If you’re planning a Christmas holiday in Croatia, you’re no doubt pursuing the festive markets whilst visiting. Luckily enough for you, there are plenty to choose from! Whether you’re seeking souvenirs to take home, or just want to stroll through the traditional stalls whilst marvelling at all the crafts on offer, there is a market for all in Croatia.
Spend some time with family and friends whilst enjoying a mulled wine, take in the twinkling lights and allow Croatia’s Christmas markets to get you in the festive spirit! Here are a few of the best in the country so that you can visit here with these places in mind.
Zagreb Christmas Market
A highlight for tourists and locals alike is a trip to Zagreb’s Christmas Market. It is the biggest market in Croatia and offers everything from souvenirs, to cheese and tons of local produce. The city transforms into a true winter wonderland with wooden stalls lining the streets.
This is a great way to truly experience Croatia’s culture and customs during the festive season. Find the Christmas Market at the main square in Zagreb, and be sure to also check out the city’s Ice Park where you can glide beneath the pretty lights. Indulge in traditional food, or spend some time soaking up the magic that surrounds you in the country’s capital.
Winter Festival in Dubrovnik
Another popular place to enjoy the festive season is Dubrovnik. The city’s historical architecture and fantastic sites attract tourists year-round. However, Christmas allows for a particularly lovely time here.
Dubrovnik’s Winter Festival usually starts in the middle of November and ends in the early spring. The winter season is particularly great for visiting, as the city has fewer crowds, making it easier to navigate the sites.
With New Year’s Eve, the Festivity of St. Blaise, Advent in the City and Dubrovnik Carnival all being celebrated during the Winter Festival, plenty is happening for all. The Christmas Market in Dubrovnik is a particular favourite for many, as the Old Walls of the city light up with festive decorations. Stroll around the wooden stalls where you will find Christmas ornaments, traditional food, souvenirs and much more!
Sibenik Christmas Market
The Christmas Market in Sibenik starts on the 6th of December and ends on the 3rd of January, giving visitors plenty of time to enjoy all that is on offer here. Something that makes Sibenik particularly special is that it is the first in the country to offer a plastic-free Christmas Market, perfect for eco-friendly travellers.
All food and drink are served in sustainable packaging, doing good for the planet as well as being a wonderful festive market to explore. The main event takes place in the city park, here you will find trees beaming with beautiful lights. With an ice rink, live concerts and plenty for the kids to do, you will find something for the whole family when visiting Sibenik during Christmas.
Sibenik is situated in central Dalmatia meaning there are plenty of other things to do and see when visiting here. Explore the stunning cathedral, or wander through the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a place certainly worth adding to your holiday itinerary due to its outstanding attractions and wonderful atmosphere.