Advent in Osijek (2017)


During Advent, Christmas and New Year visit Osijek and the largest Advent Market in east Croatia located in the city’s main square. There will be an ice-skating ring, rich entertainment program for all generations and around 50 huts with arts and crafts products as well as a wide selection of food and drink such as grilled sausages and mulled wine to keep you warm.

In the nearby Esseker Centar shopping mall, the now traditional wine festival WineOs will take place, around the day of St. Nicholas the “Biker Santas” will visit the square and give presents to the young ones, and the Christmas tram will drive thru the city streets bringing cheer to kids and all, especially around the holidays still feel that way!

To top all that, the Croatian National Theatre (HNK) will bring us the “most Christmas play of all”, the Nutcracker ballet and at the end of December they will cheer us up once again with the “breath of Vienna in Osijek” and the New Year’s gala concert.

Advent and Christmas market in Osijek will feel like it was made just for you, your friends and family. Surrounded by glittering lights, scent of Christmas trees, mulled wine and… it will be the Christmas you have long been dreaming of… So stay a day longer and dance into the New Year with hundreds of locals in the main square, with a glass of sparkling wine and everyone’s favourite waltz “On the beautiful blue Danube”.


01.-31.12, Advent in Osijek (Advent u Osijeku), Advent and Christmas market in the main square. More information:

27.11-31.12, Christmas tram (Božićni tramvaj), cheerful tram with entertainment for children, Santa Clause and his elves, decorated with 30.000 twinkling lights. Take a ride in the Christmas tram and see the children’s theatre show with Father Christmas giving presents at the end station in the main square. More information:

01.12, Lantern festival (Lampioniada), kids from Osijek’s elementary schools will show us their paper lanterns in the Museum of Slavonia and in a procession thru the city streets

02.12, Biker Santas (Motomrazovi), like every year before the day of St. Nicholas Santa Clauses on motorcycles bring presents to kids in the main square. More information:

01.-02.12, WineOs, wine, delicatessen and fine living festival. Near the main square in the Esseker Shopping mall taste the best wines from the Croatian Danube region, other parts of Croatia and neighbouring countries. More information:

31.12, New Year’s Eve, on the last day of the year see, or join, the “Osijek’s seal” as he and his friends take a bath in the usually frozen Drava river in the Winter-port in city centre. In the evening, join the concert in the main square dance into the New Year!