Today is the final day that the festive Christmas stands will adorn the main street in the Old City of Dubrovnik; it’s the end of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival, at least for this season. In spite of the recent bad weather the stands were well attended and many people tasted the mulled wine and sausages for the final time last night.
The Deputy Mayor of Dubrovnik, Zeljko Raguz, confirmed to us that all of the companies that rented the stands for the duration of this year’s Dubrovnik Winter Festival were very satisfied with the results. In total eighteen stands were placed along the Stradun and this was the first time in history that such festive stands had been placed on the main street.
The initial reactions were mixed as some people thought that placing a Christmas market on the Stradun was in bad taste. “The negative comments were only at the beginning of the festival,” commented Raguz. Adding that many of the people who complained were later seen enjoying a festive treat at one of the wooden houses. The lease of the stands, from the 16th of November until the 10th of January, was set at a symbolic price of 5,000 Kunas. However this price could rise next year as the interest in renting a stand has grown considerably.