1 December – The National Day of Romania: Various activities dedicated to the national day
6 December – St. Nicholas: It is said that on major holy days, St. Nicholas can be seen alongside God; built in 1643, the Budești wooden church has its celebration on this day. Also dedicated to St. Nicholas are the Bogdan-Vodă, Glod, Fereşti, Corneşti and Viseu de Sus churches.
20 December – Christmas in Maramureş, Village Museum, Baia Mare: Carols, local produce and traditional cooked dishes. Info: MaramureşInfoTurism tourist office, Tel: 0262.206.113, www.craciuninmaramures.ro.
24-26 December – Christmas customs: Christmas still comes in Maramureș with a whole host of old customs. On Christmas Eve for example, carols are welcomed in the villagers’ adorned houses to announce the Birth of Christ.
24 December – Viflaimurilor Night, Vișeu de Sus: At midnight, hundreds of characters from the ancient theatre play gather in the town centre for the Viflaimurilor parade. Info: Cultural-Social Centre of Vișeu de Sus, Tel: 0362.401.130.
25-27 December – Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations, Cavnic: Parades and shows of local traditions. Youngsters in fancy clothes march the streets with bells and other instruments to chase away evil spirits.
24-27 December – Folk play „Viflaimul”, Botiza
25 December – Folk play „Viflaimul”, Vişeu de Sus
25 December – Folk play „Viflaimul”, Ieud
26 – 28 December – Dashing through the snow on Mocănița, Vişeu de Sus: You can see Vaserului Valley covered in snow from the heated wagons of the Mocănița old steam train. Coffee, cookies and mulled wine. Info: CFF Vişeu de Sus, Tel: +4 0262.353.381, www.cffviseu.com.
27-28 December – Winter customs festival „Marmaţia 2014”, Sighetu-Marmaţiei: Every year, the city of Sighet recreates the celebratory atmosphere with carol singers, viflaims, people in fancy dress and masks, symbolic animals and all the traditional paraphernalia. Info: Primăria Sighetu Marmaţiei, Tel: 0262.311.001.
31 December – New Year’s Eve: On this special night, the villages resound with singing and blessings, as the Maramureș houses (gospodării) turn into centres of folk magic.