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Christmas Croatia – Zagreb’s Advent Markets

By Saron Lease, 22nd December 2018

If you have a weakness for Christmas Markets you have to head for Zagreb, Croatia’s stylish capital city, where they don’t just have one Christmas Market they have 14!

Zagreb does love its markets and they do it in style. Not just the usual mulled wine and wooden tree ornaments, they have everything covered from local specialities to the weird and wonderful.

It’s a delight for the foodie – our favourite Gajeva Street just off the main square is where stalls sell local specialities from Slovacia to Dalmatia.  Across at the Fuliranje, there is a more trendy ‘vibe’ with food stalls giving their own modern twists on the usual classics; Strossmayer Square veers towards the craft beer crowd, whilst Zrinjevac Park likes traditional with lots of fairy lights, colourful sweets and decorations.

To work off all those calories have a  wander along to Zagreb’s railway station just opposite is King Tomislav’s Square which is transformed (yes the whole square!) into an Ice Park.

Most of the markets also have some kind of music stage set up to add to the festive feel, and even the trams are decorated for Christmas and have Santa drivers.  Think you have missed it for this year? No it’s on until the 6th January, so give the January sales a miss and head for some extended Noel.

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