Zagreb

Advent in Zagreb 2018

07 Dec 2018
Tis the season to be jolly and Advent in Zagreb is all about that! As you stroll through the city you’ll be delightfully overwhelmed by the scent of grilled sausages, hot jam donuts, traditional Croatian delicacies, plus hot chocolate, mulled wine and more. You’ll find that at most Advent locations you can pretty much eat, mingle, dance, and buy authentic souvenirs. Rest assured as we have provided you with all the finer details for you to pick and choose what to do and where to go around town. 

CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Strossmayerov trg - ‘Fuliranje’ Fooling Around, December 1 2018 - January 1 2019
Action packed activities running day and night with over 40 restaurants serving specialties, not to mention stages with live acts and DJs, shops of sorts, a PS4 zone, Croatian craft beer, Santa’s home, and that is just the beginning.

Europski trg - December 1 2018 - January 6 2019
The walkway of the square transforms into a mini promenade of wooden houses serving liquors, brandies, and other throat warming remedies amongst a rich offer of concerts and alternative urban attractions.

Strossmayer Promenade - December 2 2018 - January 1 2019
Get the funicular up to the promenade where you can discover age old Zagreb with charming coffee houses, street food, dancers, bands, comedians, and thrilling views overlooking the city amidst shiny lights and joyful music. 

Varšavska ulica - December 1 2018 - January 6 2019
Another stop off where you can find handcrafted Christmas souvenirs, gifts, knitwear and more. Food is also in abundance with roasted chestnuts, pastries, cakes and mulled wine to devour. 

Bogovićeva ulica - December 1 2018 - January 6 2019
One of the busiest streets in town transforms into a stunning Christmas market and when nightfall comes, the lights will light your spirit up as vendors offer their majestic specials that range from décor to fashionable attire. 

Gajeva ulica - December 1 2018 - January 6 2019
The soft glow of Christmas lights are just as effective here as you can nibble on all sort of sausages made to family recipes with winter side dishes too. Pancakes are aplenty as well as spell bounding liquors. 

CHRISTMAS EXHIBITIONS AND MOVIES

Ethnographic Museum - November 24 2018 - January 15 2019
From Christ’s manger to Christmas decorations never seen before, see the works of Sister Samuela who uses natural materials to make some amazing religious figures and sculptures. 

The Museum of Arts and Crafts - December 11 2018 - January 27 2019
The Next One Will Be Better - In addition to its permanent exhibition - concerts, thematic workshops, a Christmas souvenir program and other events make visiting MUO a hands on experience. 

Europa Cinema - December 1 2018 - January 6 2019
Escape the bitter cold and head to Zagreb’s oldest cinema which will continuously screen fantabulous Christmas films for all generations.

Croatian History Museum - December 1 2018 - January 6 2019
Attend workshops tailored to making Christmas ornaments and nativity scenes whilst visiting the museum where you can make your own piece of history. 

HDLU - HPB Cash and Carry - Christmas market, December 17-23
Organised for young art students from  Croatia and Široki Brijeg on order to present their works. This is your opportunity to pick up some art from artists whose time is yet to come,  at great prices, and there by support them financialy. 

CHRISTMAS SHOWS

Croatian National Theatre - December 4,11,13,15,18,20,24,27,28,29,31, January 3,4,5 
The Nutcracker – The world resounding fairy-tale ballet by Tchaikovsky is at this time of year most appropriate with some of the best known tunes in classical music.

Vidra - December 1-20
The Advent program from the ‘Novi život’ (New Life) troupe, the oldest drama studio for the blind and visually impaired thrives in spirit, so come and give your support. Admission is free.

Komedija Zagreb City Theatre 
V. Balog – T. Uhlik:  A little King was born, December 7,8,10, 19:30 
Jovial Christmas singing and folklore dancing from the most sought after ensemble in Croatia, LADO. 

