A new edition of the Christmas Tale Festival and Fair will start on November 29 in Bucharest
Emil Pantelimon, the executive director of the Festival and Fair, told
us that access to the fair is free, but, for certain objectives, one needs a
ticket that can be bought at the ticket office and information points located
on the premises.
"The Christmas Tale Festival and Fair has
reached its 4th edition. In the first stage, the festival had at its
disposal an area of 100 square meters where we organized events for children
during winter. Today, the Christmas Tale Festival and Fair has an area of 8
thousand square meters. At the fair, visitors will find elves' workshops where
children can make decorations with which to adorn the fir trees they have at
home, a big Santa Chair, collections of dioramas with thousands of small
houses, a sledge stop from where kids are going to fly in Santa's sledge, and
many others. Among the outside attractions I can mention the only genuine sledge-run
in Bucharest, which measures 18 meters, a Christmas Tree around which carolers
will gather together with Santas who will be playing their brass instruments.
They will be playing carols every one hour, every day, just as it happens in
London's Trafalgar Square. We'll also have a merry-go-round with toys, where
children can play for the duration of the festival. We'll have a skating rink
for children, which is a replica of the one in the Rockefeller Center, with
lighted ice angels and a huge LED screen showing winter images for skaters.
They will be transported by means of images to Europe or to America or even to
Asia, in the mountains or to some big cities."
Emil Pantelimon will reveal some of the surprises of the festival:
"The big surprise of the festival is
actually our mascot which can be found on all our promotional images, I'm
talking about Santa's real reindeers. Two of them will be present at the Christmas
Tale Festival and children will be able to see them and have pictures with
them, they will be able to even test Santa's sleigh drawn by these reindeers.
We will also have the biggest exhibition of decorated fir trees within the Shop
of Decorated Fir Trees, a shop created by the Comic Opera for Children where
visitors will see 11 in-vogue ways to decorate the fir tree."
recommend all sorts of decorations, made of glass or wood, doll decorations or
decorations consisting in Romanian traditional objects. Next Emil Pantelimon
will tell us more about the team working for the festival:
"We have a wonderful team that creates,
designs and dreams of everything that is related to childhood. It's very
important that we have support from all points of view, and that the ideas and
dreams that we have can be put into practice. We are doing nothing but playing,
we consider the workplace a place where we feel good and where our dreams
become reality. The Christmas Tale Festival is the way in which we are trying
to recreate the true Christmas spirit for the children in Bucharest."
Pantelimon says that one of their main aims is to bring joy and happiness in
the souls of the visitors:
"It's wonderful to watch children
entering, together with their parents, through the gates of the Fair: they
simply start running in all directions amazed with what they see and parents
start following them! Actually, parents should not worry at all about losing
sight of their children, because our team is very careful and is paying
attention to what's happening around. Children are very safe within the
premises of the fair. It's like a home receiving around 125 thousand guests.
This is the actual atmosphere at the fair! Everybody is smiling, there is a
positive and warm atmosphere, but smiling is the key to success!"
Pantelimon also described the setting of this year's Christmas Tale Fair, for
which a team of 20 people have been working since March:
"The setting at the Christmas Tale Fair
will of course be spectacular! We have 3 different fir trees. A fir tree surrounded
by small trains, in the room of dioramas, one shaped like a house in which
children can enter, and another one placed on the premises of the fair, similar
to that in Rockefeller Center, of a smaller size of course."
atmosphere of the Fair invites one to enjoy Christmas every day, starting on
November 29 until mid January 2019.