🇭🇷 Croatian Christmas Markets: Zagreb 🇭🇷
Zagreb Christmas markets quickly became some of my favorites! It’s the perfect mix of a beautiful small city packed with festive markets and decor. This guide has what you need to find all the best parts of the Zagreb Christmas markets: where they are, what they offer, and what sets Zagreb apart from other cities’ Christmas markets. ✨ This free guide will also give you a taste of what all my Christmas market guides offer! Check it out if you're on the fence about buying one. ✨ In this guide, you'll get: - dates & locations for the markets - themes, of what to look for at each one - additional areas or shops that have great decorations - specialty foods to try - hotel suggestions at varying price points
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Zagreb hits the sweet spot of a small city Christmas market: its small enough to explore in a day, but decorated to the nines and perfect for a festive market experience!

It's one of the best cities for decoration I've seen, and the whole place feels like a step back in time. 

I have a separate Zagreb guide focused on the city's sights and restaurants, so grab that as well to round out your time! 

Zagreb Christmas Market Specialties

The best thing about Zagreb Christmas markets is that they create a party atmosphere. All the markets have plenty of decoration and an emphasis on space for decor and mingling, rather than cramming as many market stalls into every corner. There's a ton of live music on the weekends, full of people singing along and enjoying themselves.

There are fewer stalls selling souvenirs or goodies, with a bigger emphasis on food & drink. This adds to the feel that everyone's there to enjoy themselves, not just buy stuff. 

Foods to Try

In addition to the usual favorites, here are a few things to try at the Zagreb markets! 

🍖 cepavi: ground meat shaped around a stick and grilled! It's found throughout the Balkans, and delicious! 

🥟 Asian food: Hear me out. It's not Croatian, but I loved having the option to mix it up! 

🍩 fritule: fried dough balls topped with powdered sugar and chocolate! The best way to finish up any meal.

Logistics 

📆 2023 dates: 

December 2 - January 7th 

⏰ Hours:

No overall opening, but most are open by 2 pm and close around 9 pm

How much time do you need?

You can pretty easily see the Zagreb Christmas markets in one day, because the city isn't big. I'd recommend spending a night to enjoy them after dark, and give yourself time to see more of Zagreb itself! 

Getting around

Everything is easily walkable! But the city does have old school trams that run through the city center. 

Hotels

These are ordered loosely cheapest to most expensive, but can vary depending on demand, weekday/weekend, or neighborhood. 

Apartments Downtown
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A great budget option that doesn’t feel budget! Efficiency apartments in a good location.
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B&B Sky
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Great modern hotel option right on the main square!
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Zagreb Sleep & Eat
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Perfect for apartment style accommodation! It also has parking, making it great if you’re road tripping.
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Hotel Dubrovnik
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Good higher-end hotel option right on the main city square. Has an especially good breakfast!
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Met Boutique Hotel
@teaspoonofnose
Good splurge option in Zagreb! The building is elegant and modern, with everything you need!
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Zagreb Christmas Market Locations

Zagreb is a small enough city that it's not helpful to break them down into major and minor markets - they're all close together, and easily doable in a day!

The biggest Christmas market in Zagreb. You'll find a mix of decorations, festive corners, and food & drink stalls.

Ban Jelačić Square
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The main square of Zagreb! You'll pass through here every day exploring the city.
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Park Zrinjevac has live music all evening long! The bands play crowdpleasers (both Christmas music and pop), and the crowd all sings and dances along!

Zrinjevac
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Christmas market with live music every December!
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Get dinner at Park Josipa Jurja Strossmayera. There's a good mix of Croatian, Italian, Asian, and more, so everyone can get what they want. I got bao buns at **** and loved them, so head there if you're craving Chinese food! 

Park Josipa Jurja Strossmayera
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One of a series of public parks. Holds a good food-focused Christmas market in December!
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Trg Kralja Tomislava holds an ice rink! On opening night, they do a fun skating performance complete with costumes and props, set to songs about Zagreb! 

Trg Kralja Tomislava
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Beautiful park lined with historic buildings.
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There's another smaller one towards the Cathedral, in Park Međunarodnoga Priznanja. It mostly offers booths with drinks & small bites, and a few souvenir options. 

