Wondering which European city to visit during this year’s holiday season? 

We have a simple answer for you: Ljubljana. A vibrant Christmas fair, ice-skating rinks, stunning views, and breathtaking fireworks are just a few things to see and do during December in this mesmerizing city.

1. The Grand Lighting of Christmas Lights

Have you ever experienced the lightning of a city’s Christmas lights? This is your chance! Join us in Ljubljana on December 1st, when an enchanting spectacle will take place in the heart of the city. As the clock strikes 17:00, all of the city’s Christmas lights will light up at once, creating a magical atmosphere. This accounts for one of the best December experiences in Ljubljana, which you should definitely put on your list when visiting the city.

Christmas in Ljubljana

2. Christmas Market

Check out Ljubljana’s central Christmas market, which takes place from December 1st to January 7th. Try traditional Slovenian dishes, enjoy a glass of mulled wine, or admire the enchanting Christmas lights. Stop at the Christmas stands to buy a unique gift for your beloved, or simply treat yourself to an authentic souvenir. The holiday period is also known for many open-air concerts and events that are taking place throughout the city.

Ljubljana Christmas market

3. Views, Views, Views

Hey, view lover! This one’s for you. Take a scenic cruise on the Ljubljanica River, see the historical bridges from a different perspective, and admire one of the most beautiful Christmas markets from a waterway that takes you right through it. If you wish to admire the captivating lights from a higher perspective, we recommend you head up to Ljubljana Castle or relax with a hot drink on the Nebotičnik – Skyscraper rooftop, which is also the very first Slovenia skyscraper.

Ljubljana Castle

4. Bring Your Skates!

If you happen to be a fan of ice skating, Ljubljana can offer you many options that will satisfy your needs. Hop on the inside skating rinks of Tivoli and Zalog or find an outdoor ice-skating venue of your choice. Skate beneath the stars and create unforgettable memories. Don’t worry if you forgot your skates – you can always rent them out.

Bring your skates to ljubljana

5. Do Some Shopping

Are you still looking for the perfect gift for your loved ones? Ljubljana’s got you covered. Immerse yourself in the charm of our city center’s stores, or explore our top shopping destinations like Citypark, Aleja, and Supernova

You can even enjoy special Christmas fairs in these shopping centers: visit Aleja from the last week of November until December 31st, Citypark from November 24th until December 31st, and see the Christmas fair in Supernova Rudnik from December 1st until December 31st.

shopping in ljubljana

6. Last but not Least: See the Magic of the New Year!

Finally, Ljubljana offers the most amazing way to slide into the New Year. Pop a bottle of champagne, head to the city center, enjoy the lively atmosphere, and admire the fireworks that light up the sky at midnight.

Join us in Ljubljana for the ultimate festive experience!

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