Top 50 Events in Slovenia this December

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Slovenia comes alive in December with a medley of events, creating a tapestry of cultural richness and holiday cheer. From enchanting Christmas markets to exhilarating sports activities, the country offers a diverse range of experiences for locals and visitors alike. Let’s explore the top 50 events that make December in Slovenia truly special.

1. A Stroll Among Christmas Lights in Arboretum

  • Date: 18.11.2023 – 7.01.2024
  • Location: Radomlje
  • Category: Families
  • Experience the magic of Christmas lights at Arboretum Volčji Potok. The park, aglow from 4 pm onwards, invites families for enchanting evening strolls every day.

2. Festive Maribor

  • Date: 30.11.2023 – 31.12.2023
  • Location: Maribor
  • Category: Culture
  • Maribor, the heart of Štajerska, transforms into a festive hub with a plethora of events on its streets and squares throughout December.

3. Skating at the Tabor Ice Rink

  • Date: 30.11.2023 – 31.12.2023
  • Location: Maribor
  • Category: Sports
  • Lace-up your skates and revel in the joy of Christmas skating at the Tabor Ice Rink on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

4. Christmas-New Year’s Market on the Streets of ALEJA

  • Date: 1.12.2023 – 30.12.2023
  • Location: Ljubljana
  • Category: Shopping
  • ALEJA’s streets come alive with the Christmas-New Year’s market throughout December. Explore stalls with unique items, adding a special touch to your holiday shopping.

5. Christmas Markets in Ljubljana

  • Date: 1.12.2023 – 7.01.2024
  • Location: Ljubljana
  • Category: Culture
  • Immerse yourself in the festive ambiance of Ljubljana’s historic city center at the Christmas markets, offering a vibrant and cheerful atmosphere. Admission is free.

6. Ljubljana Castle Festive Fair

  • Date: 1.12.2023 – 7.01.2024
  • Location: Ljubljana
  • Category: Culture
  • In December at the Ljubljana Castle, you can visit the Castle Festive Fair in the Castle Courtyard. Free admission.

7. Fairytale Kamnik

  • Date: 1.12.2023 – 1.01.2024
  • Location: Kamnik
  • Category: Family
  • Kamnik is particularly magical in December, as it dresses up thousands of lights and becomes alive with the programme under the name of Fairytale Kamnik. Various events take place at the Main Square, which offer the visitors of Kamnik a magical and sparkling festive atmosphere.

8. Festive December in SNG Maribor

  • Date: 1.12.2023 – 31.12.2023
  • Location: Maribor
  • Category: Culture
  • Spend a festive December at the Slovene National Theatre Maribor with shows and concerts you simply must see! La Traviata, The Nutcracker, Forever young, Christmas concert of the Opera Choir and much more.

9. All Sweetness of Life: Christmas Market in Portorož

  • Date: 1.12.2023 – 7.01.2024
  • Location: Portorož
  • Category: Family
  • Welcome to the traditional Christmas and New Year’s Market in Portorož.

10. December in Radovljica

  • Date: 1.12.2023 – 31.12.2023
  • Location: Radovljica
  • Category: Culture
  • In December, Radovljica’s old town turns into a festive place with holiday fun. There are fairs, concerts, tasty street food, cool street shows, and creative workshops. The whole town looks beautiful and ready for celebration.

11. The Sea of Winter Adventures: Grando Ice skating

  • Date: 1.12.2023 – 7.01.2024
  • Location: Portorož
  • Category: Sports
  • Enjoy the joys of winter on the largest indoor ice skating rink by the sea in Portorož.

12. Fairy-tale Ptuj

  • Date: 1.12.2023 – 31.12.2023
  • Location: Ptuj
  • Category: Families
  • The winter sky above the old city center of Ptuj during December becomes a backdrop for magical beings that enchant a fairy tale on the Town Square. The Fairy Tale Weeks are dedicated to a fairy-tale fair and vibrant events in the heart of the city in Ptuj.

