The Croatian capital has beaten off the likes of London, Vienna, Berlin, Stockholm, Strasbourg, Brussels, Manchester and Nürnberg to be voted the ‘Best European Christmas Market’ by travellers on portal European Best Destinations.
Every year the Christmas programme in the Croatian capital has got better and better, earning the city a nomination among 20 European cities this year. Voting has ended and it was Zagreb who received the most number of votes from travellers. A total of 101,703 votes from 176 countries were received, with Zagreb getting over 30,000 of them.
The centre stages, featuring a diverse musical programme, will be in Zagreb’s main square of Ban Josip Jelačić and the nearby Zrinjevac Park. From November 28th until the beginning of January, Zagreb’s most beautiful park will also feature dance events, while traditional delicacies as well as original gifts and local souvenirs typical of Zagreb will be on sale at numerous stands aligning the park promenade. The traditional Christmas Fair will take place during Advent in the streets surrounding the Jelačić Square, and the young ones can take a ride in the Jolly Christmas Tram with Santa Clause, fairies, elves and many other cheerful characters. All the visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the somewhat-forgotten specialties of Zagreb, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or mulled wine, or buy unique souvenirs and Christmas decorations for their loved ones – is how the Croatian capital was described to voters.