”Tick-tack” to 2018. Advent in Zagreb

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams playing in the background…

Only a couple of days left until the beginning of Zagreb Advent 2018!

The most important event in our capital starts on December 1st.

The Advent of Zagreb has been proclaimed the best in Europe for three years in a row but what’s different about this year’s Advent?


Advent 2018 has three new locations and a film advent in Zagreb’s cult cinema, Cinema Europa. It encompasses three themes. One is inspired by fairy tales and Ivana Brlić Mažuranić (Croatian influential children literature writer). Another theme is classical music with numerous festivals while the third is ecology and this year’s plan is to avoid plastic packaging and to replace it with recycled materials.






New locations?

Along side the traditional sites that will be re-emerging this year and the continuation of cooperation with the Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia within Advent on Prekrižje, the Zagreb Tourist Board and its partners have also prepared new programs for numerous visitors and citizens.

Thus, as a new location, the Advent in Maksimir will provide a dedicated entertainment for the whole family, in cooperation with ZOO in Zagreb, and there is the Advent of Old Tkalča, which will showcase the traditional crafts and revive the spirit of the oldest Zagreb and Gradec settlements. The Film Advent, which will feature Christmas movies for all ages in Cinema Europa, and Passage of Sisters Baković will be arranged as a film set from a Christmas movie.

This year’s special emphasis is on cultural events that will bring us in the most beautiful way possible to the Christmas mood and anticipation of Christmas.

Advent also includes new locations in Ogulin, Marija Bistrica, Đurđevac and the family estate Salaj.

With Advent, expect numerous festivals…

During Advent in Zagreb, there will be even eight different festivals: Adventfest in the Cathedral, Advent Classic Fest, Festival of Advent and Christmas songs in Zagreb, Concerts in the church of St. Catherine, Concert program of Zagreb soloists for Advent in Zagreb, Advent in the parish of St. Blaze, From the Christmas balconies to Zagreb and Christmas with kids!

There are also Croatian National Theater in Zagreb, Croatian Music Institute and KD Vatroslav Lisinski, that offer a rich repertoire in December, while the Ethnographic Museum, Museum of Arts and Crafts and the Gallery of Archaeological Museum will organize special exhibitions. Among other things, we would like to point out the Tea Invitation where the students of the Marija Jambrišak Teaching House are planning a gathering in the courtyard of the student home.

Don’t forget to visit Advent in Theatre Vidra where you will have the opportunity to watch the program of the oldest drama study of blind and partially sighted people in the world New life!

Visit the best Christmas destination in Europe and indulge in the Christmas atmosphere with numerous events, the magical Ice Park, the Christmas Market, amazing food and many more…


Join us in the sensational story of one of the most exciting Advents in the world!

Bernarda Cenkovčan


All photos are the property of The Zagreb Tourist Board.

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