This new area of Zagreb's Advent, in Park Maksimir to the east of the city centre, makes use of the area by Zagreb's zoo and aims particularly to engage with families. Workshops, early evening concerts and a photo installation from Zagreb's Museum Of Illusions can be found here, plus seasonal food and drinks
'Caffe de Matoš' on Strossmayer's Promenade will celebrate the advent period with music and pop-up shops. Discover ancient Zagreb in coffee-houses of days long gone and immerse yourself in the warm atmosphere in the company of street bands, dancers and entertaining comedians. Live music from street-style musicians is on from 18:00 to 20:00 on week nights, and during the weekend from 11:00 to 13:00 and from 18:00 to 20:00.
Fuliranje, which translates as 'fooling around', encourages passerbys to do just that. Split between Tomislavac Square and Zrinjevac Park, leading chefs will present their culinary expertise, while DJs will stick to classics from the likes of Donna Summer, Marvin Gaye, Bee Gees, Kulušić, Saloon and Studio 54, with the aim of getting you all to drop your Christmas shopping and dance in the street.
The tree-lined Strossmartre parade, which looks out over the city, is a romantic spot at any time of year, but it's all the more magical in winter. Enjoy gingerbread by the truckload, while guzzling craft beer and mulled wine from fairy-tale styled kiosks. Musical guests include Balkan Jazz band, Gramofon band and La Papa. The full lineup is listed over on their website.
This area of artistic expression, just outside the incredible Croatian National Theatre, will hold a full live music programme featuring classical, soul and jazz musicians, DJs and acapella groups. Seasonal and regional food and drink options are also available.
Pitched as the young person's Advent, the programme at European Square is decidedly more modern than traditional Advent happenings with concerts and DJ sets every night. Just by the main square, this little corner tends to attract young, creative types, and there's always a real buzz. Here, you can warm your cheeks with a hot toddy or warm cocktail - alongside the usual mulled wine and traditional festive fare. The festival's showpiece is a giant party on Christmas day and New Year's Eve, where the cream of Croatia's electronic music scene play to an appreciative crowd, wrapped up in giant coats, huddled around the orb-shaped stage.
Set in the gorgeous Habsburg-era old town, Advent at the Klovićevi Dvori is very much a family affair with daily workshops to keep the kids busy and plenty of free concerts. A cluster of wooden kiosks serves mulled wine and traditional festive fare, with sweeping views over Zagreb Cathedral and the Upper Town.
Throughout the Advent period Vranicanijeva Poljana will be serving up gourmet food accompanied by the sounds of jazz musicians and various DJs.
Celebrations go subterranean as the recently reopened Grič tunnel, which runs underneath the centre of the city, gets made over for Christmas. The month-long programme includes concerts and Charles Dickens themed displays, all while light installations transform the tunnel into a strange, underground Narnia.
Marić Passage gets an advent makeover this year, with LED lights and intertwined branches lining the route.