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Christmas markets are a place where magic happens. The lights, the smells, the colorful stands just wake up the child in each and every one of us, and even the long hours we spend in the cold can’t ruin our festive mood. The markets are a perfect place to spend long winter evenings with our families, or to meet our dear friends and share some juicy debates at the end of the year over a warm cup of some special winter drinks.

Cities are getting more and more creative when preparing the Christmas markets. The stands are usually offering local goodies, traditional and home-made crafts and other special products that can not be found all year round. Everything just makes our hearts sing.

You can visit the Christmas markets in Bratislava until the 23rd of December. They are set in different locations around town:

The Main Square (Hlavne namestie) has for over 20 years been the place where people were gathering around the stands set up in the central location that offers beautiful views at the Bratislava castle, the UFO tower and St. Martin’s Cathedral. If you are fond of skating – put on your skates and make a few circles on one of the ice rinks in the city center (Hviezdoslav Square, Primate’s Square, Eurovea). You can take a ride with one of the most beautiful Christmas trams in Europe and enjoy Christmas carols in the specially decorated interior.

For a musical treat visit the Market under the Pyramid, where numerous concerts will be organized starting in December. You can find the program at the events page.

Photo credit: www.visitbratislava.com

Market at Mileticova Street and Market at the Castle are perfect for a nice stroll among the stands with local goodies, decorations, handmade crafts, and don’t forget to stop for a glass of mulled wine or one of the oldest alcoholics drinks of the Slavs – the honey wine. And don’t forget to taste some of the traditional Slovak delicacies such as Lokša – the salty, potato pancake, Ciganska pečienka – the gypsy roast, bread with fat and onion, Strudels or Trdelnik. And when it gets too cold for you – try one of many colorful fruit spirits of your choice.