Like most European cities Zagreb transforms during the Christmas season. The period before the 25th of December is full of celebrations and events and is known as Advent. This year the Advent in Zagreb started on November 28th and some attractions will continue until January.
Who already visited Zagreb would be surprised to visit the main sightseeings of the city at this time of the year. The atmosphere is completely different and even more magical. Especially after the sunset when thousands of Christmas lights turn the city into a real fairy-tale.
The King Tomislav Square, right in front the main train station, during Advent turns into a big ice-skating rink, until the 10th of January. For those who prefer something less radical, the stalls around offer hot chocolate, wine, fritules, hot dogs and other traditional treats. To complete the magical atmosphere the beautiful Art Pavilion building is all lit up, welcoming everyone.
If we continue walking towards the main square we will also find the Zrinjevac park full of lights, local craft stalls, drinks, sweets and typical foods. In the center, the gazebo is the heart of the park, which receives musicians to cheer up the visitors.
Arriving in the heart of Zagreb, the square Ban Jelačića, we find the big Christmas tree, an area called Christmas fairy tale, the main stage, and the Advent candles at the font where the city was founded. If we’re lucky we can also see Santa Claus and even St. Nicholas.
Near the Cathedral, in the European square are more stalls of typical food and drinks and another stage for shows. More stalls of handicrafts and treats can be found also near the flowers square and the funicular.
Beautiful concerts also take place on the balcony of the National Theatre, on Maršala Tita square, and inside the Octagon building. Oh I wish was Christmas all year long!
So, are you already planning to visit Zagreb next Christmas?
For more information about the Advent in Zagreb visit the official website of the event.