Christmas is just around the corner and many cities from all over the world are getting into the festivities. For many countries with four seasons, the ground is covered in white snow, while colorful lights are hung up to light up the dark night skies.

Zagreb has once again managed to clinch the title of the best Christmas Market in Europe for the third year running. This title is awarded by European Best Destinations polls, where people from all over the world participated and voted for Zagreb.

Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and is a city that is brimming with culture, music, the arts, extraordinary food, and architecture.

The best of it all? You can enjoy all of these at an affordable price. It is no surprise that the number of travelers visiting Zagreb has increased over the past few years. Aside from Croatia's popular coastal cities, Zagreb has become a city that lures tourists in its own right.

Why Zagreb?

So, what is it that makes Zagreb the best Christmas Market in Europe? It has got to be its 20-day advent scenes. The advent program in Zagreb's Christmas markets are packed with various events, concerts of dances and songs, delicious and wondrous food marquees, as well as programs that cater to the little ones.

Christmas Markets

One should definitely not miss Ban Josip Jelačić Square, a huge main square in the city of Zagreb, where Christmas lightings are put up all over the place.

The festivities are celebrated through music and performances on an open-air stage. Another highlight of the square is the large Christmas tree. The fountain that stands in the square is also transformed into a beautiful light display. One definitely does not need to worry about the cold winter air as heated conservatories are in place for people to feast through the night!

At Zrinjevac Park, lighted lanterns are hung on all the surrounding trees and the beautiful lights turn the pavilion into a glittery castle. Stalls selling a wide selection of Christmas souvenirs, artworks, and food and beverages abound the park. The markets open till late for those who wish to get their last minute Christmas shopping done!

One should also try Zagreb's baked štrukle, which is a baked pastry oozing with soft cheese. Of course, the usual mulled wine and hot chocolate are available for a jolly good time. At King Tomislav Square, you can skate to your heart's content at the ice rink.

It will definitely be a memorable Christmas in Croatia. So what are you waiting for? Pick up your credit cards and start booking the next flight out to join in the festivities in Zagreb.