At this most beautiful time of year, a wide range of events for all tastes will take place in Ljubljana, and we offer here some festive-themed ideas for the whole family.

The festive lights will be switched on in the traditional way on the Friday before the first Advent Sunday, that is on 26 November. The wonderful light decoration of the city, with the slogan “Omnipotence – Power of All”, is the work of Urban Modic.

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© Janez Zalaznik

Enjoy the festive activities

Nativity scenes made of straw will be set up on the Gallus Embankment. A special feature of these traditional Christmas cribs or nativity scenes is that the figures, crafted by Anton Kravanja, are made life-sized.

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© Luna TBWA/ Darko Pavlovič

In addition to a chain of lights 50 kilometres long, Ljubljana will be decorated with ten spruce trees and 79 “Green Trees” on Wolfova, Čopova, Stritarjeva and Trubarjeva streets; these are Christmas trees that will be returned to nature after the holidays. Help in decorating the little “Green Trees” forest on Wolfova Street will come from pupils of Ljubljana primary schools, and Turizem Ljubljana invites the people of the city to decorate the little forests on Stritarjeva and Čopova streets and to become part of the story of festive Ljubljana. We would also ask you not to buy new ornaments, but to bring ones you already have at home.

Numerous seasonal activities and, we hope, an attractive range of concerts will draw visitors to the exquisitely decorated old town centre throughout December. New Year fireworks will light up the sky above Ljubljana Castle on 31 December at exactly midnight.

© Janez Zalaznik

We will be continuously updating the programme, so be sure to keep checking in.