13. Loka in the Snow Festival

  • Date: 1.12.2023 – 31.12.2023
  • Location: Škofja Loka
  • Category: Culture
  • The biggest winter festival in Škofja Loka, which brings interesting events for all generations. The program will begin with the traditional lighting of festive lights and end with the New Year’s Eve celebration.

14. Winter Fairytale 2023/24

  • Date: 2.12.2023 – 14.01.2024
  • Location: Bled
  • Category: Family
  • The programme of the Bled Winter Fairy Tale will take place between 2 December 2023 and 14 January 2024, with the romantic image of Bled, enlivened by magical decorations and a variety of events, being the main theme of this year’s event. Free admission.

15. Ice Skating Course & Disco Party on Ice in ALEJA SKY

  • Date: 2.12.2023 – 30.12.2023
  • Location: Ljubljana
  • Category: Sports
  • ALEJA SKY offers skating lessons every Saturday morning in December, from 10 am to 12 pm, led by experienced skater Pina Umek. In the evenings, a disco party on ice takes place from 5 pm to 8 pm. Festive huts will provide treats and warm drinks.

16. Christmas fairytale of Slovenia in Mozirski gaj

  • Date: 2.12.2023 – 7.01.2024
  • Location: Mozirje
  • Category: Family
  • On December 2nd, 2023, Mozirski gaj will transform into a festive wonderland with 1.8 million twinkling lights, creating a magical holiday atmosphere.

17. Fantazima

  • Date: 2.12.2023 – 7.01.2024
  • Location: Koper
  • Category: Family
  • Koper gets festive on December 2nd at 5 p.m. with music, markets, and ice skating. Enjoy live performances by local and well-known artists. Don’t miss special events for kids, including visits from St. Nicholas and Santa Claus. Experience the holiday magic in Koper!

18. Fairy-tale Celje

  • Date: 2.12.2023 – 31.12.2023
  • Location: Celje
  • Category: Families
  • Celje lights up with holiday magic in December. The Old Town turns into a fairy tale with treats, unique gifts, and enchanting experiences for kids. Fairytale Celje 2023 brings over 60 events at 8 venues for 30 days, including concerts, surprises, and delicious food.

19. Cheerful December

  • Date: 3.12.2023 – 31.12.2023
  • Location: Kranj
  • Category: Families
  • On December 3rd, Kranj will illuminate its Christmas lights in celebration of the birthday of renowned Slovenian poet France Prešeren. Enjoy the festive December in Kranj with a Christmas market, street food, concerts by popular artists, a children’s program, and the town’s ice rink.

20. Christmas Concerts of Ljubljana Festival 2023

  • Date: 4.12.2023 – 20.12.2023
  • Location: Ljubljana
  • Category: Music
  • Knights’ Hall Križanke welcomes young talents from various music schools, showcasing their skills from December 4th to 20th. Enjoy instrumental and vocal performances, and share the joy of the holiday season with us.  Free admission.

21. Visit of St. Nicholas in ALEJA

  • Date: 5.12.2023
  • Location: Ljubljana
  • Category: Family
  • A special guest – St. Nicholas, will visit the popular shopping destination ALEJA. St. Nicholas will be accompanied by the folk music group Polkaholiki, providing excellent musical entertainment for the afternoon.

22. Advent Novo mesto 2023

  • Date: 5.12.2023 – 7.01.2024
  • Location: Novo mesto
  • Category: Culture
  • In December this year, Novo mesto is preparing many festive events – the Novo mesto Advent story will be exquisite. Advent events will be set up in a new scenery and a varied programme will be organized between 5 and 31 December. The ice rink is coming back to the Main Square, and it will certainly be the most outstanding ice rink in Slovenia.

23. Šutna’s Fairytale lights

  • Date: 15.12.2023
  • Location: Kamnik
  • Category: Family
  • On Friday, December 15th, join us at Štutna for a magical evening with homemade lanterns, enchanting lights, and the arrival of Snow Princesses. Craft lanterns (no electric lights, just tea candles) and take a stroll through Šutna around 5 PM to illuminate the city.

24. Festive Laško

  • Date: 15.12.2023 – 16.12.2023
  • Location: Laško
  • Category: Family
  • Laško’s Winter Celebration invites you to a magical experience – Christmas lights, St. Nicholas fair, pre-Christmas celebration for the little ones, rich music programme and much more.

