Advent Zagreb brings joy and warmth to the winter days once again!
From 2 December to 7 January, the city will be adorned with thousands of lights, spreading warmth and romance that only the Advent season can offer. Streets, squares, promenades, passages and parks will be places to gather with your loved ones, warming your hands with a cup of mulled wine or hot chocolate. Enjoy the scents and flavors of cinnamon, cloves and local delicacies that will fill the city center. Leave your worries behind, put a smile on your rosy cheeks and let the rhythm of holiday music surround you!
JOLLY GOOD TIME
This year, the Zagreb Christmas songbook will echo throughout concert halls and churches, museums and foyers.
CULTURE IN ADVENT
The Christmas spirit is also felt in the performances and exhibitions that will give the visitors a true experience for this time of the year.
Who is more excited about Christmas than the little ones? They know how to cherish its joy and magic, they still believe in Santa Claus and are eager to share their enthusiasm for the Christmas magic with everyone.
JINGLE ALL THE WAY
There are plenty of interesting hidden jewels in Zagreb: the oldest ZOO in the region, a large miniature railroad, a live Nativity scene, sports races, unusual objects made by diligent craftsmen, and much more!
Zagreb’s hotels could not resist the magic of the holiday spirit either; they are preparing special accommodation and food offers for all those who want to enjoy the special Christmas-flavored delicacies – after all, this is a time of love and joy, and they say that the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach!
Cold days and warm hearts. Fairy-tale, snow-covered Historicist Art Nouveau buildings in the city center and parks, all immersed in festive lights and Christmas ornaments.
Flavors of the Zagreb Advent
Stuffed turkey with mlinci
Here comes the turkey! The turkey is a must, especially with homemade mlinci. A classic that never goes out of fashion and one that is prepared at least several times a year for holidays that the people of Zagreb love so much. What makes it a classic? The excellent taste, of course! Zagreb-style turkey is practically a symbol of the holidays. Find a place for it on your table too.
Paprenjaci – peppery gingerbread cookies
Named after pepper, a spice that was very expensive and rare in the past, paprenjaci are an indigenous Croatian as well as Zagreb pastry, as described by August Šenoa in his renowned novel "Zlatarevo zlato". Today, paprenjaci have become of the most well-known tourist souvenirs of Zagreb, with numerous guests from all over the world taking them home as a pleasant and tasty memento of Zagreb.
Vanilin kiflice – vanilla half-moons
Isn't it about time that you surprised all of the neighbours who have, for years, been brining you vanilla half-moons for the holidays? That's right – bake some yourself! It is very simple and Christmas just would not be the same without them. Plus, there will come a time when the neighbour with the half-moons will no longer be around and you might be the one that will have to take up the role of "moon-dealer".
Sarma with mashed potatoes – sour cabbage rolls stuffed with minced meat
Nothing can quite conjure the image of sarma like the lyrics of the band Hladno pivo: Out of all food, I like sarma the most, no other grub can come close. Minced meat that is rolled tight, in leaves of cabbage, it's a delight. ... As long as it's cold outside, sarma will keep you warm.
Makovnjača – yeast dough poppy seed roll
What to say about the pastry that pretty much everyone in Zagreb tasted? Your elders may have baked it, or maybe your neighbours. Whichever way, it is a part of our tradition. A tasty crisp dough with a sweet poppy stuffing is ideal to have for dessert, and maybe even better for dipping in a glass of warm milk in the morning.