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Christmas and New Year celebration in Istanbul

Christmas and New Year celebration in Istanbul

Christmas and New Year celebration in Istanbul

Celebrating the New Year in Istanbul and Christmas in Turkey, and spending the holiday season with an Istanbul Turkey Tour is a memorable experience. Join us for the Istanbul New Year and Christmas in Istanbul travel guide

Christmas events in Istanbul

As a major global city, Istanbul is not exempt from international and global events. It’s no surprise to find numerous Christmas-themed activities in this cosmopolitan city, ranging from special concert series to markets. Here, I’ve compiled some highlights that may capture the attention of you, Istanbul tour travelers, especially during the Christmas and New Year season.

Christmas decorations

Turkish Christmas decorations exude elegance, accompanied by numerous festive activities for kids in Turkey. Starting from mid-December, Turkish streets don a festive look reminiscent of Western countries. The streets are adorned with Christmas trees, twinkling lights, and even Santa Claus figures. It’s noteworthy that Turks don’t specifically celebrate the birth of Christ; rather, they prepare for the upcoming New Year celebrations in Turkey. To attract customers and provide an authentic Christmas experience for Turkey tour visitors and tourists, the decorations and festivities are crafted to replicate a genuine Christmas celebration.

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Christmas shopping in Istanbul

Kadıköy and Nisantasi are central neighborhoods where you’ll discover numerous shops adorned with Christmas themes, along with ongoing festive campaigns. I’d like to highlight markets that might not be as widely known due to language barriers. Particularly exciting news for nature enthusiasts! On December 25-26, there’s a Christmas market at the ‘Ucuncu Mekan’ venue nestled in the Kemerburgaz city forest. It offers a retreat to nature whenever you seek relaxation, featuring workshops for children, musical events, and concerts.

For those fond of shopping malls, Istinye Park is an excellent choice. While we are aware that the European side is typically busier and offers more in general, if you prefer spending more time in the Asian section, don’t miss the TOG New Year Market at Akasya Mall from December 10 to 26. TOG, short for the Community Volunteers Foundation, is a well-known non-governmental organization. Every purchase you make there contributes to supporting this organization.

New Year in Istanbul

The arrival of New Year’s Eve brings a wave of excitement, reminding us of the significance of living in the moment. In this collection, we’ve gathered not only the renowned New Year’s Eve celebrations but also some Christmas events happening in Istanbul!

New Year celebration in Istanbul

The arrival of the New Year in Turkey is a customary celebration, with Turkish people actively participating in the festivities. Despite some perceiving it as similar to Christmas, the locals embrace it with unique traditions. Here, I’ve compiled a variety of activities catering to different tastes and interests. I hope you can find something intriguing to try and participate in!

New Year’s Eve Bosphorus boat tour

One of the unique features of Istanbul is the experience of riding a boat between the continents of Asia and Europe. It’s a tongue-in-cheek adventure that never gets boring. Traveling over the waters of the Bosphorus provides an opportunity to contemplate your New Year’s resolutions and ponder the meaning of life! There are numerous options for boat tours during New Year’s Eve celebrations, most of which include fresh appetizers, delicious snacks, and traditional desserts. Beyond the culinary delights, these extended cruises also feature music and dance performances. The key detail is to book in advance for the New Year celebration to secure your spot.

Istanbul restaurants on New Year’s Eve

Traditions hold significance, but the thrill of exploring new directions can be equally exciting. If you’re inclined towards diverse entertainment and unique food combinations, consider trying restaurants like La Bodeguita Istanbul. Immerse yourself in the Cuban vibe as they host a New Year’s Eve dinner starting at 8 pm on December 31st, featuring Cuban dance performances, live music, and delectable cuisine. Additionally, here are some suggestions for pubs with special New Year’s Eve menus.

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