Christmas Concert, December 17,18, 19, 19:30 
A delightful Christmas orchestral concert with classical to worldwide tunes to be performed in association with the renowned Husar&Tomčić school of singing. 
Vienna in Zagreb , December 28,29,30, 19:30, December 31, 17:30
A New Year’s Concert with a Vienna at heart as the waltz, polka, and famous grand arias sung by well-known Croatian soloists make these evenings memorable.  

CHRISTMAS FOR CHILDREN

Hotel Academia Zagreb - The city of St. Nicholas, December 5,6, 16:00 - 20:00 
St. Nicholas finally arrives on his Saint’s Day and will be very happy to take photos. Educative workshops, magicians, children’s choirs and sports stars such as Goran Ivanišević  and players from Dinamo Zagreb will also attend.

Trešnja Theatre - Orašar – The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, December 27, 28, 29,30 2018 - January 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 2019
This famous tale takes a slight twist as the young Marie and Fritz go on a majestic journey of fantasy thanks to the inventor Drosselmeier. The play is inspirational and tailored towards children of all ages.  

Mala Scena Theatre - Advent at Mala Scena, December 1 - December 23
Resounding theatre shows for children of all ages after which St. Nicholas or Santa Claus will arrive with their sleighs and bring plentiful cheer and gifts. 

Trg bana Josipa Jelačića - The Merry Christmas Tram
Hoot… Hoot… See Zagreb in all its glory in an enjoyable 25 min ride that takes visitors around town. The starting station is located on Ban Jelačić Square at the corner of Praška Street.

Maksimir Park - Advent in Maksimir, December 1 2018 - January 6 2019
Enjoy Advent amongst nature where there is a rich variety of quality educational and fun programs for children, along with a selection of offers for grown-ups. Great for a family day out plus a visit to the Zagreb Zoo!

KNAP - Christmas at KNAP, December 21, 17:00 - 21:00
Plays, concerts, exhibits.
The 80's Museum - Advent at the 80’s Museum, December 22, 23,  29 and 30
Do you love the 80s? Who doesn’t? See Zagreb in the 80s for the first time where you can also find something similar to your youth too. Whilst turning nostalgic, look out for Santa Claus who has the museum booked into his busy schedule. Keep track via social networks for the correct hours of his visit.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS

Zrinjevac - December 1 2018 - January 6 2019
The tree lined park where you can enjoy unique Christmas ornaments and handmade souvenirs finely crafted by selected local artisans.

Petrićeva ulica - December 1 2018 - January 6 2019
Combining cute wooden houses filled with Christmas gifts and décor to those with mouth-watering food and beverages to keep you zipping and warm. 

HDLU - Artomat, December 17 - 23 
A Christmas market organised by the Croatian Association of Fine Artists allows you to find one-of-a-kind and unconventional pieces of art and Christmas presents amidst a jovial music and DJ program.

CHRISTMAS INSTAGRAM SPOTS

Marićev prolaz - Advent at the Marić Passage, December 1 2018 - January 6 2019
A light installationthat will take you through a short winter wonderland whilst strolling leisurely.

Johann Franck - Christmas Tale, December 1 2018 - January 6 2019
Surrounded by imaginative scenography wherever you turn, you’ll find yourself in a real Christmas fairy-tale with so many magical features. 

Grič  Tunnel - Advent in the Tunnel, December 1 2018 - January 6 2019
Advent celebrations will focus on two set designs: December 1 to 11: The Museum of Reality – the most precious thing in the world: UNICEF, December 14 to January 6: A Winter Garden, the magical world of an imaginary castle from a frozen fairy-tale.

Gradec Plateau - Advent at the Klovićevi dvori, December 1 2018 - January 1 2019
Includes free concerts, choirs, culinary treats and great views of the Lower Town; best of all, the enlarged frame with the city in the background offers visitors the best Advent photo of all.

Prolaz sestara Baković - December 1 2018 - January 6 2019
Meander into an old film studio, where you will feel like the leading actor or actress on the set of a Christmas film.

