Zagreb was voted Best European Christmas Market by travellers for the last two years in a row. This year it is expected to be bigger and better.
A magical atmosphere around the city will start with the Christmas lights being turned which will signal the start of Advent in Zagreb.
Advent in Zagreb will start this year on 2 December 2017 and go through until 7 January 2018.
This year Advent events will be held at a number of interesting locations around the city. Here are some of the things not to miss.
Advent on the Main Square
The first thing to visit is Trg bana Josipa Jelačića, the main square, where the large Advent wreath encircles the Manduševac Fountain and a small ‘forest’ all covered in snow brings the real winter magic. Here you can taste the best mulled wine and sausages, and it is also the biggest open space in Zagreb to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
Advent on Zrinjevac
Then we go to Zrinjevac where numerous small wooden cabins found their home for the season. This is also a bit more intimate option to drink your mulled wine, taste some authentic Zagreb specialties and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere of the surrounding park. Just like a gathering around a Christmas tree.
King Tomislav square (Tomislavac) will once again show the winter charm with its ice park! There will also be numerous cultural events and after the ice skating, you can strengthen yourself with delicious Christmas snacks and desserts.
Fuliranje – Fooling Around
Fuliranje (fooling around) in Tomićeva and Kurelčeva street, just near the beautiful Zagreb Funicular, brings the tastes and the atmosphere from all over the world. But at the same time, it gives the most of the real ‘Zagreb feeling’.
Advent on European Square
The European Square is the best place to enjoy concerts and exhibitions, said to have the ‘urban flair’! It sure offers beautiful souvenirs and great mulled wine for those wanting to warm up.
Live Nativity Scene
Staged on Kaptol, next to the gorgeous Cathedral, you will be able to see a live Nativity scene.
In Bogovićeva street you can find not only wooden cabins where fritule and sweet almonds, and mulled wine, are being made, but also those that hide beautiful handmade souvenirs, scarfs and gloves.
Concerts from Zagreb Christmas Balconies
The six-piece Ad Gloriam brass ensemble is giving concerts on some of the most beautiful Zagreb balconies, thus bringing the festive Christmas joy to the city’s colorful streets. With the sounds of our beloved melodies, every single moment during the holiday season becomes a story that takes us back to the carefree days of our childhood – a story both heart-warming and magical.
Advent on Stross
Advent on Stross will provide daily entertainment for all generations.
Advent in the Tunnel
Christmas Carols in Grič tunnel told in a very different way. 3D installations on the ceiling, selected music in a glorious acoustic space and video projections which all together create an extraordinary atmosphere.
Advent at Klovićevi Dvori
In addition to free concerts, choir performances and a plethora of unique culinary treats, the Advent in the Klovićevi Dvori Gallery offers great fun for the entire family. In the atrium of the Klovićevi Dvori Gallery the little ones and all other fans of this winter sport will love an ice rink without ice, yet unseen in Zagreb. Made of a special completely eco-friendly material, this ice rink will guarantee a great fun throughout the Advent regardless of the weather.
The little ones will love the Fun Lab with its many shows and workshops for children where they can learn about culture and art in a fun way and through play. Another advent attraction will thrill those who love a beautiful photography and all those that want a lasting memory of their special winter moment on the top of the city.
Novi Zagreb will also take (a real) part also, with its Advent at the Museum of Contemporary Art and The Santa Claus Ice Fairytale. Fashion District Advent, Fashion Advent and for the youngest visitors – At Rudolph’s.
Check out more details on the Advent in Zagreb website.