03/11/2022, 12:23 p.m
On Saturday, November 26, Fantazima will begin with the traditional lighting of the lights in Koper, which will enrich the pulse of the city until the beginning of next year with festive lighting of the city, a varied program for all generations, an ice rink in the Taverna and other events. The special guest of the holiday season will be the popular Italian singer, actress and TV presenter Cristina D’Avena.
> Cristina D’Avena is best known for her cartoon theme songs. With her hits such as Mila e Shiro, Pollon, Lady Oscar and others, she marked the childhood of many residents of border towns in the 1980s and 1990s.
In addition to the central event at the lighting of the lights, which will take place at 5 p.m. on Titov trg, the ice rink will come to life in the Taverna, and the winter edition of the Altroka Istra Gourmet Festival will be held on Muzejski trg, where visitors can refresh themselves with traditional dishes between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. Istrian dishes and drinks.
Concerts, guided walks and shows for children at weekends
Events at weekends will be enriched by concerts and musical performances by various performers, including Delirium, Batista Cadilllac, Klapa Semikantá, Trio Vivere, Danilo Kocjančič Friends and Gedore. On Sundays, visitors will go on an Advent walk with experienced guides, and churches will open their doors during this magical time. On this occasion, the pearls of sacred heritage from Koper will be a feast not only for the eyes, but also for the ears.
Koper will enter the new year together with the groups Ne me jugat and Big Foot Mama, who will perform at Tito Square.
Even the youngest will be able to enjoy the holidays. On Saturdays and Sundays, they will spend the morning in the pleasant atmosphere of the hall of St. Francis of Assisi will see children’s performances, and they will also be visited by Nicholas, Santa Claus and Santa Claus.
In the run-up to Christmas, between December 22 and 24, the hall will be transformed into a real festive house, Santa’s post office, where Santa’s office will be given its place, children will create in creative workshops, and family photos with Santa will also be available .
Nicholas Fair and Warm Heart Refrigerator
On the first days of the festive month, between December 2 and 4, to be more precise, the Saint Nicholas Fair will come to life on Tito Square, where it will be possible to purchase various handicrafts, greeting cards, books, knitwear, culinary gifts and other festive products.
The program will be further enriched by the Radio Capris team, which will also be involved in Fantazima this year and will, together with the Association of Friends of the Youth of Slovenia, carry out the highly successful action Cooler of a warm heart.
During the holidays, it is impossible to miss the delicious and fragrant offer of caterers. The wooden holiday houses will be on Titov trg, in the mandrake and on the platform near the former Maritime Administration building, which will also be the scene of a festively colored themed children’s mini amusement park.
Skating in the Taverna
Last year, the tavern already proved to be an excellent venue for the ice rink, providing entertainment on the ice every day of operation, regardless of weather conditions. At the same time, the covered area contributes to reduced electricity consumption, as the sun and rain do not directly affect the quality of the ice surface. The ice rink will be open every day until January 8 next year. Elementary school students in the Koper municipality will once again skate for free in the morning as part of the school program this year.
A walk through the decorated streets will be enriched by festive music in the city streets.
Glittering Zoo, Gifts, Golden Olive, Comet, Chariot…
The decoration on Tito Square will be similar to last year’s, with a few additions. A zoo will come to life in Hlavaty Park near the market, Carpaccio Square will be decorated with a golden olive tree, the Bastion will be decorated in the form of a gift with a red glowing ribbon, a comet will glow on Museum Square, a carriage will be placed in front of the Praetorian Palace on Tito Square, and a large shining New Year’s tree will be together with the deer on the Kardel platform, all the roundabouts at the entrance to the city center will be decorated with unique elements, Čevljarska and Kidričeva streets will be illuminated by a twinkling starry sky, while Verdijeva street and the lookout point above the Bastion will be illuminated by hanging luminous balls.
In the light of cost-saving measures, systems will be installed on the larger lighting elements, which will switch off the festive decorations at midnight.
Mayor of Koper Aleš Bržan said at the press conference that he is looking forward to the upcoming festive event mainly because after two years the events are returning to the open air and will conjure up the right atmosphere. Mojca Vojskadirector of the Institute for Youth, Culture and Tourism in Koper, who will take care of the coordination of the entire event, emphasized that the program is designed to satisfy a wider audience, from the youngest to all the young at heart.