Festive December in Ljubljana

As December approaches, the charming city of Ljubljana transforms into a winter wonderland, bathed in the warm glow of festive lights and filled with a sense of holiday magic. This year Ljubljana promises an enchanting array of events, holiday markets and seasonal activities that will surely make your visit unforgettable. Let’s dive into the holiday spirit and discover what makes Advent Ljubljana 2023 a must-visit destination.

Festive lights

Ljubljana’s festive season is characterized by its enchanting display of lights. The city’s historic center comes alive with a dazzling array of holiday decorations, creating a picturesque and cozy atmosphere. The famous Ljubljana Castle is beautifully illuminated, casting a warm and inviting glow over the city. Embark on a delightful journey along the Ljubljanica River, where charming bridges and quaint streets twinkle with festive lights, creating a scene straight out of a fairy tale. The enchanting lights, unveiled on December 1st, mark the beginning of a month-long celebration that turns Ljubljana into a magical holiday haven.

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Christmas markets

No festive season is complete without exploring the local holiday markets and Ljubljana offers some of the most delightful ones in Europe. The central Prešeren Square transforms into a festive market where you can shop for unique gifts, handcrafted ornaments, and traditional Slovenian treats. Don’t forget to indulge in the mouth watering aroma of roasted chestnuts and mulled wine, known as “kuhano vino” in Slovenian, to warm you from the inside.

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Festive open-air events

The festive spirit extends beyond the chilly temperatures, as the city’s streets come alive with vibrant open-air events. Throughout the month, public squares in the city center come alive with music concerts and a variety of family-friendly entertainment, making it a delightful experience for visitors of all ages. As you stroll through the bustling streets, you’ll discover a wealth of open-air activities, from live music performances to cultural displays that capture the holiday spirit.

Ice Skating

This holiday season, glide above Ljubljana at the top of Aleja shopping center. It’s the perfect way to embrace the winter spirit, especially if you’re visiting with family or friends. The Aleja shopping center will once again set up an ice skating rink on the Aleja Sky roof. All skating enthusiasts will have the opportunity to glide in this little paradise above the city on a fairytale-adorned ice rink and also admire the view of the surroundings.


New Year's Eve

The grand finale of this month-long celebration is the eagerly anticipated New Year’s Eve festivities, which unfold in Ljubljana’s centrally-located public squares. The city hosts a spectacular fireworks display that lights up the night sky over the Ljubljana Castle. Join the locals and visitors in a lively countdown, and celebrate the arrival of the new year with music, dancing, and the infectious spirit of hope and anticipation.

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