...feel the light
This year's Advent in Zagreb will take place in a slightly different atmosphere, in accordance with the recommendations and decisions of the competent authorities. We will still do our best to preserve the spirit of the best Christmas market in Europe through special programs.
Advent in Zagreb will offer numerous cultural events this year, which will inspire a festive mood in anticipation of Christmas in the most beautiful way possible. You can expect 9 different music programs with 95 concerts, an augmented reality Advent exhibition in Zagreb, beautifully decorated windows in the Upper Town and much more... Feel the light of Advent in Zagreb.
Zagreb's Nativity Scene
A virtual presentation of the numerous nativity scenes of Zagreb's churches in the previous 15 years through the archives of Tvrtko Beus.
Zagreb's Advent attire
Take a walk through Zagreb's Upper and Lower Towns and feel the true magic of holidays.
Music in the time of Advent
9 programs, 95 concerts in halls and open spaces… Enjoy the music of Advent and Christmas surrounded by a heartfelt holiday atmosphere!
Culture in the time of Advent
This year's Advent will once again be filled with cultural programs. Exhibitions, performances for children, Christmas fair… Take a look at everything that awaits.
Christmas Hotel Offer
From specially designed holiday menus with traditional food and drinks to carefully decorated facades and interiors: Advent also lives in city hotels.
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.