The Christmas market in Zagreb

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The Christmas market in Zagreb is known as the “Zagreb Advent”

It is a popular holiday event held annually in the main square, Trg Bana Jelačića and other locations in the city. The market features a wide variety of traditional Croatian Christmas crafts, food, and drinks, as well as live music and other entertainment.

 Advent

During that event the city center is decorated with Christmas lights and decorations, and there are many other holiday-themed events and activities taking place around the city. Some of the highlights of the Zagreb Advent include the opening ceremony, which features a performance by the Croatian National Theater, and the daily lighting of the Advent candles, which takes place on the main stage in the Trg Bana Jelačića.

The Zagreb Advent typically runs from the end of November until the beginning of January. If you’re planning to visit Zagreb during the holiday season, be sure to check out the Christmas market and other holiday events and activities. It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit and experience some of the city’s rich culture and traditions.

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The Zagreb Advent, also known as the Christmas market in Zagreb

In addition to the main market in Trg Bana Jelačića, the Zagreb Advent also includes a number of other locations around the city where you can find holiday-themed events and activities. Some of these locations include:

  • The Croatian National Theater: This theater hosts a number of Christmas-themed events and performances during the Advent.
  • The Zagreb Zoo: The zoo hosts a special holiday event called “Advent in the Zoo,” which includes Christmas-themed activities and decorations.
  • The Croatian Museum of Naive Art: This museum hosts a Christmas market featuring handmade crafts and other holiday-themed items.
  • The Maksimir Park: This park hosts a variety of holiday-themed events, including concerts and outdoor movies.

King Tomislav Square’s Ice Park

Ledeni park
© Arhiva Turističke zajednice grada Zagreba – J. Duval

Christmas in Zagreb: ice skating
All ages of people are enthralled by the ice park that has been set up in King Tomislav Square. Although there are many things to do in Zagreb over the holiday season, this one might be the most popular.

Tomislav Square, a normally calm park, is transformed into a sizable ice skating rink throughout the winter holidays. You are surrounded by a stunning display of sparkling lights as you slide around and around the ice rink. Christmas carols are playing while the aromas of freshly made food and mulled wine fill the air. Numerous charming wooden cottages that serve warm beverages, regional fare, and authentic Croatian desserts may be found nearby.

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© Arhiva Turističke zajednice grada Zagreba – J. Duval

During the Zagreb Christmas celebrations, this park takes on an astonishing and even more gorgeous transformation. All 220 of the plane trees are lit up, and the walking paths through the park are lined with a lot of quaint wooden homes. Each one offers its own distinctive traditional Croatian specialties, including locally produced crafts, one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments, gourmet cuisines, wines, and sweet treats.

In the centre of the park, there is an antique musical pavilion where a cultural event is held every evening. This includes choirs performing traditional Christmas carols, musical performances, folk dances, children’s performances, and much more.

Fuliranje –  Fooling Around At Oleander Terrace, Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

Another fantastic spot for merriment at the event has been chosen, and Michelin-starred street cuisine will be served there.

Restaurants from the area, including Esplanade Zagreb, Nebo by Deni Srdo StreetStyle, The Meat by Nenad Komes, Institut za kobasice by Mate Jankovi, Balon, Taika, Resta, Beg’s Plant-Based Street Food, Gingle Bells, and Rakijarnica, will bring this exceptional culinary experience to the terrace of the prestigious Esplanade Zagreb Hotel under the direction of award-winning

It’s the ideal place to dance, drink, dine, and be merry with live music, DJ beats, kids’ programs, artistic programs, concerts, and more!

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