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Great things to do in Zagreb in December

Our ultimate guide for things to do in Zagreb this December featuring Advent Christmas markets, exhibitions, nightlife events and live music shows

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Zagreb. The first snows have already fallen and Advent is about to take over the city. Zagreb's award-winning Advent lights up three new areas this year, charming residents and visitors of all ages. The city's nightlife is in full swing and there's not a week without music highlights between now and New Year's Eve. Here's our rundown of the best things you can do in the capital this month.

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Great things to do in Zagreb in December

  • Music
  • Dance and electronic

Born in the hedonistic raves and hazy afterparties of the mid-'90s, Crazy P are a band who make house music with a strong soul and disco influence. They have taken their live show to almost every electronic music festival in Europe and toured Australia extensively. This has earned them a considerable reputation as performers, either as DJs, a full live band or in the Crazy P Soundsystem format, which lies somewhere between the two. They have also acquired a loyal following over the two and a half decades they've been active, in which they've produced eight full-length albums including 2019's 'Age of the Ego'. For this Crazy P Soundsystem appearance, group songwriter, guitarist and producer Chris Todd will assume the controls while lead singer Danielle Moore airs some of Crazy P's best-loved tracks. Even in the Zagreb cold, this formidable frontwoman is sure to get the crowds dancing.

  • Sport and fitness
  • Running

Internationally attended fun run which raises money for charitable causes, Zagreb Advent Run is open to participants of all ages and abilities and is perhaps one of the most fun of all such happenings, with the vast majority of runners choosing to run in costume, many being seasonally themed. Pre-registration is a must. The race's starting point is in front of the city centre's Westin Hotel.

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  • Music
  • Rock and indie

Zagreb art-rock band Porto Morto celebrate the end of a successful 2019 touring season with a special concert with a yellow theme. The 2019 touring schedule was undertaken in support of their second album ‘Portofon’. Released in late March 2019, the album was preceded by the single ‘Kuća’, meaning house or home, their most accessible single to date, which was also accompanied by their best video to date (with views exceeding 36K). Their debut album contained more electronic sounds than their live audiences were perhaps expecting and this second continued the trend. But, there’s still a rock band identifiable underneath the studio experimentation, at times backed by the brass players that form part of their performance. In concert, the electronics are replaced by an extensive line-up who present their take on the songs, not simply airings of the recordings. And you’re likely to see more dancing these days as the band have deliberately tried to move in the direction of making music that they like to hear and enjoy, rather than merely the music they like to make. This special yellow-themed date is held at the much-loved KSET venue where the band launched their first album and ticket numbers are strictly limited.

  • Film

This free-to-attend film festival showcases campaigning films from politically-committed directors, plus panel discussions and after-show DJs. HRFF gives you a chance to see indie films by upcoming directors as well as inspired, world-spanning documentaries before they hit the festival circuit.

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Wiggle
  • Music
  • Dance and electronic

Tech house is now such a vital sound within clubland that you could forgive someone for thinking it was the exclusive soundtrack to be found on modern dancefloors. It dominates the soundtrack of Ibiza's clubs and can be heard at almost every festival held on the Croatian coast. In Zagreb, it is the sound of many an allnighter, with the city's SoundFactory, Masters and other underground spots embracing the genre. Tech house is now so ubiquitous that it's difficult to remember it having a beginning. But it did. And its beginnings came in the mid '90s from the Wiggle resident DJs and founders Terry Francis, Nathan Coles and Eddie Richards. Frequent visitors to Zagreb over recent years, these originators of tech-house have nurtured a loyal following in the city.

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