Ljubljana christmas december
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At the end of November, Ljubljana started its festive walk through the all-around-town celebrations and festivities that bring the city to a colourful and vibrant month of December with a peak on a New Year’s Eve. Every year, the month of December brings an abundance of joy through various events and meetings. It is that time of the year when all the dreams are allowed while being accompanied by good food, drinks, and parties. Ljubljana brings the month of December to perfection.

Ljubljana’s lights, decorations and festivities make for a really magical and fairytale-like display, renowned for one of the most beautiful and imaginative ones in Europe. Ljubljana’s Christmas market with food and drink stalls becomes the centre of the city’s social life, while its nearby squares host a vast programme of free music concerts and other events. The festivities culminate on the New Year’s Eve, with celebrations in Ljubljana’s main squares.

Ljubljana christmas december
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MOST IMAGINATIVE LIGHTS DISPLAY

Ljubljana christmas december
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Festive lights in Ljubljana are well-known for their uniqueness as they resemble images of the universe taken by NASA. The display has been every year upgraded as an ongoing project. The old town centre is this year crisscrossed with more than 50km of festive lights, 800 light objects, and 50 lampions, made by Ljubljana’s elementary school pupils, that will decorate Zvezda Park trees.

TOUR OF THE FESTIVELY DECORATED LJUBLJANA

Ljubljana christmas december
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A congress or business guest to Ljubljana should take a romantic and magical 2-hour walk through festively decorated Ljubljana with  a guide, look for a unique gift at the Festive Fair, have a sweet treat in a renowned pastry shop with mulled wine and honey cookie, and get to know the story and concept of the famous decorations.

FESTIVE CRUISE ON A BOAT

Ljubljana christmas december
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An unforgettable cruise on board the tourist boat gives to visitors a unique experience and tour of Ljubljanica river, its bridges and banks in the glow of Christmas lights.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

Ljubljana christmas december
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When a congress or business guest is in Ljubljana in December, one should get a business or a personal gift at one of the Christmas markets. This year they are held at six locations around the city centre. Festively decorated stalls sell gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, various fashion accessories, local arts and crafts products, and traditional Slovenian delights such as honey, schnapps, and various sweet treats. Eager gift shoppers can also visit any of the many city’s wine shops, or numerous city centre shops and malls, most of them traditionally offering Christmas discounts also during extended opening hours on Sunday.

A VISIT TO THE LAND OF ICE

In the Land of Ice, a visitor is able to enjoy in a view of ice sculptures made by top-notch international ice artists who spent almost a month carving 80 tons of ice. Fairy-tale images created from a crystalline ice and snow mix, sometimes with added milk to give create extra shades, are this year following a story based on the history of Ljubljana.

NEW YEAR’S EVE

Ljubljana december fireworks
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Certainly, however, the most important day for Ljubljana in December is the 31st of December and its Open-air New Year’s Eve celebrations. The celebration begins in the afternoon with festivities for children, and in the evening festivities launch in four Ljubljana squares with performances by music groups for all tastes and ages. At midnight, when the party gets to the high point, Ljubljana Castle will light up the sky with a fireworks display.

These are just some of the happenings and events in Ljubljana during the month of December. Find further details on the following link for more information on what to do in Ljubljana when being a congress or business guest to this magical capital:

www.visitljubljana.com/en/visitors/plan-your-visit/december-in-ljubljana/