Kvarner newsletter / no 23

Holidays on Kvarner
Joyful, funny, tasty…

Kvarner's festive calendar is packed with a variety of events tailored to meet the expectations of visitors regardless of age or preference. So whichever destination in the Kvarner region you decide to visit, rest assured you will find a joyful welcome here, a wonderful festive spirit, plenty of fun and superb gastronomy…

The whole month of December is characterised by a very special festive mood throughout the Kvarner region. Many visitors who traditionally visit some of Kvarner's resorts in this time of the year will surely enjoy the area's cheerful, friendly atmosphere.

Let us mention some of the highlights from the region's packed calendar of events in December. On the 19th of December, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Trsat will host the Christmas concert by the choir of the Ivan pl. Zajc Theatre in Rijeka, conducted by Igor Vlajnić. On this concert, students of the Musical Academy Rijeka and members of the Opera Ensemble will perform traditional Christmas carols. Rijeka's central town promenade, the Korzo, will be the venue of a gastronomic festival on the 24th of December. According to the tradition, the offer will include fried fish and a local speciality - fritule (a kind of fritters). The series of Christmas concerts continues: on the 26th of December, Lira women's choir will perform international Christmas songs in the Church of Our lady of Lourdes, and various artists from the Kvarner region will give a Christmas concert in the St. Vitus Cathedral. Three attractive concerts are scheduled for the end of the month in Rijeka's Ivan pl. Zajc Theatre, characterised by the sounds of the Viennese operetta.

The traditional New Year's party in Rijeka will take place on the town's main promenade, the Korzo, and will include performances by several renowned artists – Bajaga, TBF and One Piece Puzzle. There will also be a party with house music by Mark Ash, Boo Dale, Amor and Fryer.

From the 11th of December until the 8th of January, the renowned holiday resort of Opatija hosts a festival of local foods, customs and music entitled Dezemberfest, organised by the Milenij Hotels Group. The historical Villa Angiolina hosts the Festive Table exhibition from the 10th of December. On Christmas Eve, terrace of the Hotel Imperial will host a Live Nativity Scene. In addition to numerous musical and other events, Opatija's hotels are preparing special programmes and exclusive New Year's parties.

Interesting programmes, Christmas concerts and festivals of local customs can also be found in many holiday resorts on the islands of Krk, Rab, Lošinj and Cres, along the coast and in the Gorski kotar area.

To make the festive mood even more appealing, many hotels have prepared special programmes and attractive gastronomic surprises for the guest who traditionally choose Kvarner as their favourite holiday destination.