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
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 museum, Technical museum of Slovenia in Bistra, National Museum of Contemporary History, etc. For more events click here.
Winter fairytale in 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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Where: Šentjernej, Dolenjska area
What: Štefanovo is a traditional Slovenian horse blessing event. Learn more about the programme here.
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