New Year’s Eve Celebration in Zagreb


Zagreb is one of Croatia’s most popular destinations for New Year Eve’s celebrations. The city has a long tradition of open-air concerts and parties until the early morning hours to usher in the new year. The main party is held on Ban Josip Jelačić Square, where the program begins at 11 am with a New Year’s Party for kids. In the evening, the central square welcomes popular Croatian pop and rock performers who entertain the crowds on a large open-air stage. The festivities culminate with the countdown and spectacular fireworks at midnight, followed by DJ performances at several locations in the city center.

The largest parties are held on Ban Jelačić Square, European Square, in Zrinjevac Park and at the Ice Park on King Tomislav Square, where pop, rock, RnB, funk and dance hits can be heard long after midnight. European Square turns into an open-air dance club, while the Ice Park offers a particularly unique experience, inviting visitors to greet 2019 while skating under the stars. Many locals get the ticket for the Zagreb 360° observation deck, which offers an excellent view of the main square, the Zagreb Cathedral, and many other landmarks in the Upper and Lower Town, and is a great spot for watching the fireworks at midnight.

Visitors looking to stay indoors have an endless number of option to choose from, as many bars, restaurants, hotels and even some theatres in the city center throw their own New Year’s party each year.

Winter holidays in Zagreb

Zagreb is one of Europe’s top destinations during the Advent season, with an exceptionally rich and diverse offering of live entertainment, outdoor events, workshops and programs for children held at numerous locations across the city. The holiday lights go up in late November and the festivities last well into the first week of January, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to experience Zagreb in a different light and enjoy a wealth of cultural and entertainment events at some of the city’s most popular locations. The Strossmayer Promenade, Zrinjevac Park and the Ice Park on King Tomislav Square draw huge crowds each year with live music, creative workshops and various programs for kids, while the Advent huts set up at several locations in the city center offer visitors delicious refreshments, mulled wine, traditional delicacies and a large selection of handicrafts and souvenirs.

Accommodation in Zagreb

Travellers arriving to Zagreb in time for the New Year’s festivities can book their stay at the Hotel Jadran. The charming city center B&B hotel is situated a short walk from the Zagreb Cathedral and Ban Jelačić Square, and makes an excellent starting point for discovering the city’s main landmarks, and many popular restaurants and bars during the holiday season. The hotel offers accommodation in modern, comfortable rooms, a delicious buffet breakfast, friendly service, and a range of special offers and tailor-made city tour packages for guests looking to explore the city’s history, culture and many unique attractions.

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