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In the first days of December the whole of Slovenia dresses up and starts the preparation to welcome the upcoming holidays.
In every city and town there's a Christmas market filled with ginger cookies, mulled wine, the warm scent of cinnamon, and ice skating rinks. In some cities such markets are open only during weekends, some are open all the time.
Ljubljana Christmas Markets (November 27, 2020–January 2, 2021)
The biggest market is, of course, held in Ljubljana on Prešeren Square, where you can enjoy all the festive beauty in the heart of the capital’s Old Town. It is part of the Festive December in Ljubljana celebrations. There are other areas across the city to enjoy mulled wine and local foods and shop for Christmas gifts, namely the Breg, Cankarjevo nabrežje, Gallusovo nabrežje, Petkovškovo nabrežje, and Kongresni Trg. You can find all sorts of souvenirs from fashion accessories, headwear, scarves, and gloves to culinary delights like desserts, honey, and locally produced alcohol. The Christmas markets in Ljubljana are accompanied by a rich program of events held daily in the central streets and squares throughout the month of December. In 2020, the Christmas program in Ljubljana will be limited. In order to kee the festive atmosphere and convey a positive message, the city will be decorated with the central theme of "vulnerability and resilience of life." The lights switch-on will occur on November 27, but no mass events are planned. There also might be a festive fair with all the safety precautions, if the NIJZ (national institute of public health) allows it. Please, check for the updates.
Radovljica Festive December (late December, TBA)
Another atmospheric market is held in Radovljica, where the center of the city turns into a true wonderland filled with all kinds of activities for both children and adults. Festivities start with the festive light switch-on on December 1, 2019. On that day, you may stroll through St. Nicholas fair in the afternoon and after dusk enjoy delicious food at one of the local restaurants participating in the Month of Taste Radol'ca.
Later in the month, from December 21 to December 30, 2019, Radovljica hosts the festive programme with a variety of events for kids, families, and those seeking some local charm of the old towns combined with concerts and great local food. Throughout the ten-day festive season, visitors can enjoy Christmas market, concerts, Taste Radol'ca street food, workshops for children, and street performances of Ana Mraz Festival.
Other Christmas events in Slovenia
There are lots of other Christmas celebrations and markets across the country. Festive December in Maribor, Christmas market in Celje, winter wonderland on Lake Bled... Wherever you go, you will have a truly magical winter experience. So have 'vesel božič' which means Merry Christmas in Slovenian.