Christmas in Zagreb begins on the first Sunday of Advent, creating a one-of-a-kind atmosphere with lights, music and entertainment for the whole family.
The city has always been the subject of numerous historical and cultural influences that have made Christmas a magical time in which to be together with joy and serenity, wishing each other a "Sretan Bozic", or Merry Christmas! The celebrations in the country were born quite recently, before 1989 in fact, Christmas Eve was practically not considered as a day dedicated to gifts. On the contrary, it was the Djed Mraz, or "Father's Day Frost", on January 1, that was expected by all Serbs and, even today, by many children of the Serbian community who celebrate Orthodox Christmas on the eve of January 7. .
In any case, if you choose to spend Christmas in this spectacular city, you will be overwhelmed by a wave of fun between shopping in traditional markets, ice skating and walking in the center illuminated by thousands of lights.
Here's what to do to Christmas 2019 in Zagreb with offers, programs and advice.
- Plan your Christmas in Zagreb: flights, hotels and All Inclusive packages
- Tickets, tours and bookable activities
- What to do: events and activities
- What to see in Zagreb at Christmas
- Climate and useful info
- User questions and comments
Covid-19 emergency: events, concerts and demonstrations could undergo last-minute changes due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We recommend that you inform yourself well about the situation of the destination you intend to visit before departure. If you are planning a trip, follow government guidelines and make sure you are in line with safety measures.
Plan your Christmas in Zagreb: flights, hotels and All Inclusive packages
The whole city of Zagreb is excellently connected to public transport, especially from the tram in the more central areas.
The best offer of accommodation can be found in the area north of the Sava River, which surrounds the historic center with the districts of Gornji Grad, the historic Zagreb (the Upper Town accessible by funicular), which consists of two parts: Gradec and Kaptol, a very residential and tourist area, and Donji Grad (the Low).
South of Donji Zagreb is located then the Novi Zagre area, also characterized by a rural area and beautiful lakes. Another area that you can consider is Maksimir, north-east of Gornji Grd, very nice connected by trams and buses but provided by less accommodation than the previous ones mentioned.
In any case, the offer is varied and consists of a good quality / price ratio. Surely in the areas near the historic center you will find a more varied offer of attractions, restaurants and shops depending less on public transport and enjoying the city on foot or by bike. If you need to use transport constantly, we still recommend the Zagreb Card which allows you to travel for free for 24 or 72h and receive numerous discounts on attractions and clubs.
Dall 'Zagreb-Pleso airport, about 15 km from the city center, you can opt for bus n ° 290 in about 40 minutes of travel (cost € 4,00) or by taxi in about 30 minutes (about € 30,00).
Christmas Offers in Zagreb: Flight + 4 nights in hotel
- starting from € 149,00 -
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 75,00 per room -
- Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 332,00 per person -
Tickets, tours and bookable activities
What to do: events and activities
1 - Josip Jelacic Square with shows, lights and the inevitable Christmas tree
Josip Jelacic Square is the main square of the city, which for the whole month of December becomes a spectacular scene of Christmas lights, stalls for a little healthy shopping and lots of entertainment even for the little ones. The Christmas tree, 20 meters high, rises giving a spectacular view over the whole square where there is also a stage where interesting concerts are held every day, and the beautiful Manduševac fountain decorated with the traditional Advent wreath.
2 - Tour of the Christmas markets in Piazza Europa
La pedestrian area of Piazza Europa it too turns into a whirlwind of Christmas magic thanks to its traditional Christmas markets. You can stroll in total relaxation among the stalls of local crafts, traditional food and wine, souvenirs and much more, you are spoiled for choice! In this part of the city you can really breathe an air of celebration between shopping, music and a good glass of mulled wine.
3 - Walk to Zrinjevac Park
The Zagreb tour at Christmas continues with an unmissable stop: the beautiful and evocative Zrinjevac Park, between light installations that surround the trees and the old music pavilion, a sort of palace that shines with its unmistakable lights, where you can taste the typical winter specialties of the city, such as štrukli (struccoli), a sort of freshly baked cheese rolls, spicy sausages, prsut (ham) and mulled wine , also accompanied by sweet specialties such as biscuits and hot chocolate. All with somegreat live music that accompanies this incredible experience!
4 - Ice skating in Tomislav Square
What a Christmas it would be without an exciting ice skating? In Zagreb all this is possible, in Tomislav square, where music will accompany you on an unforgettable evening both as a couple, with friends and family. A real Christmas fairy tale open from November 28 and open until January 10, really not to be missed! Admission is free and you will also have the opportunity to rent skates directly on the spot.
5 - Girocittà among the Christmas lights
Do not miss the wonderful light show in the city, which lights up in celebration during the Advent period.
Do not miss the main attractions with lights and Christmas trees to enhance the contours and create all Christmas suggestions.
A 2-hour walking tour with funicular will allow you to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere and at the same time savor the historical and cultural aspect of the city.
With a Hop On Hop Off panoramic bus tour you can enjoy the show and above all stop whenever you want, with stops between shopping centers or Christmas markets, and then go back up and continue the tour.
Finally, on a magical Christmas private tour you will hear the legends of Christmas about Zagreb, admiring the Cathedral of the Lotrščak Tower, to discover the magical spirit of Zagreb during the holidays in the charming downtown area.
What to see in Zagreb at Christmas
Christmas in Zagreb creates a truly special and magical atmosphere that pervades the whole city. The capital of Croatia, on the occasion of the holidays, is transformed into a city full of events and celebrations various between concerts and music. There is also entertainment for the whole family and excellent local cuisine. Here's what to do and see in Zagreb at Christmas:
- Josip Jelacic Square with shows, lights and the inevitable Christmas tree
- Tour of the Christmas markets in Piazza Europa
- Walk to Zrinjevac Park
- Ice skating in Tomislav Square
- Find out more about what to see in Zagreb
Climate and useful info
- Weather: very rainy (100 mm of precipitation in 13 days) and cold (maximum 6 °, minimum 2 °) - more info on the climate in Zagreb
- Zagreb-Pleso-Velika Gorica international airport about 15 km south of the city center; from Italy there are flights of about 3 hours, with stopovers of about 40 minutes in Vienna and Munich, served by the companies Croatia Airlines, KLM, Air France, Austrian and Lufthansa; from the airport to the center you can take bus n ° 290, 40 minutes journey at a cost of € 4,00, or a taxi. travel time about 30 minutes, average cost of about € 30,00 - Compare flights to Zagreb - from € 149,00
- Getting around: by bus, tram and funicular; the bus is more suitable for more peripheral areas (single day ticket € 1,35, night € 2,00); the tram to the most central areas (single day ticket € 1,35, night € 2,00); for both trams and buses the cost of the ticket for 24h is € 4,00, for 3 days € 9,40; the funicular instead connects the Lower Town and the Upper Town (€ 0,67 single ticket) - more info on how to get around Zagreb
- Useful passes and cards: Zagreb Card, with which you can travel for free on public transport, free entry to the 4 museums of the city, the "Zagreb Eye" observatory and the Zoo; there are also discounts in over 70 different points of sale (museums, restaurants, services etc.); valid for 24h or 72h depending on the length of stay; for 24h it costs € 13,15, for 72h € 18,12, which can be purchased online, in the infopoints and in some hotels and hostels
- Average cost of Christmas dinner: around € 50,00 per person for a good restaurant