The best Christmas Fair destination in Europe for 2016, and with a reason! The city of Zagreb has planned a very festive, magical, Christmas winter wonderland for everybody!
Ice skate park – Ledeni Park
At the King Tomislav Square you can enjoy a real treat – a magical ice skate park. In the background music is playing while you actively participate in the ice skating or just enjoy watching and treat yourself with international culinary delights, like Italian pannetone, French champagne, American hotdogs,Mediterranean falafels, and Croatian cakes, cheese and prosciutto, and more. You still have to learn ice-skating? – no problem – experienced ice skating instructors will help you to get skating on the ice. Additional musical entertainment starts everyday at 19.00 and at Saturdays at 11.00 and 19.00.
Location: between the Art Pavilion and the statue of the first Croatian king, Tomislav.
Opening times: the Ice Park is open daily from 10:00 to 23:00
From 10.00 – 16.00 it is 15 Kuna (~2 euro)
From 16.00 – 23.00 it is 20 Kuna (~3 euro)
Rent your pair of skates for 15 Kn (Special family rates apply)
Where to buy your tickets?
* directly from the Ice Park cashier, open daily from 9:30 – 23:00,
* or book on-line here
* For group reservations, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Advent on Zrinjevac
The beautiful Zrinjevac park is décor to magical Christmas feelings, with Christmas lighting, an old music pavilion with classical music and waltzes, Christmas ornaments, you can try the traditional dish from Zagreb – cabbage with pasta (krpice sa zeljem), sauerkraut rolls, strudels and much more. Listen to Christmas songs under the large trees, enjoy delicious winter comfort food en stroll around the Christmas stalls that sell Croatian souvenirs and Christmas ornaments – buy something nice to put under the Christmas tree for your family and friends!
Location: Zrinjevac park, admission is free
Mondays-Fridays 12.00 – 23.00
Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 23.00
Concerts at Zrinjevac
Monday – Friday at 18.00 and 20.00
Saturday and Sunday at 11.00, 18.00 and 20.00
Shows for children on the Children’s Stage at Zrinjevac (theatre, workshops, playrooms)
Monday – Friday from 17.00 – 19.00
Saturday and Sunday from 11.00 – 13.00 and from 17.00 – 19.00
Advent on European Square
If you are looking more for modern fun and a good time out with your friends? Then go to the heart of the city where at the European square, which is a pedestrian zone, this is the meeting place for young people. Go together with friends to a film, drink a glass of wine, go to an exhibition or concert all in the right Christmas spirit!
Location: European square in the heart of the city
DJs performing (Featured by Eddy Ramich)
Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 20:00
Concerts (Featuring bands selected by Balcony TV)
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, from 20:00
The Christmas Fair
This is the place you must visit! A real nice Christmas fair with wooden houses, handmade souvenirs, Christmas gifts and ornaments, at night the Christmas lights bring a special warm feeling to the fair. To keep you warm there is plenty of choice for warm drinks and delicious food, like gluhwein, sausages, roasted chestnuts and sweet cookies.
Location: Bogovićeva ulica, Gajeva ulica, Petrićeva ulica and the Varšavska ulica in Zagreb
Opening times: 26 November 2016 – 8 January 2017
Advent on the Ban Jelačić Square
All day long you will find something happening at the main square in Zagreb the ban Jelačić Square. Watch the lighting of the candles at the Advent wreath around the Manduševac Fountain. The Christmas spirit will follow you around during the music performances, while smelling and tasting delicious food and gluhwein.
For the detailed music program click here
Strolling around – Fuliranje
For a delightful Christmas walk through town, you can take a stroll to Tomićeva and Kurelčeva Streets during the Advent season. By the Funicular, the small tram that brings you to the upper city, you are treated with culture and entertainment. There are shops with products from around the world complimented with a wide choice of food and drink for a great time out in the town.
This year a new concept has been launched, after the successful past five years that the Christmas event has been organized. The strolling around – or fuliranje- is held in two different streets with each their own concept. The Tomićeva street is now the Chef street – where you can enjoy great food and drinks and the Kurelčeva street is the disco street with a great music program. Go and see and hear for yourself!
For the detailed disco music program on Kurelčeva street click here
You can also follow the events on facebook.com/Fuliranje
Live Nativity Scene
No Christmas fair without a live nativity scene! The display is staged on Kaptol with the tolling of the church bells in the background. Performed by the young people of the Cenacolo Community, these youngsters were once trapped in a world of drugs and alcohol. Now they are performing for all onlookers the events that took place at the eve of the birth of Jesus accompanied by farm animals, shepherds and the three wise men from the East
Performances are at 16.15, 17.00 and 19.00
On the following dates
18 – 23 December 2016
25 – 27 December 2016
01 and 06 January 2017
Concerts from Zagreb Christmas balconies
From the most beautiful balconies in Zagreb the brass ensemble ‘Ad Gloriam Brass’ give their performances of Bach, Händel, traditional Christmas songs and much more. With their music they bring Christmas joy to your ears. In this way the ensemble bring your attention to the beautiful architecture of several buildings in Zagreb.
Four concerts are to take place on Sunday evenings starting at 19.00.
The ‘Add Gloriam Brass’ ensemble, active since 1993, consists of six musicians of the Opera Orchestra of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra.
Performances are planned on
27 November, 4 and 18 December at the balcony of Tkalčićeva Street nr 31
11 December at the balcony of the Croatian National Theatre (HNK)
Courtyards of Zagreb – In Advent stijl
In the old upper town of Zagreb you can enjoy a cheerful holiday atmosphere in the beautiful old courtyards. Over a period of three weeks – from Saturday, December 3rd – Friday, December 23rd, you can enjoy this Advent attraction in the quiet streets of the old Upper Town. This Christmas holiday you can enjoy the smell of cinnamon, a warm drink of gluhwein while listening to Christmas music and feasting your eyes at festive Christmas decorations and lights with which the old courtyards are decorated.
During Advent, the Courtyards are open from 17:00 until midnight on weekdays, and from 10:00 until midnight on Saturdays.
Courtyard Advent opening times
From 3 – 23 December 2016
Sunday – Friday 17.00 – 24.00
Saturday10.00 – 24.00
Monday – Friday 19.00 – 22.00
Saturday10.00 – 13.00 and 19.00 – 22.00
Palača Amade atrium (Hrvatski prirodoslovni muzej/ Croatian Natural history museum), Demetrova 1, Zagreb
Palača Balbi (Staroslavenski institute / old Slavonian institute), Demetrova 11, Zagreb
Muzej grada Zagreba (Zagreb City Museum), Opatička 20, Zagreb
Privatno dvorište Milovac (Private courtyard), Opatička 19, Zagreb
Advent in the tunnel
A modern multimedia spectacle representing a Christmas Carol located in a tunnel with music, lights and video projections create an extraordinary magical and festive Christmas atmosphere. Besides the multimedia projections there are live musical performances. White snow, ice blocks, silvery fir trees all projected in the tunnel to create a winter wonderland.
Live Musical Performances
16 – 24 December from 15.00 – 21.00 with three to four live musical performances per day.
The performances are each time by a different musical group, there will be choirs, small music groups and soloists singing and performing Christmas and classical songs of all kind of musical styles. For a detailed program look at http://www.adventzagreb.hr/advent-in-zagreb/-5819c44bcc7d8
Location: Tunel Grič, Zagreb
Admission is free!
For more information about the Christmas Fair in Zagreb visit their website and click here