The locals are in love with colder days, when festive lights illuminate the whole city.
Ljubljana is lovely and full of surprises. Here are five top reasons why to visit Ljubljana in the magical December:
One of the greatest architects of the 20th century Europe Jože Plečnik, created the timeless elegance of Ljubljana. The city centre is designed as a total work of art and unique urban planning inspired by the perfection of antiquity. Take a walk on his daily path. Walk down from B&B Hotel Ljubljana Park to the Ljubljanica River, visit the market, the Triple Bridge (Tromostovje), river banks, National and University Library (NUK) and Plečnik House, where a new vision of Ljubljana came alive.
The cultural icon of Slovenia dominates on the castle hill, offering a fantastic view of the city. Take one of the romantic forest trails leading to the castle. Throughout the year, an extraordinary culinary offer, exhibitions about Ljubljana and Slovenia and special experiences are available to get the feeling of the medieval story of the fortress.
Ljubljana was awarded the title of the European Green Capital 2016, also due to wide green areas. Tivoli Park is like the lungs of Ljubljana. It is not far away from the cult hill called Rožnik, where traditional Slovenian specialties await you, and, if you wish to feel at least a little bit the Slovenian character, this ascent is a must. Strolling on the Jakopič promenade up to the International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC) is a nice green experience. In the winter you are able to admire the festive decorations. Fancy building a snowman in Tivoli park when green turns to white?
B&B Hotel Ljubljana Park is embraced by two hot spots of alternative and urban culture of Ljubljana. The first one is Metelkova mesto, an autonomous cultural zone with incredible graffiti and modern artistic interventions. Metelkova also hosts great small concerts and other events. If you walk down towards Ljubljanica, you cannot miss Trubarjeva Street with its multicultural pulse, small shops and restaurants.
If you like to relax by the river or feel the cafés atmosphere, head towards Ljubljanica. Its banks were rearranged by the architect of Ljubljana Jože Plečnik. The path by the river takes you up to Ljubljana Špica, where you can embark on one of many boat rides that will take you on a romantic trip through the city center.
1.1.2019 - 1.1.2020
A must for all first time visitors to the city, the tour is free of charge and the meeting point is at Prešeren square everyday at 11:00.
In November, Ljubljana will be the gastronomic capital of Slovenia, with a series of exciting events taking place throughout the entire month and hosting great chefs and winemakers.
The programme of the festival features films by gay and lesbian filmmakers and other films dealing with themes related to homosexuality.
Feel the vibrancy and cheerful atmosphere of festive Ljubljana at the Christmas markets held in its historic city centre.
A dozen outstanding international ice artists spent almost a month carving 80 tons of ice. These ice blocks became extraordinary ice sculptures. Most are made of frozen water, some shades are made by adding and freezing milk.
The festively decorated stalls at St. Nicholas Market will be offering various goods suitable for traditional St. Nicholas gifts.
16:30 - 19:00
The magical events held at the Magical Forest will host creative workshops of making environmentally friendly Christmas decorations.
17:00 - 19:00
The Ice Queen accompanied by ice artists will bring a fairy tale come true to the town.
During the days before the New Year's Eve, the Novi trg square will host a programme of concerts featuring various pop artists.
21.12.2019 - 6.1.2020
In the dazzle of the holiday decorations in the Castle Courtyard, a special story will come to life on the facade of the Estates Hall.
17:00 - 19:30
Young and old alike will be able to enjoy performances by street theatre troupes, circus performers and other artistes.
26.12.2019 - 1.1.2020
Various artists will entertain the visitors in Kongresni trg square with a spectacular view of Ljubljana Castle
29.12.2019 - 6.1.2020
In December at the Ljubljana Castle, you can visit the Castle Festive Fair in the Castle Courtyard.
31.12.2019 - 1.1.2020
The programme of New Year's Eve celebrations held in city centre squares is intended for people of all ages and tastes. A minute after midnight, a fireworks display will set the skies above Ljubljana alight and announce the beginning of a new year.