8 Most Delightful Christmas Markets In Zagreb, Croatia

christmas markets in zagreb

It is that time of the year again. The time when yuletide festivities start closing in. The pleasant sound of Christmas carols and Christmas bells, the eye-pleasing decorations, and the aroma of pastries, gingerbread, mulled wine, and other Croatian treats are enough to paint a beautiful picture of Christmas. During the season of Advent, Zagreb - one of the well-kept secrets of Croatia - transforms itself into a wonderland, offering visitors a variety of unique events, concerts, exhibits, food stalls, souvenir shops, and many other wonderful setups. Voted as one of the best Christmas markets in all of Europe for three consecutive years, it is no surprise why tourists from all over the world shell out bucks to visit this stunning country. Read on to check out some of the most delightful Christmas markets in Zagreb, Croatia for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

1. Fuliranje at Strossmayer Square

Fuliranje * kod Uspinjače ove zime slavi svoj peti rođendan! Fuliranje se prošle godine prvi puta odvijalo na dvije...

Posted by Zagreb on Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Fuliranje, or otherwise also known as “fooling around” allows visitors to do just that - fool around. Centrally located between Zrinjevac Park and Tomislavac Square, this Christmas market blends authentic Zagreb architecture with Christmas decorations to create a magical yet beautiful atmosphere. The market offers a plethora of stalls for Christmas shopping, along with booths where leading chefs showcase their culinary skills, while DJs spin some classics that will get visitors grooving on the streets of Zagreb.

Fuliranje at Strossmayer Square

Address: Park Josipa Jurja Strossmayera, Zagreb, Croatia

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 12pm - 11pm; Fri: 12pm - 1am; Sat: 11am - 1am; Sun: 11am - 11pm

Dates: November 30, 2019 - January 7, 2020

2. Advent on Zrinjevac Park

Park Zrinjevac Zagreb

Posted by Sandra Vidos Ex Miletic on Sunday, 29 November 2015

The Christmas market at Zrinjevac Park is located right in the heart of the city. The pavilion is the center of attraction during Christmas and the park is filled with thousands of Christmas lights and a line of wooden booths, along with some live music to set the holiday spirit. While here, you can huddle up and drink some nice wine, savor a hearty meal with traditional dishes, admire the impressive light display, watch a show or two, and get yourself or your loved ones some handmade souvenirs from the market.

Advent on Zrinjevac Park

Address: Zrinjevac, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 12pm - 11pm; Fri: 12pm - 1am; Sat - Sun: 11am - 11pm

Dates: November 30, 2019 - January 7, 2020

3. Advent in the Tunnel Grič

An unusual and one-of-a-kind attraction in Zagreb, Tunnel Grič blows visitors’ minds for its creativity and ingenuity when it comes to organizing a Christmas fair. Although it looks like a basic tunnel, don’t be fooled - this spot exhibits shows, 3D installations, creative sceneries and decorations, Christmas carols, and so much more. A former World War II tunnel, you can enjoy taking a stroll through this historic space for a truly remarkable experience this holiday season.

Advent in the Tunnel Grič

Address: Mesnička ul. 19, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

Dates: December 1 - 11, 2019 & December 14, 2019 - January 6, 2020

4. Zagreb Christmas Tale at Central Ban Jelačić Square

Zagreb, Jelačićev plac za Božić 2015
Source: Photo by user Silverije used under CC BY-SA 4.0

If you want to experience a classic winter wonderland, then a visit to Central Ban Jelačić Square is a must. With an imaginative layout, this fair exudes true Zagreb vibes every step of the way. The streets are lined with wooden cabins selling Christmas decorations, souvenirs, and an array of tasty, gourmet delicacies, including sausages, hot chocolate, and mulled wine. While here, capture as many pictures as possible, because if you’re looking for an Instagram-worthy location, this fair is it.

Zagreb Christmas Tale

Address: Central Ban Jelačić Square, Trg bana Josipa Jelačića10000, Zagreb, Croatia

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 11pm; Sat - Sun: 10am - 12am

Dates: November 30, 2019 - January 7, 2020

5. Advent on European Square

Zagreb, Trg Europe za Božić 2015
Source: Photo by user Silverije used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Located just a hop away from Ban Jelačić Square, European Square is a modern Christmas market that focuses on taking you on a gastronomic journey. Visitors can try a range of delicious Croatian delights and warm up with a nice drink. This pedestrian zone features a selection of art exhibits, concerts, film screenings, and many other attractions. European Square is also known to be a common hangout spot for young people.

Advent on European Square

Address: European Square, Cesarćeva, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 12pm - 11pm; Sat - Sun: 10am - 11pm

Dates: November 30, 2019 - January 7, 2020

6. Advent at Strossmayer Promenade

Posted by Zagreb on Tuesday, 5 December 2017

The moment you step out of Tunnel Grič, on the west side, you will find steps that will lead you to Strossmayer Promenade. The event held here is comprised of four Christmas fair locations: Advent on Stross, Cafe de Matoš, Advent on the Vranyczany Plateau, and Advent at the Klovićevi Dvori. All these locations have their own set of Christmas themes. Advent on Stross is a tiny market space that caters to all your Christmas needs, whereas Cafe de Matoš is enveloped by live music, mulled wine, and souvenir stores. Advent on the Vranyczany Plateau is known for gourmet food items, DJs, and jazz. Finally, Advent at the Klovićevi Dvori offers an amazing photo stage with stunning views of Zagreb Cathedral and Kaptol.

Advent at Strossmayer Promenade

Address: Strossmayerovo šetalište 16-99, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

Dates: November 30, 2019 - January 7, 2020

7. Advent on Tkalciceva Street

A lively street all year round, Tkalciceva Street is nestled in one of the oldest areas of Zagreb and also acts as a neighbor to popular attractions, including Kaptol and Gradec. Advent on Tkalciceva Street features a street full of innovative shows, displays, activities, and events. As you stroll around the historic streets this Christmas, you will hear some classic, local music that is soothing to the ears. You can also take part in workshops where they teach you how to make lamps, hats, and wooden artifacts from scratch.

Tkalciceva Street

Address: Ul. Ivana Tkalčića10000, Zagreb, Croatia

Date: November 30, 2019 - January 7, 2020

8. Christmas Market Fair at Gajeva and Bogovićeva Street

Posted by Zagreb on Monday, 19 December 2011

As you stroll around Gajeva and Bogovićeva, at the city center you will find streets lined with various souvenirs and amazing items that you can give to your friends and family. You will also get to explore the charming wooden cabins lining the streets, selling decorative Christmas items and ornaments, handcrafted souvenirs, trinkets, knitted hats, gloves, and a great deal of other cool stuff. While exploring the market, the aroma of homemade delicacies will invite you to try fritters, Croatian cakes, pastries, sweet almonds, hot chocolate, and mulled wine.

Christmas Market Fair at Gajeva and Bogovićeva Street

Address: Bogovićeva ul. & Gajeva ul., 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

Dates: November 30, 2019 - January 7, 2020

Get into the festive spirit

If you haven’t experienced the fun and festivities of a Christmas market, you have missed out on one of the best things ever. Christmas markets are an amazing place to spend time with friends and family. The time of the year when cities come alive with magical lights and stalls line the streets - it is one of the best ways to get into the festive spirit. Enjoy the holidays in Zagreb this Christmas!

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Born in Mumbai and brought up in Bangalore, India, Aarti is a full-time freelance writer by profession. She is a lover of everything the ‘blue dot’ offers—world cultures, off-the-beaten tracks,...Read more

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