Croatian Christmas songs to enjoy your holidays

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If you mingle around Croatia in December, you will no doubt hear Croatian Christmas songs everywhere, especially if you hang out at one of the many Advent celebrations.

When you visit a Christmas event and hear a choir performing Christmas songs, there can be an overwhelming feeling of closeness, togetherness, and warmth. Traditional Croatian Christmas songs can usually be heard in churches, but some choirs and musicians also sing them at their performances.

Croatian Christmas songs remind me of my childhood and times when Christmas was more about hanging out and connecting with family and friends, than precious gifts and a crowded city. Although Christmas was more modest when I was a child, feelings were more intense. We sung Christmas songs at home as a family, which is not very common anymore.

To spice up the holidays and help you get to know Croatian Christmas culture, we put together a collection of Croatia’s most popular Christmas songs. Enjoy the days of peace, love, and care. Sretni blagdani! Happy holidays!

The songs are these…

#1 Robert Mareković & Fantomi – Sretan Božić svakome

Singer: Robert Mareković and Fantomi
Song: Sretan Božić svakome (Merry Christmas everyone)
Year: 1992

#2 Srebrna krila i prijatelji – Božić dolazi

Singer: Srebrna krila i prijatelji
Song: Nova godina (New year)
Album: Kreativni nered (Creative mess)
Year: 1995

#3 Oliver Dragojević – Bijeli Božić

Singer: Oliver Dragojević
Song: Bijeli Božić (White Christmas)
Album: Jedina (The only one)
Year: 1990

[Read: Croatian Music Guide: Oliver Dragojević]

#4 Crvena Jabuka ft. Saša Lošić – Bijeli Božić

Singer: Crvena Jabuka feat Saša Lošić
Song: Bijeli Božić (White Christmas)
Album: U tvojim očima (In your eyes)
Year: 1996

#5 Dino Dvornik – Nova godina

Singer: Dino Dvornik 
Song: Nova godina (New year)
Album: Kreativni nered (Creative mess)
Year: 1992

[Read: Croatian Music Guide – Dino Dvornik]

#6 Natali Dizdar – All I want for Christmas is you

Singer: Natali Dizdar
Song: All I want for Christmas is you
Album: Cimet i čaj (Cinnamon and tea)
Year: 2018

#7 Prljavo kazalište – Sretan Božić

Singer: Prljavo kazalište (Dirty theater)
Song: Sretan Božić (Merry Christmas)
Album: S vremena na vrijeme
Year: 1996

#8 Jacques Houdek – Zvončići

Singer: Jacques Houdek
Song: Zvončići (Jingle Bells)
Album: Kad si sretan (When you are happy)
Year: 2005

#9 Arsen & Gabi – Božićna

Singer: Gabi Novak and Arsen Dedić
Song: Božićna (Christmas)
Album: Da te mogu pismom zvati (If only I could call you by a song)
Year: 2005

#10 Doris Dragović – Božić bez tebe

Singer: Doris Dragović
Song: Božić bez tebe (Christmas without you)
Album: Ispuni mi zadnju želju (Fulfill my last wish)
Year: 1993

#11 Danijela Martinović – Božić je

Singer: Danijela Martinović
Song: Božić je (It is Christmas)
Year: 2005

#12 Hrvatsko seljačko pjevačko društvo “Podgorac” – Božićne pjesme

Singer: Hrvatsko seljačko pjevačko društvo “Podgorac” (Croatian Peasant Singing Society “Podgorac”)
Album: Božićne pjesme (Christmas songs)
Year: 1966

“Božićne pjesme” were published in 1966. This album was the first publication of a gramophone record including Croatian Christmas folk songs after World War II.

This album includes the following songs:

  • Narodi nam se
  • Veselje ti navješćujem
  • Kyrie Eleison
  • Djetešce nam se rodilo
  • Svim na zemlji
  • O pastiri, čudo novo
  • Radujte se narodi
  • O Betleme
  • U se vrime godišća
  • Veseli se, Majko Božja
  • Rodio se Bog
  • Uspavanka malome Isusu
  • Spavaj, Sinko
  • O pastiri, vjerni čuvari
  • Tri kralja jahahu

Do you know any of these songs? Let us know if you’d like to add a song to our list.

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2 thoughts on “Croatian Christmas songs to enjoy your holidays

  1. Michael Rebic
    December 24, 2021 @ 4:30 pm

    Marija,

    Thanks for the timely and great post, especially the traditional Croatian carols.

    One of the first “live” recordings in phonographic history was made at Zagreb Cathedral on December 4, 1927 by the Edison-Bell-Penkala company. The Croatian inventor Penkala invited 2,000 people to the cathedral along with the a number of choirs and members of the Zagreb Opera to sing “Narodni nam se kralj nebeski” and “Tebe boga hvalimo.” Penkala advertised the event as “Your voice on the gramaphone.” A year later seven Croatian carols were recorded by Penkala including “U se vrijeme godista.” Edison-Bell-Penkala went bankrupt during the depression and the firm was succeeded by Elektron which was later nationalized as Jugoton.

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    • Marija Tkalec
      January 11, 2022 @ 6:07 pm

      Dear Michael,

      It is so nice to hear you! (: I’m very glad that you like this post.

      Wow, thanks for sharing this story with us. I hope that you are doing fine, all best wishes.

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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