Zagreb Christmas Market | World's best Christmas Market
Updated: Feb 15
Guess What? Which city won the title of Best Christmas Market for three consecutive years in Europe?
Hint: It’s not a German speaking country !!
Here I am sharing my experience of the best of the best Christmas Market of Europe. It’s “Zagreb Christmas Market”.
The Croatian Capital is turned into the wonderland of the fairy tales in the Christmas season. Not only the main city center was representing the Christmas festivity but the whole city had a collection of Christmas markets.
From the main fashion streets of the city called “Llica” to the streets “Tkalciceva Street” known for its lively environment was covered by chandelier and lights.and celebrating christmas festivity.
This year Zagreb Christmas market starts from November 30th, 2019 to January 7th, 2020.
Christmas Festivity in Llica:
The famous street is decorated and lightened up with Christmas festivity. There are lots of connecting street taking into different squares where there are several stalls set up for food and drinks. There are lots of corners and passage representing different scene from Jesus birth.
Bana Josipa Jelacic Square:
The main square of Zagreb is truly representing the beauty of Christmas. There are small stalls selling variety of Christmas souvenirs, decorations and food stalls. The big stage is also setup for the Christmas traditional musical performances.
People from different age groups from kids to old were dressed up in their traditional Croatian dresses and performing in front of a big crowd. The tallest Christmas tree of Zagreb is also over there.
The Nativity scene at Zagreb Cathedral:
Near the Zagreb Cathedral, they have created nativity scene from the Medieval times. You can see the live performance by the people dressed up in their traditional clothes and presenting a tales with lightning fires from old times.
Later on after the performance, you can also meet the artists and enjoy the free traditional drinks over there.
King Tomislacv square:
The magical Ice rink is setup in Tomislacv Square and offers a unique and beautiful experience for the ice-skating lovers.
In case, you don’t know how to skate, experience your first ice skating in fairy tale environment of Zagreb.
Don’t forget booking your ticket online to avoid the wait in the queue. There are also few stalls for food and drinks near the square.
Christmas festivity at Strossmayer square:
It’s one of the best Christmas market of Zagreb located in Strossmayer Square and called as Fuliranje “Fooling around”. The market is next to Tomislacs square and famous among Croatians for its amazing vibes, music and food.
Just a few miles walk from Strossmayer square, you can reach to Zrinjevac park to enjoy another Christmas market. It’s one of the classical market with live performance and booths offering food and drinks.
In 2018, Coca Cola had sponsored the market so I found booths set up with Coke theme and also christmas sledge.
Gric Tunnel Wonderland:
During the Christmas festivities, the tunnel is decorated and depicting different scene. Last year, the tunnel has turned into Winter Wonder theme and give the feel of the ice caves.
Christmas festivity in Upper town- Strossmayer:
If you come out from the Gric Tunnel, you can find a steps leading towards the Upper Town. You will be amazed by the beauty and festivity in upper town.
The pathways are fully packed with people and on one side of the path, there are stalls with beautiful Christmas decors and lights.
There are also live concert going out. Everybody was enlightened and induced in the Christmas party.
The next market is setup with Food stalls on one side and Theme background on another side. I was so amazed to see the beautiful theme set by Nescafe to take beautiful pictures with Christmas themes.
In the Upper town, there are Christmas market in all the corners and courtyards. The streets are decorated with lights and stalls.
If you walk further in Gornji Grad, you will explore more markets with beautiful theme set up to take mind blowing pictures with a background of Zagreb Cathedral. There are long waiting queue to take pictures in picture booths and frames.
There is also a Christmas decorated tram which passes by Ilica (the main fashion street of Zagreb) with Christmas songs in it.
Zagreb is the best city to visit during Christmas times and I am sure you will be in love with the liveliness and festivity of the city.