Advent in Zagreb
From 1st December 2018 to 6th January 2019
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. Now, this Croatian secret is out because, in the last three years, against very strong competition, Zagreb was voted the best Christmas market in Europe by European Best Destinations’ online poll. 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, colourful 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.
Fooling around - an innovative and modern cultural and gastronomic event during the Advent season, with a recognizable design and a relaxed atmosphere.
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 – Advent Path. With the help of your smart phones you can now embark on a tour of the most interesting Advent events in Zagreb. As you follow this route, make the most of your visit to Zagreb and if you check-in on most of the locations using #BeThereZagreb - special rewards await you!
Christmas story in Čazma - here, the Salaj family continues the amazing tradition of decorating one special house and every centimetre around it is in twinkling Christmas lights. Amazing coloured lanterns and lights in all shapes and sizes transform the whole area. Hedges suddenly sparkle deep blue while a bridge may be lit up in glistening red. Even ponds have a special glow. Last Christmas the regional electricity provider generously donated the power for 1.5 million bulbs enabling Čazma to have its brightest Advent to date. Here too there are stalls selling Christmas treats and specialities.
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 with horses.
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. 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 28th until the
beginning of 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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