From 25th November 2022 to 8th January 2023
Christmas Fairy tale in Opatija
Winter always brings a special, romantic atmosphere to Opatija – when snowflakes start to dance above the sea, there's an aroma of sweet delicacies, hot tea and mulled wine wafting in the air, and the town's streets and parks host live music performances and other interesting programmes for all ages.
Enjoy a fascinating Advent by the sea in the festive atmosphere of Opatija. Stroll through the beautifully decorated town and spend an unforgettable Christmas holiday.
Luxuriously decorated streets and squares, an ice skating rink, and various musical and theatrical performances at numerous magnificent locations are just a small part of the enchanting Advent in Opatija programme. The sound of Christmas carols can be heard all around, and the delightful scents of mulled wine and hot chocolate guarantee a truly memorable experience for all visitors. A festive atmosphere, mild winter climate and the closeness of the sea together make the perfect recipe for the Advent of your dreams.
Just like a beautiful festive picture book, Opatija will connect all these experiences and offer a fantastic festive atmosphere by day and great visual attractions by night. Splendid Christmas decorations transforms St. James’ Park and the famous Angiolina Park into a popular backdrop for holiday photographs.
Giant figures of the Nutcracker, glittering gifts, illuminated century-old cypresses and many other unique decorations will be perfect companions for a walk through the heart of the town that will remind you of a kingdom from children’s imagination this winter. Exhibition of classic dresses made exclusively from the natural materials of Opatija’s parks and the exhibition dedicated to Nutcrackers, unique artistic figures have become a trademark of Opatija’s Advent.
Opatija's Open Air Theatre, which is often referred to as the most attractive open-air stage in the Mediterranean, will be transformed into an ice skating rink surrounded by stands and offering evening programmes at the weekends as part of the 'Ice Magic' event.
The Advent in Opatija programme also includes the Chocolate Festival, which this year takes place on the first weekend in December. During the festival, visitors will have the opportunity to admire and sample spectacular chocolate creations by the best European chocolatiers, take part in various workshops, and enjoy a variety of interesting programmes.
Best hotels for Christmas
Hotel Ambasador ★★★★★
Set just above the coastline promenade in Opatija
Free access to its Wellness & Spa
Hotel Milenij ★★★★★
Centrally situated in trendy Opatija.
Opatija’s most beautiful views of Kvarner Bay
Hotel Palace Bellevue ★★★★
Ideally set along the main street facing the sea
Indoor pool with heated sea water
Hotel Sveti Jakov ★★★★★
Situated in the centre of Opatija.
International cuisine, Italian specialities and fine wines.
Christmas in Opatija
Top things to do
for Christmas in Opatija
Christmas Fairy tale in Angiolina and St. James Park
Giant figures of the Nutcracker, glittering gifts, illuminated century-old cypresses and many other unique decorations will be perfect companions for a walk through the heart of the town that will remind you of a kingdom from children’s imagination this winter. Especially interesting is the exhibition of classic dresses made exclusively from the natural materials of Opatija’s parks and the exhibition dedicated to Nutcrackers, unique artistic figures that have become a trademark of Opatija’s Advent.
Just like a beautiful festive picture book, Opatija will connect all Christmas experiences and offer a fantastic festive atmosphere by day and great visual attractions by night. The splendid Christmas decorations transform St. James’ Park and the famous Angiolina Park into a popular backdrop for holiday photographs. Charming tiny Christmas houses in front of Šporer Art Pavillion offer a variety of typical Christmas food and excellent mulled wine.
Opatija Chocolate Festival
On the sweetest weekend of the year, the first weekend in December, chocolate lovers have the opportunity to enjoy the fantastic flavours of chocolate desserts in one place. Opatija’s Chocolate Festival offers a wide range of delicious chocolate specialities that will surely delight you. Take in the intoxicating chocolate scents wafting through the air and indulge in fantastic chocolate specialities!
Ice Magic - Skating Rink at the Open Air Theatre
Every December and January, the event called "Ice Magic" turns Opatija's Open Air Theatre into an idyllic winter resort where visitors can experience the true festive spirit and children but also grown up can enjoy ice skateing just a few steps from the sea. Beautiful Christmas fair, with rustic wooden kiosks offering mulled wine and sausages, traditional sweets and hot chocolate while the scent of cinnamon and cloves fills the air.
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