Each year in December, Ljubljana's Festive Fair becomes the centre of the city's social life.
The fair, set up in the immediate vicinity of a major open-air venue for festive events held daily throughout December, is well known for its vibrancy and cheerful atmosphere. Festively decorated green stalls, designed specially for the fair, sell a fine choice of products suitable for giving as gifts.
For many years now, the Festive Fair, with its countless food and drink stalls offering mulled wine, tea, liqueurs, sausages, and various grilled dishes, has been considered to be a major venue for what the locals refer to as 'the merry December in Ljubljana Old Town' and see as a perfect opportunity to bump into friends and acquaintances whom they may not have seen for a while.
Apart from a wide variety of Christmas and New Year-themed products, the Festive Fair offers various fashion accessories, including a good choice of headwear, gloves, scarves, and other things to keep us warm on cold winter days. Some of the stalls sell interesting and reasonably priced creations by young Slovenian designers, most of them unavailable in shops. Other goods sold at the Festive Fair include various arts and crafts items and local delicacies such as honey, schnapps, and confections.