Best time to go to Slovakia

Christmas Markets (Vianočné Trhy) 2023

Immerse yourself in a magic world where everything is sweet and charming

Christmas Markets (Vianočné Trhy)
Christmas in Bratislava
See accommodations nearby

Wintertime is one of the best seasons of the year in Slovakia, because of Christmas celebrations. The opening of Christmas markets means the holidays have started.

Bratislava Christmas Market at Main Square (November 23–December 23, 2023)

The most significant Christmas market is in Bratislava. The Main Square (Hlavné námestie) is where you can find lots of tasty Slovakian food, hot wine (Varene vino) or honey liquor (Medovina), some homemade gifts, and much more. Also, you can take part in activities near the main Christmas tree with different music performances on weekends. The square isn't so big so it can become packed quickly.

Bratislava Christmas Market at Hviezdoslav Square (November 23–December 23, 2023)

The next spot is Hviezdoslav Square (Hviezdoslavovo námestie). The place is famous for its big winter ice skating rink, delicious food, and beverages. Bratislava Castle also provides a huge Christmas market. The scenery from the Castle will definitely amaze you. It's a great chance to spend your time cheerfully, meet locals, and try folk Slovakian dishes like Ciganska pecenka, Chlieb s mastou, Lokse, etc. It's also a great time to learn more about Slovakian traditions, enjoy different folk performances, music, dances, and exhibitions.

Košice Christmas Market (December 1–23, unconfirmed)

Besides the capital city, another popular Christmas market in Slovakia could be found in Old Town, Košice. Located at pedestrian Hlavná Street, Košice Christmas Market opens in early December with a beautiful Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The market consists of dozens of stalls with Christmas decorations, various crafts, and foods like sausages and ham. Visitors can also try hot wine, mead, or punch. Plenty of entertainment is also offered: folk groups and theatre performances, carol singing, live music by Slovak bands, and competitions for children. The Christmas fair creates a unique atmosphere, transforming Košice into a winter wonderland!

Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin