The aroma of mulled wine and gingerbread, the jingle of Christmas bells... Advent in Zagreb is sure to knock you off your feet again this year! From 30 November 2019 to 7 January 2020, Zagreb is turning into a magical place. Entertainment events, delicious food, a great selection of drinks, outdoor concerts, ice skating and the true Christmas spirit are awaiting you in the streets of our capital.
We are bringing you a Guide to Advent in Zagreb and all of its must-visit locations.
The largest and most beautiful ice skating rink in this part of Europe in King Tomislav Square has become a traditional set-up. While Christmas carols play in the background, upgrade your outdoor skating experience by trying all kinds of tasty treats while sipping on the inevitable cup of mulled wine. Put on your ice skates and sink into the magical winter idyll on ice.
Advent in Zrinjevac
Just a few steps away from the Ice Park, in one of Zagreb's prettiest parks, you can find a large number of outdoor concerts, stalls selling traditional Zagreb souvenirs, unique Christmas decorations and, of course, excellent food in a romantic atmosphere. Enjoy the special glow of thousands of fairy lights on majestic trees, accompanied by the sound of Christmas classics playing in the old music pavilion.
Turn your imagination into reality and enjoy the amazing atmosphere, excellent music, concerts and the taste of original cuisine. We’re looking forward to 16 live performances and more than 35 DJs this year. Take a picture at one of the many photo points to remember these special moments. If you're celebrating New Year's Eve in Zagreb, the fun at the Fooling Around event is guaranteed!
Christmas Fairy Tale
The Zagreb Christmas market keeps growing every year to include more new content, but the hub of activity has always been Ban Jelačić Square. A large number of performers will grace the stage again this year, and when you feel like you need a break, try homemade strudel, sausages, cabbage rolls (or sarma) and Croatian chocolate fritters in the fairy tale atmosphere.
Advent in European Square
In the pedestrian area near Zagreb's main square, look for a rich offer from various European cities, Christmas concerts and exhibitions. Expect to have a good time in the company of a young creative crowd, good movies and mulled wine.
Movie Advent in Tuškanac
Tuškanac is turning into a favorite destination for all movie buffs. The Movie Advent links the nearby forest with the Tuškanac Movie Theater, which will be showing Christmas movies for the young and the not so young. Experience your fairy tale on an old movie set and various other cultural events.
Advent in Stross
Zagreb's Upper Town will host several innovative restaurants, giving you an opportunity to enjoy the taste of traditional Croatian cuisine. Besides mouthwatering food, here you can feast your eyes on one-of-a-kind Christmas decorations and souvenirs.
Don't forget to shine your boots before visiting the Advent market, because all kinds of fun surprises and music programs are awaiting you. Fun is guaranteed! Enjoy the Christmas magic and find out for yourself what makes Zagreb the best Advent destination in Europe.