Ljubljana at Christmas

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panoramic view of Ljubjlana

Ljunljana in peaceful times – before the Christmas and New Year festivities begin

Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is a picturesque city with a medieval hill-top castle towering over its historical city centre split by a river spanned by a series of beautiful bridges.  Just as Gaudi left his architectural imprint on Barcelona, Jože Plečnik has left his on Ljubljana.

Ljubljana lies at the centre of Slovenia, a scenic and diverse country where distances are short and major attractions easily accessible. Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj or Soča Valley in the high mountainous region of the Alps are all within a few hours; drive, and the world famous Postojna Caves are only about 50 kilometres from the city.

Like most cities the festivities began with the turning on of the Christmas street lights and most end at new year. The festive fair has already begun in the city and it rather takes over and becomes the centre of the city’s social life and is it a busy life?

Until, Christmas Eve, Magical Forest will host creative workshops of making environmentally friendly Christmas decorations whilst every day at 4pm from the 15th until the 30th, there are hurdy gurdy players in the streets and squares of the old town. After you’ve seen the players stroll over to Mestni trg square for 5pm and you’ll see the Good Fairy will be fulfilling the wishes of anyone approaching her. “She” is actually a creation by local painter, Zmago Modic. You could then go to Novi trg square for a pop concert that starts at 7pm all of which gives you a fairly packed afternoon.

Apart from the annual free concert on Christmas Eve in Mestni trg square, Christmas remains peaceful and private until Boxing day when – and for the next four days – Grandpa Frost, the Slovenian counterpart of Santa Claus, arrives in Ljubljana and lodges in the old town accompanied by snowmen, bears, rabbits and other creatures from folk and fairy tales. Over the days leading up to New Year’s Eve, there are street theatre troups and circus performers at the Petkovšek embakement, pop concerts in Kongresni trg square and pop plus traditional folk music concerts in Pogačarjev trg square.

Finally on New Year’s Eve itself you are spoilt for choice with a variety of concerts in different squares plus the big New Year’s Eve celebrations in both Trg francoske revolucije Kongresni trg squares starting about 9pm and going on until the small hours.

You’ll need a break afterwards to recover from this busy, busy Slovenian Christmas holiday!

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