Christmas markets and December events
The major features of Ljubljana in the Advent season are the city centre's Christmas Markets, accompanied by an extensive programme of events. Its Christmas attractions include the Land of Ice, an exhibition of unique ice sculptures. Shopping for gifts at the Christmas markets followed by socializing at the fair's food and drink stalls has become a tradition in Ljubljana. At the markets, you can shop for small gifts such as gloves and mittens, hats, scarves, various fashion accessories, local arts and crafts products, and traditional Slovenian delights such as honey, schnapps, and various sweet treats.
Shopping in the city centre of Ljubljana
Interesting shopping opportunities are also afforded by Ljubljana's numerous city-centre shops. A number of useful gift suggestions, ranging from high-end fashion products from international and renowned Slovenian fashion designers to traditional arts and crafts items and quality souvenirs, can be found under the 'Points of interest' tab on this page. The best place to shop for souvenirs is the TIC Ljubljana shop. You are also recommended to visit the Central Market and the city's wine shops selling premium Slovenian wines.
Christmas shopping at the BTC City shopping centre
Ljubljana's BTC City, where more than 450 shops offer products from thousands of different brands, is one of the largest shopping centres in Europe. Most of the shops traditionally offer Christmas discounts. A lot of them have extended opening hours on Sundays during the festive season.
In December, the BTC City turns into a magical place full of Christmas lights. It is visited by St Nicholas, Father Christmas, and Grandpa Frost.