December holds the title of the most magical month of the year for a reason and is celebrated throughout Croatia with month-long events in the main city squares.
A big holiday spectacle awaits us again this year in Karlovac, where, for the third time in a row, “The magic of Encounters” will be held from December 14 to December 30.
As many as 500 participants will take part in the program and it will be the biggest Advent so far held in Karlovac. Advent in Karlovac was visited by over 50 thousand people last year, and this year they are ready to break that record!
To find out if this can really happen, we explored what awaits us during the 17 days of Christmas Magic in Karlovac!
It all starts with a spectacular Advent Race on December 14!
The first day of Advent in Karlovac will begin active – with a unique, 3 kilometres long Advent Race in the centre of the city, with 400 runners from Croatia and abroad participating.
All of them will have a custom made Christmas hats which will make this race especially fun. A Children’s race is organized on the same day so the youngest can also be a part of the holiday run. Come support them – or join them!
Location: Edison Cinema
Christmas Village and warm holiday atmosphere
The biggest news of this year’s Advent in Karlovac is the Christmas Village, which includes the House of Santa Claus! Youngest will definitely enjoy the House but adults as well – because everyone wants to see the place where Santa Claus lives.
The Christmas Village will be full of activities such as storytelling, children`s plays, creative workshops, numerous animations, children’s choir performances and magician performances.
The youngest will be entertained by Leo Mraz, Knjiguljica, Margareta Perišić and various programs by the Ivan Goran Kovačić City Library. Baka Klimalić, Clown Blento and the popular Croatian YouTuber “Magic Leon” are in charge of the performances and magic shows. The children’s program will also include theatre plays by “Poco Loco Theater” and Zagreb’s “Animino”.
Location: Music Pavilion and Park near the Lopašić Monument
Various musical performances during December!
Advent in Karlovac traditionally offers great music performances, and this year there will be something for everyone’s ear.
Famous Croatian music stars will come to the stage in Karlovac – Mia Dimšić, TBF, Opća Opasnost, Silente, Nipplepeople, Edo Maajka, Letu Štuke, Klapa Cambi, Singrlice, Flyer, Gospodari Tambura, Fantom Slobode (Azra tribute band), Bang Bang and others.
Besides popular music, there will also be performances by choirs, musicians from the Karlovac Music School, various orchestras, acoustic ensembles, folk ensembles, dance performances and others.
Location: Music Pavilion
The scents and tastes …
The holiday season is unimaginable without the scents and tastes of traditional cuisine we all love.
Enjoy mulled wine, sausages, fritule/fritters and traditional or innovative dishes that will only be available during the Advent. We can’t wait to taste what they have prepared for us!
Opening of the Ice Skating Rink
Good news for children and all ice skating enthusiasts: the Ice skating rink in Karlovac opens this year on December 6. Visit the ice skating rink and enjoy the festive season to the full!
The traditional program will bring together performers from Karlovac County and beyond.
Go and see them from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Music Pavilion. See the full list HERE and find your favourite ones!
Location: Music Pavilion
It’s also important to help others!
Humanitarian action is once again a part of Advent in Karlovac because this is the time of the year when we try to help those in need even more.
This year, the “Jak kao Jakov” association will raise funds by selling souvenirs with the help of the volunteers. Well done for the humanity of hard-working volunteers and organizers, so make sure to support them.
„Advent and Christmas in the Star“
„Advent and Christmas in the Star” is the name of a manifestation in the star-shaped old town of Karlovac containing various events appropriate to the true spirit of Christmas. The programme is fully organized by the Franciscan Friars of Karlovac.
The event consists of:
* Advent evenings in the Karlovac Star
* Bethlehem on Ban Josip Jelačić Square
* Christmas concerts
* Live Nativity
* St. Nicholas in the Karlovac Star
* Different workshops
The spectacle comes last – New Year’s Eve Celebration!
New Year’s Eve celebration is the crown of this year’s Advent and will traditionally take place at the Music Pavilion.
Come and party to timeless hits from the 90’s performed by Minea, Ivana Banfić, Ella and DJ Xxxtended. It will be a night to remember!
Bring your friends, some champagne/wine and enjoy the midnight fireworks in Karlovac.
The magic of Encounters can begin – see you at Advent in Karlovac!
The event will take place every day from 5 pm until 11 pm, while on weekends, visitors will enjoy the program and delicacies from 4 pm until midnight.