Park međunarodnoga priznanja Republike Hrvatske
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Just off the main square, it has a Christmas market in winter with a mix of food & drink booths with a few souvenir stalls.
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Great decor corners

There are plenty of areas with great decor that aren’t part of a market! Here are a few of my favorites:

Use the Nikola Tesla statue as a landmark for this cute corner!

Nikola Tesla Monument
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Small square with good decor at Christmas.
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They set up a big tree in front of St. Mark’s church!

St. Mark's Church
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Iconic church in Zagreb. At least see the exterior for the roof! Free to enter, and you can climb the tower for a view of the city for a fee.
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This little covered pathway is all decked out, and leads to a festive Hendrick’s bar tucked into the bottom of the hill.

Prolaz - Lovački Rog
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Cut through with gorgeous decor for Christmas!
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Amelie sets up a super festive heated patio too!

Amélie
@teaspoonofnose
Great coffee and cake spot if you’re looking for a breakfast treat!
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There's a Christmas tree inside the Oktogon too! 

Oktogon
@teaspoonofnose
Galleria = old school gorgeous mall. It's small, but beautiful!
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Need more information? Always check the official website for the latest updates! 

If this was helpful, check out my other Christmas market guides!

Want more travel tips? This is just a taste of what I can offer you! Check my bio for all my guides. You can also reach out so I can make you a custom trip list or a daily itinerary! Grab all the details in my bio. 

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🇭🇷 Croatian Christmas Markets: Zagreb 🇭🇷
Zagreb Christmas markets quickly became some of my favorites! It’s the perfect mix of a beautiful small city packed with festive markets and decor. This guide has what you need to find all the best parts of the Zagreb Christmas markets: where they are, what they offer, and what sets Zagreb apart from other cities’ Christmas markets. ✨ This free guide will also give you a taste of what all my Christmas market guides offer! Check it out if you're on the fence about buying one. ✨ In this guide, you'll get: - dates & locations for the markets - themes, of what to look for at each one - additional areas or shops that have great decorations - specialty foods to try - hotel suggestions at varying price points
15 Places • ago
Free

Zagreb hits the sweet spot of a small city Christmas market: its small enough to explore in a day, but decorated to the nines and perfect for a festive market experience!

It's one of the best cities for decoration I've seen, and the whole place feels like a step back in time. 

I have a separate Zagreb guide focused on the city's sights and restaurants, so grab that as well to round out your time! 

Zagreb Christmas Market Specialties

The best thing about Zagreb Christmas markets is that they create a party atmosphere. All the markets have plenty of decoration and an emphasis on space for decor and mingling, rather than cramming as many market stalls into every corner. There's a ton of live music on the weekends, full of people singing along and enjoying themselves.

There are fewer stalls selling souvenirs or goodies, with a bigger emphasis on food & drink. This adds to the feel that everyone's there to enjoy themselves, not just buy stuff. 

Foods to Try

In addition to the usual favorites, here are a few things to try at the Zagreb markets! 

🍖 cepavi: ground meat shaped around a stick and grilled! It's found throughout the Balkans, and delicious! 

🥟 Asian food: Hear me out. It's not Croatian, but I loved having the option to mix it up! 

🍩 fritule: fried dough balls topped with powdered sugar and chocolate! The best way to finish up any meal.

Logistics 

📆 2023 dates: 

December 2 - January 7th 

⏰ Hours:

No overall opening, but most are open by 2 pm and close around 9 pm

How much time do you need?

You can pretty easily see the Zagreb Christmas markets in one day, because the city isn't big. I'd recommend spending a night to enjoy them after dark, and give yourself time to see more of Zagreb itself! 

Getting around

Everything is easily walkable! But the city does have old school trams that run through the city center. 

Hotels

These are ordered loosely cheapest to most expensive, but can vary depending on demand, weekday/weekend, or neighborhood. 

