Discover the Magic of Advent in Zagreb 2023

December 01 2023 Discover the magic of Advent in Zagreb 2023, a festive journey through vibrant Christmas markets, enchanting light shows, and cultural delights in Croatia's captivating capital. Perfect for family holidays and winter explorations.
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As the year draws to a close, Zagreb transforms into a charming winter wonderland - Advent 2023. This award-winning event turns the Croatian capital into a magical experience for visitors. If you're planning a visit to Zagreb during December, here are some highlights you shouldn’t miss.  

1. Enchanting Start: A Sparkling Opening

Advent in Zagreb kicks off with the ceremonial lighting of the first Advent candle on December 2nd and continues until January 7th. Don't miss the exciting "warm-up" events starting as early as November 29th, offering an early dive into the festive spirit of the city.

2. Ice Park: Skating Under the Stars

King Tomislav Square becomes a vibrant stage for the Ice Park. With its skating rinks, light installations, and Christmas music, this place is a true winter idyll. Daily rich musical programs and a diverse gastronomic offering further enrich this location.

3. Matoš & Cats: A New Urban Vibe

Masarykova and Preradovićeva Streets turn into a new pedestrian zone infused with an unusual Christmas charm. Expect traditional seasonal treats, warm drinks, and live music to warm up the cold winter evenings.

4. Zrinjevac: A Culinary Oasis

Zrinjevac Park becomes a haven of gourmet surprises. Enjoy specialties like Buncaš, Kaiser sausage, or sweet delights such as churros. Don't miss the unique cocktails that will round out your culinary experience.

5. Esplanade: Elegance and Variety


The Esplanade Hotel transforms its Oleander terrace into a hub of top culinary and musical experiences. Experience the splendor of festive decorations, unforgettable gastronomic creations, and a sparkling music program.

6. Strossmayer Square: The Heart of Fun

Strossmayer Square becomes the epicenter of good cheer with Fuliranje. Every day is filled with optimism, excellent food, drinks, and a rich music program.

7. European Square: A Nostalgic Refresh

European Square offers a retro style with musical, gastronomic, and artistic programs. Relive Zagreb's traditions and customs in a festive atmosphere.

8. Baš Naš: Festival at the Main Square

Zagreb's main square turns into the Baš Naš festival, ensuring an extraordinary atmosphere with renowned DJs, concerts, and a tempting gastronomic offer.

9. Zoo: A Wild Festive Spirit

The Zagreb Zoo offers a unique festive adventure with educational programs, creative workshops, and special tours.

10. Ribnjak: A Frozen Fairytale in the Park

Ribnjak Park becomes home to the Ice Fairytale, transforming into a magical place for both children and adults with captivating light installations.


Advent in Zagreb is not just a festival of lights and colours, but also an opportunity to enjoy  culinary delights, music, and community. This festive journey through Zagreb will surely leave  lasting memories. For more information, visit the official Advent in Zagreb website and plan your  visit today!         

Written by Igor