Advent in Zagreb - Opening and closing dates
From 30th November 2019 to 7th January 2020
The sound of Christmas bells, the scent of gingerbread, mulled wine and various other delicacies... Just forget everything and enjoy all these wonderful things! During the Advent season, Zagreb offers a variety of events that will satisfy even the most demanding visitors. Plenty of fun, excellent food, unique events, art, but also a genuine Christmas atmosphere, await you on the streets of Croatia's capital. Don't wait for Santa sitting by your fireplace, find him in the city! Make sure you polish your boots before you go because we have in store for you a number of pleasant surprises, including the musical program which will make you want to dance all night long!
Once upon a time, one of Croatia’s best kept secrets was that her capital city Zagreb had one of the best Advent scenes in Europe. This Croatian secret is out at this moment because, against very strong competition, Zagreb was voted the best Christmas market in Europe by European Best Destinations’ online poll three times in the row. Real votes from real people.
During Advent the whole of Zagreb is a great stage for a big family of good people from all over the world. So just grab your red boots and give yourself over to enjoyment. Santa is waiting for you in the city where Advent is best. Think twinkling candlelight, colorful displays, festive food and drink, concerts, choirs and much more.
Not to be missed are:
Ban Josip Jelačić Square – a huge Christmas tree, the fountain is transformed into a light display and there is a cosy, heated, covered conservatory serving food and drinks. On weekdays and at weekends there is live music.
European Square – pedestrian zone in the very heart of the city offers a vivacious Advent event: souvenir and Christmas decorations market, a selection of food and beverages and music events in the evening
Zrinjevac Park – one of the loveliest spots in Zagreb. Lanterns light up the avenues of trees and the old music pavilion looks like a little glittering palace. Artists’ stalls and a great selection of traditional Christmas gifts, Christmas food and drink specialities from decorated tiny wooden huts. This is the spot to experience Zagreb winter specialities including baked štrukle, a warm baked pastry dish with soft cheese. There is mulled wine, hot chocolate and special Christmas cookies. Live music here is every evening and also in the morning at weekends.
Ice Park on King Tomislav Square – A Christmas fairy tale awaits you in one of Zagreb’s most beautiful parks – ice skating rink, selected food and beverages, as well as music events. This is the place to watch people skating and having fun. Visitors are encouraged to join in!
Special Tours – there are plenty of ways to discover Advent in Zagreb with some innovative tours. For those who like to discover everything on your own – there’s the Zagreb Be There. Every year there is a route in the app specially designed for Advent. As you follow this route, make the most of your visit to Zagreb and check-in on most of the locations and win rewards. One of those rewards is a special Zagreb Be There mug which you can use for a perfect mulled wine from many stands that await you.
New Year in Zagreb means everyone steps onto the main square and city streets for live music concerts and celebrations with a wonderful atmosphere continuing into the early hours. Not to be missed is the New Year’s Day Changing of the Guard known for their neck scarfs from which necktie derives. Do you get it now, Croat – Cravat?
Shopping – if you visit Zagreb before Christmas, this is a good place to pick up presents to take home. Shops in the capital feature most international brand names, usually representing savings on UK prices. Many hotels offer special Advent deals representing savings on normal hotel rates.
As so many European capitals are overcrowded and overpriced in the run-up to Christmas, Advent in Zagreb offers room to move and value for money. And even If it gets a bit overcrowded for your taste be sure to visit museums which organize exhibitions dedicated to Croatian Christmas traditions or see a concert in one of many Zagreb churches. Croatia’s capital sparkles at Advent time and it is your time to come and join the thousands of visitors who experience award winning Zagreb!
Detailed information about Advent in Zagreb can be found online at www.adventzagreb.com.
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Advent on the main square and on Zrinjevac square
The centre stages, featuring a diverse musical programme, will be in Zagreb’s main square of Ban Josip Jelačić and the nearby Zrinjevac Park. From November 30th until the 7th January, Zagreb’s most beautiful park will also feature dance events, while traditional delicacies as well as original gifts and local souvenirs typical of Zagreb will be on sale at numerous stands aligning the park promenade.
Visit the traditional Christmas fair
The traditional Christmas Fair will take place during Advent in the streets surrounding the Jelačić Square, and the young ones can take a ride in the Jolly Christmas Tram with
Santa Clause, fairies, elves and many other cheerful characters. All the visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the somewhat-forgotten specialties of Zagreb, warm up with a cup of hot
chocolate or mulled wine, or buy unique souvenirs and Christmas decorations for their loved ones.
Ice Park on King Tomislav Square
A Christmas fairy tale awaits you in one of Zagreb’s most beautiful parks – ice skating rink, selected food and beverages, as well as music events. This is the place to watch people skating and having fun. Visitors are encouraged to join in!
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