Things to do in Ljubljana in December 2017

Feeling festive? With our guide to December events and winter activities in Ljubljana, you will feel the Christmas spirit as magically as when you were a child.

For the last years, Ljubljana has been known for its beautiful and extravagant Christmas lighting. This, combined with the friendliness of Ljubljana locals and the warmth of our traditional festive markets, is a recipe for an unforgettable experience.

Festive lights switch-on event

(1 Dec 2017 at 17:15, Prešeren square)

On December 1st, the whole city will light up in Christmas lights and all the major festive markets will be waiting for you just around the corner, less than 5 minutes from our Hotel. The switch-on event is held next to the Prešeren Monument in Prešeren Square, where you'll find the huge Christmas tree, donated to the city by a Ljubljana local.


Christmas markets

December in Ljubljana is a wonderful time to visit our traditional Christmas fairs – they become the Ljubljana’s social hotspot. If you are looking for Christmas presents or simply dream of the lovely smell of mulled wine, roasted almonds and hot chocolate with your loved ones’, these markets are a must-see:


Breg / Embankment
1. 12. 2017 – 7. 1. 2018, every day 10.00 – 23.00
Cankarjevo nabrežje / Cankar Embankment
1. 12. 2017 – 7. 1. 2018, every day 10.00 – 24.00
Prešernov trg / Prešeren Square
1. 12. 2017 – 7. 1. 2018, every day 10.00 – 24.00
Kongresni trg / Congress Square
1. 12. 2017 – 7. 1. 2018, every day 10.00 – 24.00


Ice Park Icefantasy

(25 Nov 2017 - 7 Jan 2018, Congress square)

Glide gracefully, or otherwise, around more than 2000 square meters of ice skating surfaces in the Zvezda Park. Whether your ice skating skills are jaw-dropping or barely there, you will find this newest addition to Ljubljana’s winter wonderland enchanting,


Festive Ljubljanica river boat cruise 


Treat yourself to a magical cruise on board the boat Ljubljanica and experience the glowing festive lights from another perspective while sipping hot tea or mulled wine.


City Hotel Ljubljana December Break 


Here at City Hotel Ljubljana, it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas as well. Check out our amazing December Break package for 2  - the best starting point to experience festive Ljubljana. You also don’t want to miss all the culinary action going on in our Bar & Restaurant – stay tuned for more…