Advent celebrations across Croatia for 2019

December is upon us, which means ’tis the season for kućice, kobasice, and Karlovačko in the crisp winter air. All around Croatia, cities and towns will be celebrating Advent with a variety of activities, performances, ice rinks, children’s programs, Christmas fairs, gastronomy, and outdoor parties.

Here is the full list of Advent celebrations happening around Croatia for 2019 along with a list of programs on offer, in alphabetic order.

Advent celebrations in Croatia

Zagreb Advent ice rink
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1. Bjelovar

November 30, 2019 – January 12, 2020

Program includes:

  • Ice skating rink
  • Concerts
  • Gastronomy

2. Čakovec

November 28, 2019 – December 26, 2019

Program includes:

  • Concerts
  • Performances
  • Charity actions
  • Gastronomy
  • Tourist train

3. Dubrovnik

November 19, 2019 – January 8, 2020

Program includes:

4. Hvar

December 1, 2019 – January 1, 2020

Program includes:

  • Concerts (including Dire Straights revival band)
  • Vinyl night
  • Music quiz
  • Gastronomy
  • Theatrical performances
  • Children workshops
  • Literary evenings
  • Sports events
  • New Year’s Jump (into the sea)

Get more information on Advent on Hvar here.

5. Karlovac

December 14, 2019 – December 30, 2019

Program includes:

  • Gastronomy
  • Concerts and cultural happenings
  • Program for children

Get more information on Advent in Karlovac here.

6. Krapina

November 29, 2019 – December 31, 2019

Program includes:

  • Concerts
  • Workshops
  • New Year’s Eve

7. Marija Bistrica

November 30, 2019 – December 31, 2019

Program includes:

  • Christmas Nativity
  • Release of lanterns (in the air)
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Children’s weekend
  • Spiritual music weekend
  • Weekend of Advent customs
  • Weekend of Lights

Get more information on Advent in Marija Bistrica here.

8. Osijek

November 25, 2019 – December 31, 2019

Program includes:

  • Advent and Christmas fair
  • Program for children
  • Ice skating rink
  • Concerts
  • Theater performances
  • Exhibitions and workshops
  • Tourist tours and “Osječki put Božićnih jaslica” (Christmas nativity tour)

9. Požega

November 30, 2019 – December 31, 2019

Program includes:

  • Concerts
  • Performances
  • Christmas fairs
Advent in Pula
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10. Pula

November 29, 2019 – December 31, 2019

Program includes:

  • Ice skating rink
  • Program for children
  • Concerts
  • Gastronomy
  • New Year’s Eve

11. Rijeka

November 30, 2019 – January 7, 2020

Program includes:

  • Sea Snowflake ice skating rink
  • Christmas market and Advent programs
  • Advent in the Tunnels
  • Advent on Gradina
  • St. Nicholas
  • Ri gastro Advent
  • Advent DJ Party

Get more information on Advent in Rijeka here and here.

12. Rovinj

December 6, 2019 – January 6, 2020

Program includes:

  • Concerts
  • Ice skating rink

13. Šibenik

December 6, 2019 – December 26, 2019

Program includes:

  • 100% plastic free Advent (Well done, Šibenik)
  • Concerts
  • Christmas fair
  • Workshops for children

14. Slavonski Brod

November 30, 2019 – December 29, 2019

Program includes:

  • Ice skating rink
  • Christmas fair
  • Concerts

15. Solin

December 15, 2019 – January 6, 2020

Program includes:

  • Children’s program
  • Food and drink
  • Concerts

16. Split

November 30, 2019 – January 2, 2020

Program includes:

  • Christmas fair on Riva
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Christmas fair and sliding at Strossmayer perivoj/Đardin
  • Advent on Pjaca
  • Marmontova ulica
  • Kazališni trg / Trg Gaje Bulata
  • Winter’s watercolor

17. Varaždin

November 29, 2019 – January 6, 2020

Program includes:

  • Bijeli Korzo: Concerts, Santa Claus train, gastronomy, exhibitions
  • Stančićev trg: Gastronomy, weekend concerts
  • Program for children
  • Gajeva ulica
  • Trg slobode

Get more information on Advent in Varaždin here.

18. Velika Gorica

Starts December 6, 2019 – End date not specified

Program includes:

  • Ice skating rink
  • Gastronomy
  • Concerts
  • Exhibitions
  • Performances

19. Vinkovci

November 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Program includes:

  • Concerts
  • Gastronomy
  • Ice skating rink

Get more information on Advent in Vinkovci here.

Advent in Zadar
Image by Zadarski.hr

20. Zadar

November 22, 2019 – January 2, 2020

Program includes:

  • Gastronomy
  • Ice skating rink
  • Program for children
  • Đir po gradu – discounts in many restaurants, shops, museums…

21. Zagreb

November 30, 2019 – January 7, 2020

Program includes:

  • Ice skating rink
  • Advent on Zrinjevac
  • Fooling around
  • Advent on European Square
  • Christmas Tale
  • Advent in the Oktogon
  • Advent at the Croatian National Theatre
  • Advent in the Tunnel
  • Advent with Films in Tuškanac
  • Advent on Stross
  • Caffe de Matoš
  • Advent at Klovićevi Dvori
  • Advent in Maksimir
  • Advent at Prekrižje
  • Polar Advent in the Wild Heart of the City
  • Advent wreath
  • Advent at Ban Jelačić Square
  • Advent of Zagreb craftsmen
  • Cultural events

Get more information on Advent in Zagreb here.

22. Župa

December 13, 2019 – January 1, 2020

Program includes:

  • Cultural events
  • Entertainment programs
  • 6 advent houses
  • New Year’s Eve

Is there an Advent event we are are missing? Let us know in the comments.

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