2023 Christmas Lights Illumination: List of Places Across Slovenia You Shouldn’t Miss | Ljubljana, Maribor, Koper, Celje, Novo Mesto, and More


As the holiday season approaches, Slovenia is preparing for December, a month filled with joyous events and sparkling lights. Among the most awaited moments are the Christmas light switch-on ceremonies in various cities across the country. If you’re eagerly anticipating when the lights will brighten up your favorite spot, here are the exact dates for the light turn-on events in the most beautifully adorned cities in Slovenia.


The enchanting lights of Ljubljana will come to life on December 1, 2023. Prešernov trg will captivate with over 800 artworks by the late Zmago Modic, receiving a new look. Ten spruces will further adorn the capital until early January 2024. The traditional December program includes St. Nicholas’ procession, the Magical Forest with creative workshops for children, a Christmas concert in front of City Hall, processions of Santa Claus and the Ice Queen, and a rich concert program on city squares.

Christmas Light Turn-On in Ljubljana:

  • Date: December 1, 2023
  • Time: 5:15 PM
  • Location: Prešernov trg

This year’s decoration theme is “Oni smo mi” (“They are us”), promoting mutual respect. The decoration portrays the diversity and expansion of the universe and the origin of life, using more than 50 kilometers of festive lights.


Magical Maribor will unveil its festive atmosphere on November 30, 2023, at 5:00 PM. Various locations, such as Trg Leona Štuklja and Glavni trg, will host various activities like a Christmas market, a panoramic wheel, musical performances, and other events.

Christmas Light Turn-On in Maribor:

  • Date: November 30, 2023
  • Time: 5:00 PM
  • Location: Various locations in Maribor


You can immerse yourself in the festive charm of Koper on December 2, 2023, at 5:00 PM at Titov trg. A children’s choir, musicians, an ice rink, a Christmas market, and numerous concerts will characterize the festive atmosphere in Koper.

Christmas Light Turn-On in Koper:

  • Date: December 2, 2023
  • Time: 5:00 PM
  • Location: Titov trg

List of Christmas Light Turn-On Events in Other Places Across Slovenia:

  • Celje: December 2, 2023, at 5:00 PM (Pravljično Celje 2023)
  • Novo mesto: December 5, 2023, at 5:00 PM (Advent Novo mesto)
  • Kranj: December 3, 2023 (Prešerni december 2023)
  • Murska Sobota: December 5, 2023, at 5:00 PM (Drevored Martina Luthra)
  • Ribnica: December 1, 2023, at 5:00 PM (lighting in Ribnica Castle)
  • Kočevje: December 5, 2023, at 5:00 PM (veseli december v Kočevju)
  • Bled: December 2, 2023, at 5:00 PM (Opening of Winter Fairy Tale with lighting)
  • Šempeter: December 7, 2023, at 5:30 PM (Trg Ivana Roba, Šempeter pri Gorici)
  • Vrtojba: December 12, 2023, at 6:30 PM (Pri boreli velikanki, Vrtojba)
  • Radovljica: December 1, 2023, at 5:00 PM (lighting with light and fire show)
  • Semič: December 1, 2023, at 5:00 PM (town center of Semič)
  • Krško: December 2, 2023, at 5:00 PM (Trg Matije Gubca)
  • Gornji Grad: December 1, 2023, at 6:00 PM (Attemsov trg 2)
  • Mozirje: December 2, 2023 (Christmas Fairy Tale of Slovenia in Mozirski gaj)
  • Velenje: December 1, 2023, at 6:00 PM

Prepare for delightful moments as cities across Slovenia transform into a magical wonderland with the turn-on of holiday lights. Happy December anticipation!