Croatia Christmas Market Magic: Zagreb voted one of World’s best
By Saron Lease, 20th November 2019
Croatia Week reports recently that Big 7 Travel has voted Zagreb at No.3 on the list of the Top 50 Best Christmas Markets in the World 2019! The accolade is repeated by a poll by the ‘European Best Destinations’ organisation which has rated the Zagreb Advent Festival in top position for the 4th year in a row.
But Zagreb doesn’t have a monopoly, and you may wish to head further south in Croatia to find warmer weather for your Christmas market cheer – here’s a run down of Croatia’s top Christmas festivals to tempt you away from home:
ADVENT IN ZAGREB 30th November 2019 – 7th January 2020
The sound of Christmas bells, the scent of gingerbread, mulled wine and various other delicacies… Just forget everything and enjoy all these wonderful things! During the Advent season, Zagreb offers a variety of events that will satisfy even the most demanding visitors. Plenty of fun, excellent food, unique events, art, but also a genuine Christmas atmosphere, await you on the streets of Croatia’s capital. Don’t wait for Santa sitting by your fireplace, find him in the city! Make sure you polish your boots before you go because we have in store for you a number of pleasant surprises, including the musical program which will make you want to dance all night long!
Ready, set… Advent in Zagreb!
WINTER JOYS ADVENT FESTIVAL, SPLIT 30th November 2019 – 1st February 2020
This year Advent in Split – besides the abundance of music and fun, will awaken in us the emotions of some ancient times. It is promised that all who visit Split for the festival will take a retro time machine and recall some forgotten verses, games, and flavours. Throughout the five weeks of Advent, visitors will enjoy Christmas programs, souvenirs, and delicacies at various Advent locations. From interesting photo corners in attractive places, millions of unique postcards will be sent worldwide.
DUBROVNIK WINTER FESTIVAL 2nd December 2019 – 6th January 2020
If you thought The Pearl of the Adriatic couldn’t get any prettier, visit in December and see it illuminated with fairy lights as the city celebrates Christmas with traditional markets and a fair. There are carols and foodie treats such as local bakalar cod soup followed by festive doughnuts known as prikle, and even a skating rink and workshops teaching you to make traditional sweet treats.
Welcoming in the New Year is a big deal in Dubrovnik and its bijou size means it’s so easy for visitors to join in the celebratory atmosphere. The old town Stradun main street becomes a huge open-air party, with music performances from the very traditional to Croatian pop stars, and of course, there are fireworks. The festivities continue the next day, too, when the Dubrovnik Symphony orchestra stages a morning concert in the same place
Photos: © Gloria.hr, Putovnica.net & Croatian Tourist Board