    25. Nina Pušlar Show

    • Date: 16.12.2023
    • Location: Ljubljana
    • Category: Music
    • The most-played Slovenian artist of the last three years, an expanded 24-member music ensemble, a theater of sound and lights, and surprise guests all come together in a unique musical spectacle by Nina Pušlar at Stožice.

    26. Christmas/New Year’s Party with Šank Rock and Hamo & Tribute 2 Love

    • Date: 30.11.2023 – 31.12.2023
    • Location: Maribor
    • Category: Culture
    • Maribor, the heart of Štajerska, transforms into a festive hub with a plethora of events on its streets and squares throughout December.

    27. Christmas Concert at Mestni trg 

    • Date: 24.12.2023
    • Location: Ljubljana
    • Category: Music
    • Listen to the magical sounds of Christmas carols that will usher in the Christmas Eve at Mestni trg Square in Ljubljana. Free admission.

    28. Traditional Submersion of the Christmas Tree into Lake Črnava

    • Date: 25.12.2023
    • Location: Preddvor
    • Category: Culture
    • A cherished tradition where a Christmas tree is submerged into Lake Črnava, creating a unique and magical spectacle. This year, the event is accompanied by a dazzling laser show.

    29. Christmas Dance at Festival Hall

    • Date: 25.12.2023
    • Location: Ljubljana
    • Category: Culture
    • Celebrate the holiday season with a festive Christmas Dance at Festival Hall on December 25th at 8:00 PM. Enjoy standard and Latin American dances with DJ Roman, a musical performance by Duo OK, and highlights – the Jenko quadrille and group dance. Open to dance enthusiasts of all levels.

    30. The Living Nativity in Postojna Cave

    • Date: 25.12.2023 – 30.12.2023
    • Location: Postojna
    • Category: Families
    • Postojna Cave mysterious underground world will host the largest living nativity scene in Slovenia, one of the world’s most beautiful Christmas stagings. 

    31. Christmas Concert: Jan Plestenjak

    • Date: 25.12.2023
    • Location: Ljubljana
    • Category: Music
    • One of the most beloved Slovenian musicians will take the central stage of Slovenia’s cultural temple on December 25th, concluding the concert year, during which he sold out most of his concerts, including Plečnik’s Križanke and the picturesque stage at Vurbek Castle.

    32. Grandpa Frost Processions

    • Date: 26.12.2023 – 30.12.2023
    • Location: Ljubljana
    • Category: Family
    • A few days before New Year, Grandpa Frost, the Slovenian counterpart of Santa Claus, will arrive in Ljubljana from the Far North. Riding in his carriage, drawn by genuine white Lipizzaner horses and accompanied by a procession of animals and creatures, he will visit the old city center’s Festive Fair.

    33. Concerts at Kongresni trg

    • Date: 26.12.2023 – 30.12.2023
    • Location: Ljubljana
    • Category: Music
    • In the days leading up to New Year’s Eve, Kongresni trg Square will feature concerts given by various popular music artists and bands. Event is part of the festival Festive December in Ljubljana. Free admission.

    34. Sparkling Wine Festival

    • Date: 26.12.2023
    • Location: Portorož
    • Category: Culinary
    • The 10th Festival of Sparkling Wines will take place on 26 December, offering a wide selection of sparkling wines, champagnes and culinary delights. 

    35. Joker Out, Christmas concert

    • Date: 27.12.2013
    • Location: Maribor
    • Category: Music
    • Christmas concert featuring the group Joker Out at Tabor Hall in Maribor. A festive night with the five-member Slovenian sensation delivering top-notch indie rock performance to celebrate the holiday season. 

    36. The Nutcracker, performance for children

    • Date: 28.12.2023
    • Location: Ljubljana
    • Category: Culture
    • Mini Teater invites families to a beautiful performance of “The Nutcracker” tailored for young audiences.

