Istria Foodie Events in December

on December 1, 2019

Top Foodie Things to Do in Istria in December

December marks the end of the year, with festivities celebrating Christmas and New Year. The Christmas season is a wonderful time of family and joy, with beautiful Christmas decorations, lighted Christmas trees, and a lot of fireworks, sweets, and wine. Food and drinks are abundant at the Advent festivities, with delicious tastings of Holiday sweets and hot wine. Let’s celebrate the great year that passed and drink great Istrian wine to an even better year ahead. Cheers!

NW Istria (Umag, Novigrad, Brtonigla, and Buje)

Adriatic Squid Days (December 1 to January 6): Special restaurant menus with squid dishes.

Christmas Fair in Brtonigla (December 7 to 8): Shop for unique decorations and homemade wine, brandy, desserts, and other delicious specialties.

Novigrad Christmas Joys (December 13 to 15): Traditional Christmas fair.

UMAGic Holidays in Umag (December 19 to 31): Festive ambiance overtakes Umag’s streets with various delightful events and concerts. Taste the fritule and warm up with a glass of the warm and flavorful mulled wine, and shop for local hand-made Christmas gifts.

HoHoHo! Run in Umag (December 26): Charity race in Umag.

New Year’s Eve in NW Istria (December 31): New year celebrations.

Central Istria (Pazin, Buzet, Groznjan, and Motovun)

Christmas Program in Groznjan (December): Rich cultural program, arrival of Santa Claus, Christmas plays, and art exhibition.

International Sparkling Wine Festival in Visnjan (December 6 to 7): Sparkling wines and festivities.

New Year’s Eve in Central Istria (December 31): New year celebrations.


Advent Porec in Porec (December 6 to January 6): Joyful Advent ambiance. Ice skating, concerts, performances, and Advent tastings and drinks in Matija Gubec Park.

New Year’s Eve in Porec (December 31): New year celebration.

Vrsar and Funtana

New Year Eve in Vrsar and Funtana (December 31): New year celebrations.


New Olive Oil Festival (December): Festival of olive oil from Kanfanar region.

Holidays in the House of Batana (December 21 to January 6): Gastronomy and music program.

Christmas Magic in Rovinj (December): Christmas and New Year festivities.

Rovinj’s Winter Delicacies (December): Visit Rovinj’s restaurants for their special gourmet offer of dry cured meat products, prosciutto, cheese, burgers, pasta, grilled meat, kotlovina, and various desserts like crepes, waffles, and fritule.

New Year’s Eve in Rovinj (December 31): New year celebration.


New Year’s Eve in Pula (December 31): New year celebration in Forum Square.

Labin and Rabac

New Year’s Eve in Labin and Rabac (December 31): New year celebrations.

Foodie Events in Istria

For additional events in Istria, visit our Istria Events page and Istria Tourist Board website.

Foodie Events in Croatia

Peljesac Cellars Open Days in Peljesac (December): More than 30 wineries from all of Peljesac in southern Croatia will participate. This is your chance to enjoy top-quality Plavac, Marastina and Posip from the most famous Peljesac wineries.

For additional events in Croatia, visit the Croatian National Tourist Board  website.


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