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Festive December 2016 in Ljubljana

Ljubljana’s Festive Fair, accompanied by food and drink stalls, becomes the centre of the city’s social life in December, while its nearby squares host a vast programme of free music concerts and other events for adults and children. The festivities culminate on the New Year’s Eve, with celebrations in Ljubljana’s main squares.

Program 2016

Ljubljana’s festive lights switch-on event

Be there when Christmas lights are switched on in Ljubljana! All the city’s festive lights will be turned on simultaneously.

The switch-on event is held next to the Prešeren Monument in the central town square of Ljubljana, one of the few cities in the world to have their central town square called after and adorned with a statue of a poet.

Where: Prešernov trg square
When: 25 Nov 2016 at 17:15

Festive Fair

Each year in December, Ljubljana’s Festive Fair becomes the centre of the city’s social life.

Where: Ljubljana city centre 
When: 25 Nov 2016 – 1 Jan 2017

Ljubljana’s Festive Fair, accompanied by food and drink stalls, becomes the centre of the city’s social life in December, while its nearby squares host a vast programme of free music concerts and other events for adults and children. The festivities culminate on the New Year’s Eve, with celebrations in Ljubljana’s main squares.

Straw Christmas Crib

A unique hand-made straw Christmas crib is displayed in front of Ljubljana’s Zois Palace. What is special about this crib, created by the local artist Anton Kravanja, is that all the figures are life-size.

Where: The area in front of Zois Palace on the Breg embankment
When: 25 Nov 2016 – 8 Jan 2017

Music concerts held in Kongresni trg square

During the days before the New Year’s Eve, the Kongresni trg square will host a programme of concerts featuring various pop artists.

Where: Kongresni trg square 

When: 26 Dec 2016 – 2 Jan 2017 at 20:00

New Year’s Eve celebrations held in city centre squares

The programme of New Year’s Eve celebrations held in city centre squares is intended for people of all ages and tastes. A minute after midnight, a fireworks display will set the skies above Ljubljana alight and announce the beginning of a new year.
Where: Kongresni trg, Trg francoske revolucije, Mestni trg, Pogačarjev trg 
When: 31 Dec 2016 at 21:00

Fireworks display

A minute after midnight, a fireworks display launched from the Castle hill will set the skies above Ljubljana alight and announce the beginning of a new year.
Where: Open-air events 
When: 31 Dec 2016 at 00:00