Apartments Downtown
@teaspoonofnose
A great budget option that doesn’t feel budget! Efficiency apartments in a good location.
Add to
Details
B&B Sky
@teaspoonofnose
Great modern hotel option right on the main square!
Add to
Details
Zagreb Sleep & Eat
@teaspoonofnose
Perfect for apartment style accommodation! It also has parking, making it great if you’re road tripping.
Add to
Details
Hotel Dubrovnik
@teaspoonofnose
Good higher-end hotel option right on the main city square. Has an especially good breakfast!
Add to
Details
Met Boutique Hotel
@teaspoonofnose
Good splurge option in Zagreb! The building is elegant and modern, with everything you need!
Add to
Details

Zagreb Christmas Market Locations

Zagreb is a small enough city that it's not helpful to break them down into major and minor markets - they're all close together, and easily doable in a day!

The biggest Christmas market in Zagreb. You'll find a mix of decorations, festive corners, and food & drink stalls.

Ban Jelačić Square
@teaspoonofnose
The main square of Zagreb! You'll pass through here every day exploring the city.
Add to
Details

Park Zrinjevac has live music all evening long! The bands play crowdpleasers (both Christmas music and pop), and the crowd all sings and dances along!

Zrinjevac
@teaspoonofnose
Christmas market with live music every December!
Add to
Details

Get dinner at Park Josipa Jurja Strossmayera. There's a good mix of Croatian, Italian, Asian, and more, so everyone can get what they want. I got bao buns at **** and loved them, so head there if you're craving Chinese food! 

Park Josipa Jurja Strossmayera
@teaspoonofnose
One of a series of public parks. Holds a good food-focused Christmas market in December!
Add to
Details

Trg Kralja Tomislava holds an ice rink! On opening night, they do a fun skating performance complete with costumes and props, set to songs about Zagreb! 

Trg Kralja Tomislava
@teaspoonofnose
Beautiful park lined with historic buildings.
Add to
Details

There's another smaller one towards the Cathedral, in Park Međunarodnoga Priznanja. It mostly offers booths with drinks & small bites, and a few souvenir options. 

Park međunarodnoga priznanja Republike Hrvatske
@teaspoonofnose
Just off the main square, it has a Christmas market in winter with a mix of food & drink booths with a few souvenir stalls.
Add to
Details

Great decor corners

There are plenty of areas with great decor that aren’t part of a market! Here are a few of my favorites:

Use the Nikola Tesla statue as a landmark for this cute corner!

Nikola Tesla Monument
@teaspoonofnose
Small square with good decor at Christmas.
Add to
Details

They set up a big tree in front of St. Mark’s church!

St. Mark's Church
@teaspoonofnose
Iconic church in Zagreb. At least see the exterior for the roof! Free to enter, and you can climb the tower for a view of the city for a fee.
Add to
Details

This little covered pathway is all decked out, and leads to a festive Hendrick’s bar tucked into the bottom of the hill.

Prolaz - Lovački Rog
@teaspoonofnose
Cut through with gorgeous decor for Christmas!
Add to
Details

Amelie sets up a super festive heated patio too!

Amélie
@teaspoonofnose
Great coffee and cake spot if you’re looking for a breakfast treat!
Add to
Details

There's a Christmas tree inside the Oktogon too! 

Oktogon
@teaspoonofnose
Galleria = old school gorgeous mall. It's small, but beautiful!
Add to
Details

Need more information? Always check the official website for the latest updates! 

If this was helpful, check out my other Christmas market guides!

Want more travel tips? This is just a taste of what I can offer you! Check my bio for all my guides. You can also reach out so I can make you a custom trip list or a daily itinerary! Grab all the details in my bio. 

* * *
CURATED BY
Amateur Italian, travel advisor, and adventurous eater! I’m a travel creative living in small town northern Italy, and I've been planning travel for over 15 years. I've lived on three continents and visited over 40 countries, so I'm passionate about helping travelers experience the best of a location, no matter where! I love both/and travel: I want to see the big sights AND the local hangouts, the big cities AND the small towns. I’d love to help you do it too! If you’re going to Rome for the first time, you don’t need me to tell you to see the Colosseum. But you might want me to tell you if it’s better as a guided tour or on your own, what add-on’s are worth the money, and what are the extra secret things your ticket can get you! My favorite part of travel is eating well: finding the local haunts, tasting a new wine, and trying the local dishes. Amazing food doesn't have to be expensive: sometimes the best of a place is in the street food! But if it is a splurge, I'll make sure it's worth every penny. I'd love to work with you to create the trip of your dreams!
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