Ulica Ivana Tkalčića - December 1 2018 - January 6 2019
One of Zagreb’s oldest streets that encompass artisan workshops and crafts as well as tunes of old; the perfect set that takes us back to the ‘good old days’. 

CHRISTMAS CONCERTS

The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Adventfest, December 2,9,16,23, 19:30, Admission is free 
Tkalčićeva ulica - Concerts from Zagreb Christmas balconies, Ad Gloriam brass ensemble, December 9, 16, 23, 19:00

Galerija Lav - Concerts from Zagreb Christmas balconies, Ad Gloriam brass ensemble, December 2,19:00

Arts and Crafts Museum - Festival of Advent and Christmas songs, December 1, 8, 19:00

Mimara Museum - Festival of Advent and Christmas songs, December 3, 11, 19:00

St. Catherine's Church - Festival of Advent and Christmas songs, December 7, 19:00

Ethnographic Museum - Festival of Advent and Christmas songs , December 8, 12:00

Church of St Anthony of Padua, Sveti Duh - Advent with Aklapela, klapa (a capella groups) performing traditional Dubrovnik carols, December 14, 20:00, Admission is free

National and University Library in Zagreb - Advent with Aklapela, klapa (a capella groups) performing traditional Dubrovnik carols, December 15, 20:00, Admission is free

St. Catherine's Church - Concerts in St. Catherine's Church, December 5,12,16,20, 20:00
The Zagreb Chamber Orchestra performs works by top composers such as A. Vivaldi, G. Tartini, R. Williams, M. Bruch, A. Coreli, A. Cacini, F. Schubert, J. S. Bach, L. Sorkočević, W. A. Mozart, and others.

St. Blaise's Church - Advent in St. Blaise's Church, December 2-23
For the true meaning of Christmas, we invite you on a musical journey as you can choose from a vast selection of concerts to celebrate the season of holiness in such a serene setting.
December 2: First Sunday of Advent – the Fasting Candle – HOPE
                    Gregorian choral ('O' Antiphons and similar)
December 9: Second Sunday of Advent – The Child – Candle of Conciliation – PEACE
                    Compositions devoted to the Virgin Mary (vocal and instrumental)
December 16: Third Sunday of Advent – The Holy Mother – Gaudete – JOY
                      Instrumental and accompanied vocal compositions
December 23: Fourth Sunday of Advent – The Father – Laetare – LOVE
Compositions linked with Saints' days during December (St. Nicholas, St. Barbara, the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Lucia…)

LIVE NATIVITY SCENE

Kaptol
Bethlehem is at our very doorstep with members from the Cenacolo Community re-enacting the nativity scene of Jesus’ birth along with farm animals too. Perfect picture moments!  

ICE PARK

Trg kralja Tomislava - December 1 2018 - January 6 2019
Advent can’t pass by without a skate on the huge ice rink set up next to the King Tomislav statue. When night falls, the colourful lights and serenading music truly make for a winter wonderland. Advent in Ogulin - With a ticket for the entrance to the Ice Park you can also experience Advent in the recently dubbed ‘Croatian City of Fairy-tales’. You even get a 40% discount for entry into Ivana’s Magical Fairy House. Or, if you are travelling to the town of Ogulin by train, be sure to keep your ticketsas the same discount applies. 

ADVENT RUN

The Westin Zagreb - Zagreb Advent Run 2018, December 16, 10:00
Come dressed as Santa, an elf, or anything Christmassy at this fun run marathon that you can join. Choose from the 5km or 10km distance with all proceeds going to raising awareness for diabetes. 

PUBLIC CITY TRANSPORT DURING ADVENT 

In order to make this holiday season more pleasant and cheerful, we appeal to fellow citizens and our guests to use public transport as much as possible from December 2 to January 7. All rides are free on weekends in the city of Zagreb throughout this period. This display of goodwill starts from every Friday at 12 noon through to Sunday midnight. This includes the Zagreb funicular. 
 
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