    37. Alenka Gotar, Anže Šuštar & Power Band, concert

    • Date: 29.12.2023
    • Location: Preddvor
    • Category: Music
    • The Grand Pre-New Year Concert featuring Alenka Gotar, Anže Šuštar & Power Band will light up Preddvor with sensational music and vibrant energy.

    38. Andrés Barrios Trío

    • Date: 29.12.2023
    • Location: Ljubljana
    • Category: Culture
    • The final event of the 2023 Noches de Tablao series in Cankarjev dom features the innovative pianist Andrès Barrios, one of the most brilliant exponents of the new generation of flamenco.

    39. Tanja Žagar, concert

    • Date: 30.12.2023
    • Location: Kamnik
    • Category: Music
    • Tanja Žagar’s concert awaits you at the Main Square in Kamnik to wrap up the year in style.

    40. Recirquel: Solus Amor in Cankarjev dom

    • Date: 30.12.2023
    • Location: Ljubljana
    • Category: Culture
    • An unforgettable circus extravaganza of spectacular, breathtaking acrobatic feats and masterful choreography comes to Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana.

    41. Outdoor New Year’s Eve celebration

    • Date: 31.12.2023
    • Location: Bled
    • Category: Music
    • You are invited to spend New Year’s Eve in Bled. We will welcome the first day of the new year in the company of the Saša Avsenik Ensemble and the music group Popdelux.

    42. Big New Year`s Eve in Maribor

    • Date: 31.12.2023 – 1.01.2024
    • Location: Maribor
    • Category: Music
    • The big New Year`s Eve in Maribor is a unique experience in the Old Town, at the largest Slovenian square, the Trg Leona Štuklja square. Each year, the best Slovenian singers and bands provide a great entertainment for several thousand visitors that come to this popular New Year`s Eve celebration. 

    43. New Years’ Eve Celebration in Piran

    • Date: 31.12.2023 – 1.01.2024
    • Location: Piran
    • Category: Music
    • Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Piran’s Tartini Square with a spectacular light show and performances by Samuel Lucas and BOOOM! band.

    44. Children’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

    • Date: 31.12.2023
    • Location: Ljubljana
    • Category: Families
    • In order to create a magical and unforgettable New Year’s Eve experience for children, the celebration at Kongresni trg Square will feature popular festive characters, children’s performances, and the arrival of Grandpa Frost. Free admission. 

    45. New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Ljubljana

    • Date: 31.12.2023 – 1.12.2024
    • Location: Ljubljana
    • Category: Culture
    • Join thousands of other revellers and ring in the new year in one of Ljubljana’s old town squares. The programme of New Year’s Eve celebrations held in city centre numerous squares is intended for people of all ages and tastes. 

    46. Prifarski muzikanti, concert

    • Date: 1.01.2024
    • Location: Bled
    • Category: Culture
    • A delightful concert by the Prifarski muzikanti in a beautiful setting as part of the Bled Winter Fairytale 2023/2024.

    47. Musical Jewels – Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra New Year’s Concert

    • Date: 1.01.2024
    • Location: Ljubljana
    • Category: Culture
    • Dreamy melodies from the Czech musical soil, fiery Russian rhythms and cheerful songs from our beautiful Slovenia. Let the New Year begin in a tone of delicious playfulness, sprinkled with joy in Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana.

    48. Dejan Vunjak & Brendijeve barabe, concert

    • Date: 13.01.2023
    • Location: Bled
    • Category: Music
    • On Saturday, 13.1.2024 at 20.00 you are invited to a concert by Dejan Vunjak & Brendijeve barabe as part of the Bled Winter Fairytale 2023/2024.

    49. Werther, opera

    • Date: 1.12.2023 – 7.01.2024
    • Location: Ljubljana
    • Category: Culture
    • The premiere of “Werther” at the Opera Theatre, a lyric opera by Jules Massenet in three acts, with powerful music and magnificent arias and duets.

    50. Eugene Onegin, opera

    • Date: 26.12.2023
    • Location: Ljubljana
    • Category: Culture
    • At the Opera Theatre you will be able to enjoy the operatic masterpiece and one of the best pieces of Russian musical literature under the baton of the excellent Kazakh conductor Alan Buribayev.