Situated on the Kvarner Gulf, Opatija is a well- known Croatian summer destination and a prime example of an all year round lively coastal town. Even though you can’t really take a dip in the sea this time of year, there is something special in spending your Christmas by the seaside.




Chocolate Festival

Friday 1st December – Sunday 3rd December 2017

You can’t really imagine winter holidays without chocolate, can you? It comes in all shapes and sizes, from cakes, biscuits and sweets to hot chocolate drinks and cocktails. Opatija Chocolate Festival brings the love for chocolate to a whole new level with three full days of chocolate festivities. A shouldn’t miss event for all chocolate lovers with chocolate exhibits and tastings, children’s work- shops and shows, sweet markets and more held at the Art Pavilion Juraj Šporer, Villa Angiolina and in many other hotels, restaurants, wellness centres and cafés all across Opatija Riviera.


Chocolate Magic

Chocolate specialities exhibits and chocolate tasting

Friday, 1st December 2pm – 9pm

Saturday, 2nd December 9am – 9pm

Sunday, 3rd December 9am – 7pm


Sweet Market

Saturday, 2nd December 10 am – 8pm

Sunday, 3rd December 10:30am – 5pm


Choco Advent at Juraj Šporer Arts Pavilion

Friday, 1st December 12:00 noon – 10pm

Saturday, 2nd December 10am – 10pm

Sunday, 3rd December 10am – 10pm


The Nutcracker’s House

Entertainment for children including shows and work-shops

Friday, 1st December 4pm – 7pm

Saturday, 2nd December 10am – 7pm

Sunday, 3rd December 10am – 7pm


Advent at Juraj Šporer Arts Pavilion

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During the festive season, the front of the Arts Pavilion is decorated in the Holiday Spirit and turns into a beautiful winter garden overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Children will have a blast in the mornings with fun activities and entertainment organised just for them. Jazz, pop and rock concerts will be held at the venue in the afternoons and evenings, and there will be a broad choice of fast food and hot beverages for visitors to enduldge in. We recommend you try the mulled wine as it is a staple drink of the season which will warm you up in no time.




Ice Skating Rink and Christmas Fair

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An ice skating rink a stone’s throw away from the sea isn’t something you see every day but for a short period of time during winter months, Opatija offers just that. All around the ice skating rink you will find little rustic houses selling traditional Christmas snacks and sweets, hot and cold beverages, souvenirs and more with the sounds of Christmas songs playing in the background.



Advent at the Market

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Christmas markets bring joy to all generations and are just the thing to put you in the holiday spirit. Opatija town’s Christmas Market offers more than just delicious food and drinks, concerts and shows for the little ones. It stands out for its unique offer of souvenirs and gifts handmade by local artists. Bring home something special which will always remind you of the great time you had in Opatija.




Read more about Advent in Opatija here.