve 2015

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve 2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016


Name in other languages

Ajunul CrăciunuluiRomanian
Christmas EveEnglish
List of dates for other years

Related holidays

Other holidays in December 2015 in Romania

Fun Holiday on December 24, 2015

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