Advent celebrations across Croatia for 2019

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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

Get more information here on Advent in Bjelovar.

2. Čakovec

November 28, 2019 – December 26, 2019

Program includes:

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

Get more information on Advent in Čakovec here.

3. Dubrovnik

November 19, 2019 – January 8, 2020

Program includes:

Get more information on Advent in Dubrovnik here and here and here.

4. 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.

5. Krapina

November 29, 2019 – December 31, 2019

Program includes:

  • Concerts
  • Workshops
  • New Year’s Eve

Get more information on December in Krapina here.

6. 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.

7. 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)

Get more information on Advent in Osijek here.

8. Požega

November 30, 2019 – December 31, 2019

Program includes:

  • Concerts
  • Performances
  • Christmas fairs

Get more information Advent in Požega here.

Advent in Pula
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9. Pula

November 29, 2019 – December 31, 2019

Program includes:

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

Get more information on Advent in Pula here.

10. 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.

11. Rovinj

December 6, 2019 – January 6, 2020

Program includes:

  • Concerts
  • Ice skating rink

Get more information on Advent in Rovinj here.

12. Šibenik

December 6, 2019 – December 26, 2019

Program includes:

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

Get more information on Advent in Šibenik here.

13. Slavonski Brod

November 30, 2019 – December 29, 2019

Program includes:

  • Ice skating rink
  • Christmas fair
  • Concerts

Get more information on Advent in Slavonski Brod here and here.

14. 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

Get more information on Advent in Split here and here.

15. 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.

16. Velika Gorica

Starts December 6, 2019 – End date not specified

Program includes:

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

Get more information on Advent in Velika Gorica here.

17. 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
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18. 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…

Get more information on Advent in Zadar here and here.

19. 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.

20. Župa

December 13, 2019 – January 1, 2020

Program includes:

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

Get more information on Župa’s first Advent here and here and here.

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

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