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In Ljubljana, we have already jumped into the festive December on Friday by turning on the Christmas lights all around the city. The month of December is one of the most festive months of the year when cities all around Slovenia get illuminated, you can smell mulled wine and hot cocoa on the streets and multiple cultural events take place. If you have a family check out the following list of events especially interesting for the children.

This Merry Day of Culture

This Merry Day of CultureWhen: 03. 12. 2019

Where: all around Slovenia

What: France Prešeren, one of the greatest Slovenian poets, has been born on December 3rd and for that reason, entrance to the majority of museums, galleries, theatres and cinemas are admission free. Special events will take place all around Slovenia. You can visit Lipica stud farm, UGM Museum, Škofja Loka museumTechnical museum of Slovenia in BistraNational Museum of Contemporary History, etc. For more events click here.

Winter fairytale in Bled

p1dr11kuhs1i0160o12agnne1uja5.jpgWhen: 01. 12. 2019 - 05. 01. 2020

Where: Bled

What: You should visit Bled at least once during the month of December as the lake and its surroundings will be beautifully decorated with Christmas lights. Check out the list of events here.


Festive December in Ljubljana

p1dr1e93a21ken10k91rs416on8r15.jpgWhen: 29. 11. 2019 - 05. 01. 2019

Where: Ljubljana

What: Warm yourself up with a cup of mulled wine or aromatic tea and browse the green stalls to find some gifts for your loved ones. The Christmas markets are accompanied by a programme of festive events held daily in the nearby streets and squares throughout December:


  • Christmas markets: will be held at six locations around Ljubljana.

  • Castle Festive Fair: The last month of the year is just crying out to be filled with memories that will mark the entire year. Castle flavours, melodies, events and gifts will leave the castle’s mark on December open up a future full of heartfelt and happy moments. 

  • 16th Traditional Christmas Concert: will be organized in front of the Town Hall on the Christmas Eve. 

Discover more events in Ljubljana here.

Festive December in Maribor 2019

p1dr1dkquugir4ab12dtl31tph5.jpgWhen: 29. 11. 2019 - 28. 12. 2019

Where: Maribor

What: Maribor is the second biggest city in Slovenia who will also host numerous concerts, shows and other activities for all generations. Some of the events are: 



  • Festive fair: Take a walk through the Fair’s stalls during Festive December; the stalls offer a full range of genuine, high-quality products of handicraft and art crafts and traditional cuisine.

  • Fairy city: This year, for the seventh time, a new city will be built inside Maribor’s city centre; a city made of goodwill and imagination, where everyone is welcome, and nothing is impossible! A place of joy, socializing, creativity, and imagination - A Fairy City! You are invited to a festival of shining people and moments within the city streets, courtyards and squares. From concerts and puppet shows to creative workshops and street theatre.

4. Christmas Fairytale of Slovenia

p1dr1d3q2840ahnfkj212afkqd5.jpgWhen: 29. 11. 2019 - 06. 01. 2020

Where: Mozirje

What: The fourth time Mozirski gaj opens its gate, where you will get to see the Christmas fairy tale of Slovenia with one and a half million lights and various other activities. Check out the full programme here.

Cheerful December in Kranj

p1dr1cjsu3vv61pur155p1sq31po75.jpgWhen: 03. 12. 2019 - 31. 12. 2019

Where: Kranj

What: On December 1st, the Christmas lights will be switched on in Kranj with a big celebration, inviting you to a series of magical and fragrant winter events: Christmas market, culinary delicacies, storytellers for children and a varied concert program. You will be enchanted by the tasteful decoration and festive lights, including the verses of Prešeren, a crib made of wood, a magical grove and ice sculptures! More information on the programme will be published here.

Velenje Underground

p1dr1d1jrmr93e171i11ti1umg5.jpgWhen: 05. 12. 2019 at 18:30

Where: Velenje, Štajerska region

What: Velenje underground is the ultimate culinary experience in the deepest dining in Slovenia. Step into a time machine and be a part of an underground adventure on one of the thickest layers of coal in the world. Take the oldest lift in Slovenia to the Slovenian Coal Mining Museum. The combination of the raw industrial environment, gastronomic delights and musical animation herald a remarkable event. Check this video to learn more. A number of participants is limited and the price for this event is 110 €. You can apply here.

Xmas Lights Switch-on

p1dr1c70f11mobrjuofe1p48ser5.jpgWhen: 06. - 08. 12.

Where: Portorož & Piran

What: Do not miss the magical Portorož, visit of St. Nicholas, Christmas Market and a rich entertainment programme for all tastes and ages. Many activities are also organized specifically for children. Learn more about the event programme here.

Santa Claus Marathon

p1dr1c1q1p1b3m17t21jio6reikh5.jpgWhen: 13. 12. 2019

Where: Ljubljana

What: The goal of this event is fundraising as well as encouraging running and walking in the winter. Each participant gets a Santa's hat, runs a 6 km or 12 km, or participates in the night walk with flashlights. All the proceeds from the entry fees go to the Red Nose Clown Doctors. Watch this video for more.

Ptuj Fary Tale

p1dr1bhfoelgg1ibb1pis12leic05.jpgWhen: 18. 12. 2019 - 30. 12. 2019

Where: Mestni trg square, Ptuj 

What: Decorations above the streets of the old city centre become the backdrop where magical creatures turn Mestni trg into a fairytale land every December. For two magical weeks, the city centre bubbles with a holiday fair and tons of events. There will also be a programme for children. Learn more here.

The Living Nativity Scenes in Postojna Cave

p1dr1au3jh11q01aus1ro510ir1sk95.jpgWhen: 25. 12. - 30. 12. 2019

Where: Postojna Cave

What: The most magical Christmas experience, which you will remember for years to come. Between 25th and 30th December, you can see the biblical story staged in the awe-inspiring setting of Postojna Cave and enjoy the one-of-a-kind magical atmosphere. You can purchase the tickets here.

Štefanovo 2019

p1dr1anv01et91gjb6g0n1i1n265.jpgWhen: 26. 12. 2019

Where: Šentjernej, Dolenjska area

What: Štefanovo is a traditional Slovenian horse blessing event. Learn more about the programme here.






Share this post with your friends and explore Slovenia through cultural, music and gastronomic events together. Looking for accommodation in Slovenia? Check these luxury holiday rentals in the best locations around Slovenia. 


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