Christmas in Zagreb

By Viator, December 2014

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As the holiday season kicks off in Croatia, the capital is a lively place to be, with colorful light displays brightening up the city center, elaborate nativity scenes taking over shop windows, and traditional Christmas trees adorned with candles, paper lanterns and Licitar (baked dough hearts) lining the streets. 

The center of Zagreb’s Christmas festivities is Ban Jelacic Square where an atmospheric Christmas market serves up mugs of Kuhano Vino (hot mulled wine), hand-crafted decorations and traditional gifts, and there’s also a dazzling Christmas tree and an open-air ice rink. Look out for the traditional wreaths, designed from sprouting wheat wrapped in red, white and blue ribbons to symbolize the colors of the Croatian flag.

Of course, you don’t have to stay in the city over Christmas – take a day trip to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, which is transformed into a natural winter wonderland over the holiday season; hit the ski slopes at Velika or Platak; or warm up with a swim in the steamy hot springs at Varazdin.

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Private Tour: Plitvice Lakes Day Trip from Zagreb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Spend a day at the breathtaking Plitvice Lake National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on a private day trip from Zagreb! The Croatian stunner is home to ...  Read more

Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $135.73

Zagreb Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Get acquainted with Zagreb, Croatia’s dynamic capital, on a comprehensive 1.5-hour walking tour! Led by an expert local guide, the leisurely paced tour ...  Read more

Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.75

Small Group Zagreb Christmas Walking Tour

Discover Zagreb at its most magical on this 2-hour walking tour of the city’s festive highlights. With an expert guide, visit Zagreb Cathedral and see ...  Read more

Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.59

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