Advent is the most lovely time of the year, and several years near the time of Advent all the roads are leading to Zagreb. City where winter is somehow quite alive and you can feel the Christmas spirit on every corner.
You can taste homemade delicates Fritule, try an ice skating, walk within the Tunnel Grič, or just enjoy in the Christmas spirit. It’s something you just can’t explain – you need to see it. If you are a little bit of Grinch, don’t worry, Advent in Zagreb will change your mind immediately.
This is something you must put on your “things to see in Zagreb” list:
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Advent on the Main Square
You can’t go in Zagreb without visiting the main square – Ban Jelačić Square. Just like every year, the Christmas wreath will be set around Manduševac Fountain, and the first candle will be lighted on 2nd December at 5 pm. Every Sunday, a new candle will light up until Sunday 24th December when the wreath will shine in full glory.
Advent on Zrinjevac
Near the main square, you will find a fairytale named Zrinjevac. A magical place with winterly decoration will make you fall in love with that place immediately. The old music pavilion during the Advent season becomes a haven for lovers of Christmas classics and waltzes. After singing and dancing you can go and catch a bite of fabulous and almost forgotten Zagreb specialties – krpice sa zeljem (pasta with cabbage).
It is located right between the Art Pavilion and the statue of the first Croatian king, Tomislav. If you like ice skating this will surely be your favorite place in Zagreb. Alongside the ice park, there are also wooden houses where you can try Christmas delicates such as Fritule, mulled wine, sausages, and dumplings.
This year Fuliranje or Fooling around will be located on the Strossmayer square, among Zrinjevac and Tomislav square. During the Advent, Fooling around works under the slogan: “Life is a circus” – and it brings a lot of great entertainment, food, drinks, love, laughter and more. Best local cuisine, various music concerts, DJ-s, clowns, fire-eaters, stilt walkers, and everything you need for having the best Advent experience ever.
Advent on Stross
Take a romantic walk on the Strossmayers promenade, the best place for sightseeing: the Lotrščak tower, Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Museum of Broken Relationships. Strossmayers promenade is one of the most beautiful places to take a walk in Zagreb, anytime in a year, but especially at Christmas time. This year’s Advent program is full of numerous music concerts and kids shows.
Advent in the Grič Tunnel
One place and two contrasting scenes we can’t wait to see. From 2nd till 17th December the Grič Tunnel will look like a street from the age of Charles Dickens. After 19th December till the end of Advent, it is going to be designed as “Wish”. Imagine presents, Christmas ornaments, and pines.
Advent at the Klovićevi Dvori
As a fairytale decorated with countless Christmas lights, white artificial snow, pine trees, hanged romantic mistletoes – all together will make Gradec the main Advent attraction. Idyllic Gornji Grad will have the music stage with the most magnificent views of the city, which will host each day bands that will make everybody dance.
Live Nativity Scene on Kaptol
In front of the Zagreb Cathedral on the Kaptol, community Cenacolo will demonstrate us the history-changing event – the Jesus’ birth and the first moments of his life. You will see the three wise men, shepherds, Joseph and Virgin Mary, farm animals and the beautiful little byre in the Bethlehem. Living Nativity will be held from 17th December 2017 to January 6, 2018.
Are you visiting Zagreb this year?