10 insider tips for Advent in Zagreb
Drink punch instead of mulled wine
Become a Advent hipster and take punch, not mulled wine. Change your favourite Christmas time drink , find food and drink stand at Zrinjevac park, European square,Kurelčeva street or Tomislavac park and give punch a chance. Zagreb punch is good as Vienna punch. It is made from wather, sugar, lime, rum and brandy with a lit bit of ginger, cardamom, fennel, cinnamon or cloves.
Find Advent kalendar courtyards and passages on weekend
Take a break from Advent weekend crowd and find one of the revived courtyards, passages and blocks of Lower Town. Christmas spirit and special charm is in less known spaces. Light installations, concerts, exhibitions, reading of Christmas stories and performances in hidden places of Advent in Zagreb. Discover them.
Courtyard Petrinjska 73 12./13. 12. 10:00h-22:00h
Block Žerjavićeva 3-Mihanovićeva 30/2 19./20. 12. 11:00h-22:00h
Enjoy concerts from Zagreb balconies
Experience concerts of classical music from Croatian National Theatre and Tkalčićeva 33 balcony. Works of Bach, Handel, Croatian marches and traditional songs as well as international Christmas carols. Warm sounds from balcony in one of the most famous streets of Zagreb and in front of Croatian National Theatre. Very romantic.
Croatian National Theatre, Trg maršala Tita 15 13.12. 19:00h
Tkalčićeva 33 20.12. 19:00h
Croatian National Theatre, Trg maršala Tita 15 27.12. 19:00h
4.Take a selfie from Ice observation deck at Ice park at Tomislavac
Or ask somebody to take a picture of you and your beloved one at Advent in Zagreb. One thing is sure, you will not be alone there. Because below you is 2000 square meters of Ice park with 400 meter long trail. And everybody is there. If you do not like to ice skate there is lot of food stands with traditional sausages, cakes and sweet treats. Prepare selfie stick.
Trg kralja Tomislava 28.11.-10.01. 10:00h-23:00h
Skate on probably the smallest ice rink in the world
In Dežman passage, full of prestige shops and bars, on the left side there is cafe Velvet. Next to it, with diameter of 4,5 meters, there is probably the smallest ice rink in the world. It is made on a wooden base and surrounded by fence made of wood logs. In the evening, when the tree lights go on, ice rink transforms into the magical place.
Velvet cafe Dežmanova 9 05.12.-10.01. mon-fri 08:00h-22:00h sat 08:00h-15:00 sun 08:00h-14:00h
When the night falls go to Kurelčeva street
The best entertainment zone at night is at Kurelčeva street, where fun and gourmet event Fuliranje is going on. People in good mood making toasts and drinking, having the best fun in Advent in Zagreb. Food and drink stands represent cities around the world. Insiders will tell you that best mulled wine is in London stand. Cheers!
Kurelčeva street mon-thu 12:00h-22:00h fri 12:00h-24:00h sat 10:00h-24:00h sun 10:00h-22:00h
Christmas and New Year 17:00h-22.00h
Appreciate classic music in Oktogon passage
Wear a suit and a tie. Did you know that tie-cravat originates from the Croats? You can buy original one in nearby shop in Oktogon and listen a classic music in classic passage Oktogon. Costumed Strauss ensemble plays the works of Johann Strauss and other salon music, waltzes and Christmas song just for you…
Oktogon passage( Ilica 5) 04.12.-19.12. fri 18:00h-19:00h sat 11:00h-12:00h 23.12. 18:00h-19:00h 24.12. 11:00h-12:00h
Take the kids and go to Living Nativity Scene
During Advent in Zagreb on the left side of the Zagreb Cathedral there is Living Nativity Scene. This beautiful scene includes the little stable, gusest chamber, people of Bethlehem, live farm animals, realistic costumes and amateur actors as Holy family, Three Kings and the shepherds. Ideal for your kids, they will love it.
Zagreb Cathederal, Kaptol 31 19.12.-23.12. 25.12.-30.12. 01.01. 06.01. at 16:15h, 17:00h and 19:00h
Visit Christmas cakes and cookies festival
On this sweet festival pastry chefs will present and display their assortment along with workshops and tastings for visitors. Soak in smells and tastes of handmade soft, crunchy, creamy, full of chocolate, old fashioned Christmas cakes and cookies. With companionship of tea parties, music performances and joyfull people. Enjoy.
Karas gallery, Praška 4 16.12.-23.12. 10:00h-22:00h
Sail into Old Zagreb Christmas feeling and admire ice sculptures
Antiques exhibition, decoration of Christmas tree, live performances of carol songs with hot drinks and blanket in Zagreb Upper Town. Together with Ice sculpture festival for the first time at Advent in Zagreb. The fascinating big ice sculptures will be created from many ice blocks at Gradec plateau. Accompanied by DJ sessions. Do not miss great view of Lower Town at plateau.
Old Zagreb Christmas, Klovićevi dvori gallery,Jezuitski trg 4 12.12.-24.12. mon-sun 11:00h-22:00h
Ledozemlje-Ice sculpture festival , Gradec plateau, Katarinin trg 5 17.12-20.12. 11:00h-22:00h