Each year in December, Ljubljana’s historical centre turns into a major hub of social life and attracts more and more visitors. The city is known for having one of the most original Christmas lights displays, as well as its vibrant Festive Fair, accompanied by countless free open-air events. Live your own fairytale in Ljubljana!
“Ljubljana ranks among the most attractive European capitals, a must-visit during the festive Christmas period.”
Welcome to a fairytale
In the Advent season, Ljubljana’s artistically-designed and universe-themed Christmas lights display is considered to be one of the most beautiful and imaginative in Europe. Ljubljana Castle becomes a fairytale-like setting, and the historical city centre’s public squares, churches and bridges shine in a whole new light. To live your fairytale to the fullest, join one of the festive city tours and tourist boat cruises along the River Ljubljanica.
Magic for the whole family
Children are eagerly awaiting St Nicholas, whose arrival on December 5th will be accompanied by the opening of the St Nicholas Fair, as well as the arrival of Grandpa Frost (Santa’s Slavic counterpart), whose processions through the city’s streets will take place daily at the end of December. Make a wish while standing in front of the Good Fairy at City Square – she will make it come true!
“Join a special festive city tour or a boat cruise to enjoy stunning views of the magically illuminated city.”
Dance on the streets of Ljubljana
When the sweet scent of mulled wine fills the air it’s time for a party. Four of the city’s main squares turn into venues for countless free music concerts and other events for young and old. The entertainment programme will culminate with the city’s New Year celebrations. A minute after midnight the skies above Ljubljana will be lit up by a firework display to welcome in 2017!
Treat yourself to Christmas shopping
The Festive Fair, which includes numerous food and drink stalls, becomes the centre of the city’s social life. Don’t miss opportunities for Christmas shopping in numerous city centre shops offering fashion clothing and accessories, Slovenian arts and crafts and designer products, and local culinary delights.