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Christmas in Zagreb

We help you get festive in Zagreb, with our guide to Christmas markets, ice-skating, mulled wine and more


Christmas is a wonderful time to be in Zagreb. Festivities have always been enthusiastically observed in the capital, but the recently revamped advent programme has given proceedings an exciting modern edge - which means that you can follow up a carol concert with a DJ set, and a craft beer with a mulled wine. Draped in twinkly fairylights, the city looks like it was dreamed up for the front of a Christmas card, and all you really need to do to feel festive is stroll through the markets. Follow our Christmas guide, and we guarantee you'll be bubbling with Christmas cheer.

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Sjleme mountain

1. Sjleme mountain

Uniquely, a city break in Zagreb can double up as a skiing holiday. Mountain Medvednica is just a twenty minute drive from the city, and its Sjleme ski resort is never overcrowded. If skiing terrifies you even more than ice-skating, you should still take a day to walk up Sjleme. Arguably, it's at its most beautiful under a thick covering of snow - brilliantly white and magnificently silent. Eat at a cosy mountain-top tavern before catching the bus back down to town.
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