After nine days of voting and a total of 110,000 likes on the Facebook page of portal gradonačelnik.hr, Advent in Osijek is the winner of the title of the most beautiful Advent in Croatia.
Osijek collected 27,225 likes in the voting, earning the city the title of most beautiful Advent in Croatia from 44 cities and towns.
The 36 cities and 8 municipalities which took part in the competition for the most beautiful Advent in Croatia were Bakar, Belišće, Crikvenica, Čazma, Delnice, Donji Miholjac, Dubrovnik, Đakovo, Hvar, Karlovac, Kutina, Labin, Lepoglava, Metković, Nova Gradiška, Novska, Opatija, Opuzen , Osijek, Pleternica, Poreč, Pula, Rijeka, Rovinj, Samobor, Slavonski Brod, Sveta Nedjelja, Šibenik, Valpovo, Varaždin, Velika Gorica, Vinkovci, Virovitica, Vukovar, Zadar and Zlatar, and the municipalities of Čepin, Ernestinovo, Farkaševci, Jasenice, Mace, Medulin, Tar-Vabriga and Vir.
Photos of Advent in Osijek have been shared over 3,000 times, and support has been expressed in more than 6,000 comments, which, according to the portal gradonacelnik.hr, reached almost 278,000 people. This success of Osijek Advent is thanks to the votes of satisfied visitors, Grad Osijek said.
“First of all, I would like to thank and congratulate all the people of Osijek, all our visitors and the media who came with us. Osijek Advent also received confirmation that it is the most beautiful and best in Croatia. In a large poll in which over 100,000 people participated, the city of Osijek won and once again showed its winning mentality. I remind you that we recently won the Eco City award. In Advent itself, and especially in voting, we showed what communion and unity means. We have shown that Osijek supports Osijek,” Osijek Mayor Radić said.
The mayor added that Osijek had 7 percent more tourist nights in December 2021 than the record year of 2019.
The greatest victory of ‘Osijek Adventing’ are the people, ie their togetherness and unity. That is why we have decided to increase the prize fund in the competition of our tourist board. We will double the number of tickets for the panoramic wheel ride, from 200 to 400 – added Mayor Radić.
Osijek developed its unique concept in which Advent was not just at one place, but the experience of the city through a walk in 14 different locations. Advent magic in Osijek began on December 2, Osijek City Day, with a fairytale spectacle of the Kaleidoscope, the Festival of Lights, holiday lighting with 10 kilometers of lamps throughout the city, and a rich music program and catering offer in Advent houses.
“A special surprise and the biggest attraction was the Sky view, a 35-meter high and the largest panoramic wheel in Croatia, from which the most beautiful photos of the city were sent to the world. With this year’s scene, Osijek showed how even in epidemiologically uncertain conditions it can organize the biggest and brightest, and yet safe and modular Advent in which Osijek residents and their guests could safely and healthily enjoy a real holiday atmosphere throughout the city,” Grad Osijek concluded.