There was a decidedly festive feeling in Dalyan on Sunday when the Winter Fair heralded the arrival of Christmas …almost!

Dalyan Winter Fair - a celebration of Winter, Christmas, New Year and all things fun
Photo by Steve Parsley

The organisers had made the decision to change the day from Saturday 23rd to Sunday due to bad weather, but it didn’t make any difference to the numbers and throngs of visitors browsed and shopped the many stalls selling handmade gifts, arts and crafts by local artists, Christmas decorations, jewelry, glassware, Christmas culinary delights and more.

Enjoying a wander round the stalls
Dalyan Winter Fair - a celebration of Winter, Christmas, New Year and all things fun
Kaptan June enjoying the sunshine and the fair

Stalls provided hot soup and mulled wine when visitors were ready for a break, both were enjoyed for being delicious and seasonal rather than to “warm the cockles” as the sun shone beautifully all day.

Dalyan Winter Fair - a celebration of Winter, Christmas, New Year and all things fun
Delicious hot home made soup

As well as the stalls, and much to the delight of the children, there was a visit from Father Christmas who spent the afternoon in his grotto and gave a Christmas package to the children who queued up to see him and whisper their Christmas wishes.

Dalyan Winter Fair - a celebration of Winter, Christmas, New Year and all things fun

Dalyan Winter Fair was started by a group of English residents around nine years ago.. It started as a small craft fair with around 20 stalls. It has now grown to an annual event – organized by a mixture of English and Turkish residents from Dalyan – with over 150 stalls, fun games, a visit from Santa and participation from all the nationalities who have made their home in the area. It is a celebration of Winter, Christmas, New Year and all things fun.

The main aim is for people to get together and enjoy a great fun-filled day however, all money raised is used to help local schools and children who are not as fortunate as ourselves.

In Photos: Dalyan Winter Fair

If you missed the Dalyan Winter Fair, here’s a reminder of what’s coming up.

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