Have you ever wonder what a Christmas house made of pop bottles would look like or stand actually inside it. The glass structures are something to see as it brings out the imagination of Ice world created in the old city of Osijek. They have done an incredible job using Coca-Cola’s iconic small glass bottles to construct three massive structure: Christmas tree, Glass house and the famous pedestrian bridge (Croatian Pješački most).
One thing that has grabbed a lot of attention is the glass-bottle Christmas tree beside the main stage. The structure stands almost stands two stories high, being one of the center pieces of the displays. When the lights are on the tree is at night the glass bottles become illuminated acting like a beacon. There is always someone waiting to snap a picture standing beside the iconic Coca-Colas glass bottle structures. This is one of the three sculpture that has really impressed the crowd this year.
The Christmas glass house sits in the other corner of square beside the Farris wheel, Carousel, and the swing ride. It really captures children’s imagination going inside the house. The floor is covered with red carpet and a chair that feels like a thrown. There is that magic feeling that at any second Santa Clause would walk in to sit on the chair. The naturally light flows through the glass bottles during the day and is incredible to see at night.
The most iconic pedestrian bridge in Osijek is “Most mladosti’’ there is many pictures each year taken of it by locals and tourists. It is one of the symbols of Osijek and crosses the river Drava. Tvrđa Advent has paid tribute by creating a miniature version. With numerous bottles made in creating it and preforming really suspension bridge is incredible. The amount of planning and making sure the bridge looks similar to the suspension bridge has taken many hours from concept to construction. They have used a little bit of re-enforcement with the framing made of wood for the structure to be sound (The bridge is not something to walk on of course with signs posted.)At night it looks like ice sparkling ice shining through the bridge. They went into lots of detail making it look as real as possible with lights carefully placed in and around the bridge.
Advent in Tvrđa has gotten pretty creative this year with one of sponsors Coca-Cola going all out. It is great to see many enjoying themselves and having a great time in Osijek largest advent this year. The music line-up has been a hit with the talent ranging in different styles from Classical Jazz, Christmas carols and some well-known artist. The most noticeable is the glass pop bottle from Coca-Cola especially when they are illuminated at night. When walking around the square one gets the feeling that you get is you have just entered the North Pole Village.
The amount of people coming by to see Advent in the old city Tvrđa has been great. With this year being a record turn-out. If you have not been Osijek to see Advent in Tvrđa, than you’re missing out on some incredible displays and great atmosphere. Whether it be with friends of family or even a date-nite Osijek is the place to be.