With the end of November, we all begin to feel the holiday atmosphere and the oncoming of Christmas. The scenes we instinctively attach to these feelings are snow and whiteness. However, this year, you could experience the holiday atmosphere and Advent with a slight twist. Imagine a beautiful house with a spacious living room, a fire burning in a fireplace, family and friends together, and outside… No, the wind does not carry snowflakes but sea drops! And all-night decorative lighting is ensured by the reflection of stars in the sea.
At the same time, you can enjoy varied programs and events in many coastal places. Read what some of the cities have to offer you as their winter magic.
Winter Joys – Advent in Split
This year’s Winter Joys in Split will take place from the 30th of November till the 02nd of January of 2020. As usual, you will be able to enjoy a variety of amenities in several areas in the city. Marmont Street, Djardin (Strossmayer’s Park), Theatre Square (Gaje Bulata Square), the inevitable Riva, Pjaca and Split 3 will be completely transformed to give us an authentic winter experience. Amenities will be numerous, and you will undoubtedly be able to find some souvenirs for those who are not with you.
The day and night music will be varied so that everyone will be able to find something for themselves. Choose from classical and spiritual performances (International Choir Festival Cro Patria 2019, Croatian National Theater Choir and Orchestra, church choirs), klapa (traditional vocal group) nights, pop and rock artists, retro dancing events, karaoke and more. Special treats will be the Christmas Concert of Tedi Spalato and a New Year’s Eve party with Tomislav Bralić & Klapa Intrade and Jelena Rozga.
This year’s Split winter magic also brings a unique gastronomic program with an emphasis on traditional flavours. You should not miss the pleasure of trying the classic winter, salty and sweet delicacies in little holiday cottages on the Riva and in Djardin.
Children’s Advent in Split
And children will have their winter magic. Whole Marmont Street will be reserved only for traditional games, dance animations and street entertainers. There will be placed a winter park with an ice-skating rink in Djardin Park. On the weekends, children will enjoy music and drama, dance performances, gifts and burning Advent candles. In Split 3 you can join Christmas decorations workshops and take part in a special children’s programs on St. Nicholas, St. Lucia and Christmas Eve.
A Magical Winter in Dubrovnik
From the 30th of November till the 01st of January of 2020, the beautiful scenery of Dubrovnik’s Old Town will transform into a fairy-tale spot lit up with thousands of lights. The traditional Christmas Fair on Stradun will offer you a variety of sweet and savoury delicacies accompanied by cooked wine and music. Of course, you’ll also find plenty of traditional handicrafts and souvenirs.
Throughout December, you will be able to enjoy a rich cultural and music program. We especially recommend the ballet The Nutcracker performed by Ukrainian Classical Ballet and a concert at noon on Christmas Eve in front of the Church of St. Blaise. You will have the opportunity to hear the traditional local holiday carol – the Dubrovnik Kolenda, performed by the Folklore Ensemble Lindjo.
For gourmets, we recommend arriving the week before Christmas. You will be able to try cod prepared in the traditional way, as well as some more modern variants, as part of the Cod’s Days.
After the children’s (at 11 o’clock) and classic New Year’s Eve in the open air, more enjoyment awaits you on the first day of the new year. At noon on Stradun the concert of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra begins. With the sounds of opera tunes, the atmosphere will be complemented by an abundance of oysters and sparkling wine. What a great start to the year!
Advent in Sibenik – Adventura 2019
From the 6th of December till the 1st of January of 2020, you can also enjoy various activities and a Christmas atmosphere in Sibenik. The emphasis is on music, so you will be able to enjoy a variety of concerts at Parkic and Mala Loza locations. New Year’s Eve is organized on the square in front of the County building as well. A special treat awaits you on the first night of the new year – the Abba Real Tribute Band will bring back the older ones to their youth and discover the new music world for the younger ones.
Fritulada might be especially interesting to you. There will be a competition in making this traditional Dalmatian dessert in the week before Christmas. In addition to this particular pleasure in fitulas (kind of fritters), you will have the opportunity to try the salty and sweet delicacies in the Parkic throughout the Adventura.
Of course, Sibenik will have aa ice-skating rink for all who enjoy skating as well as those who dare to try it for the first time.
Advent on the Adriatic
In addition to these cities, you can enjoy special winter and Advent events and customs throughout the Adriatic coast and islands. If you come to Zadar, you will find concerts, workshops, children’s facilities, ice skating rink, convenient gastronomic offer and more. Opatija is also preparing a rich Advent program. Music and stage performances, creative workshops and performances for the youngest, mulled wine and high-end warm chocolate are just a few of the things you’ll experience. In Pula, both grownups and kids will have the opportunity to enjoy many activities. Merry and in the Christmas spirit will also be in Makarska and Rijeka. If you enjoy discovering traditional customs, opt for one of the islands.
One thing is for sure – if you have not been to the Croatian sea during the winter holidays, the atmosphere and customs will delight you. If you would like help choosing a destination, please let us know.
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