For three years in a row, Zagreb was named the best Christmas market in the region. Considering the magical atmosphere and the abundance of holiday events, it's a well-deserved title. From the beginning of December to the beginning of January, Zagreb adds to your merry Christmas mood by offering something great to eat, drink and experience each and every day. Here are just a few examples of events you can enjoy as part of Advent in Croatia's capital.
The ice skating rink in Zagreb is the biggest and most beautiful of its kind in Croatia, as well as in the region. Located at Tomislav square, this Ice Park is lavishly decorated and lighted, which is why it attracts the attention of locals and tourists alike. Equipment can be hired on the spot, while merry music and food and drink stalls add to the joyful atmosphere in the entire Park.
During Advent, old Kaptol turns into the stage for the most important event in the history of Christianity – the birth of Christ. Once the Lotrščak bell tolls, actors enter the Nativity scene to become Mary and Joseph, baby Jesus, the three wise men, and shepherds. The citizens of Bethlehem are also there, keeping warm in their hearts. This all makes for a Christmas mood that can only be achieved with a Nativity scene.
In Zagreb, you can find the biggest railway model in entire Southeastern Europe. To make it even better, during Advent, it dons its holiday apparel to cheer up both little and grown-up visitors. The so-called Advent Express is one of the most beautiful Christmas treats for kids. The model shows both rails and trains, but also a part of the area of the Sljeme Hill, with all its colorful details.
Fuliranje has become Zagreb's synonym for laid-back hanging out with friends and family during the holiday season. It's a special part of the Advent program, the purpose of which is to mix good music with rich tastes of Christmas food and drinks. It takes place at Strossmayer's Square, where it has seen over two million of visitors so far.
Recently renovated Grič tunnel has become one of the main Advent attractions. The long tunnel can be entered from Mesnička Street, and it leads all the way to Radićeva Street. The interior is decorated to look like a street from the time of Charles Dickens and his famous Christmas Carol. You'll also find oversized children's toys. To make the atmosphere even better, there are music shows as well.
Zrinjevac, Stross, and Tomislav square are all parks in the very center of Zagreb. As such, they make the effort to look as pretty as possible during holiday seasons. Christmas lights, decorations, and stalls can be found in all of them, and cheerful music can be heard from all directions.
During Advent, the Jelačić Square gets very beautifully decorated. Around Manduševac you'll find a real Christmas fairytale, which attracts adults and children alike. Besides that, there you can enjoy numerous plays and concerts at Christmas and New Year's Eve. For those who have a sweet tooth for Christmas treats, there's a number of food and drink stalls, including mulled wine and aromatic pastry.