Advent by the sea

Advent in Opatija

November 2020 – January 2021

Enjoy an enchanting Advent season amongst Habsburg-era villas, in a mild climate by the sea. Decorated in Christmas lights, Opatija’s  streets and squares are like a magical fairytale come to life. Highlights include an ice skating rink, Christmas markets, music and theatre at various venues and streets filled with the sounds of Christmas carols. Warm yourself with mulled wine and hot chocolate as you get into the festive spirit.

Full Opatija Advent program here.

Why You Should Visit Opatija during Advent

Advent season in Opatija is very special. Visitors to Opatija will delight in various culinary specialities of the season, mulled wines, traditional Christmas cakes and more. Come and celebrate Christmas and New Year by the seaside in Opatija.

Advent in Opatija

The most magical time of the year is just around the corner. The streets are beautifully decorated with colourful lights and Christmas trees, filling onlookers’ hearts with joy and peace as the countdown to Christmas and the New Year begins.

Romantic settings and scents of the season

The Advent-lit streets and squares give the already-charming Opatija, with its Habsburg-era villas, a heightened romantic and cosy vibe at this time of year. You’ll also be greeted by the warming aromas of hot tea, freshly brewed coffee, aromatic chocolate and mulled wines emanating from the city’s Vienna-inspired cafes.

Advent hotspots

During the Advent season in Opatija, you’ll find a wide variety of entertainment around town. The Juraj Šporer Arts Pavillion and the town’s famous parks host numerous musical performances. The Open Air Theatre transforms into a winter stage and ice skating rink. Weekly programmes take place in front of the market hall. Sveti Jakov Park hosts after-work parties on Friday nights. And don’t forget the Chocolate Festival– an entire weekend of events and attractions dedicated to chocolate lovers of all ages.