Zagreb’s Christmas market is much like the city itself, compact and cosy. And despite the plummeting temperatures and the piles of slush and ice on the pavements, the market adds a bit of warmth to the setting.
The countdown to Christmas begins on Advent Sunday. The streets are lined with Christmas lights (chandeliers, hearts and snowflakes are the local favourites) and decoration. Store fronts get a festive makeover. On the Main Square, Trg Ban JelaÄiÄ‡, the big Christmas tree is placed and lit, and a giant festive wreath is draped around the fountain there.
As Christmas approaches, make-shift stalls and tents are set up on and around the main square. Here youâ€™ll find everything from colourful clay angels, local handicrafts to Christmas decorations and greeting cards; from food items like sausages and coffee to traditional Christmas specialities. Chances are you wonâ€™t walk away empty handed.
A number of cultural events also take place on the square during this time, from choir groups and workshops to Santa himself. Kids are in for an added treat as the electric blue toy train, dressed up in Christmas colours, makes frequent rounds (the train leaves every half hour from the Main Square); a great activity for parents and kids to bond over in the city.
The market offers the perfect opportunity to finish Christmas shopping, catch up with friends over food and drink, or simply take a festive stroll.
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