Christmas is a feeling, not a season

Published: 26.11.2020

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Christmas is a feeling, not a season

Check out how different Slovenian towns will conjure up the festive spirit.

Christmas is a feeling, not a season

December will be different this year; without the big parties, concerts and other festive events, which we’ve gotten so used to over the years...

But perhaps this is what was meant to be. Maybe this year’s holidays will take us back to the very essence, to peace, warmth, family. 


In Ljubljana, this year's decoration is related to the "vulnerability and resilience of life", which is definitely the central theme of the current affairs. Although some elements and sets are new, a major part of the decorations will remain the decorations designed by the late author Zmago Modic. The author of this year's decoration is his son, Urban Modic.

Next to the as nearly as 50 km of lights installed across the city, of which about 10 km of illuminate the spruce in Prešeren Square, nine spruces have been erected on Ljubljana's squares and streets. Also, if National Institute of Public Health will allow it, a holiday fair will be held, taking into account all their instructions and recommendations. The city will be decorated until 11 January 2021.


Also Bled will be decorated by thousands of lights, although all the events have been cancelled. But still: visitors will have a chance to see life-size cribs made by the painting association Atelje Bled, and the largest natural decorated Christmas tree in Slovenia at the promenade by the lake. "Unfortunately, this year, lights in Bled will not invite you to gather and have fun, but they will still send the message of the Christmas spirit to the world," says Visit Bled and we cannot but agree. 


In the first weekend of December, the centre of Maribor will put on "a festive suit". A number of high quality contents for a pleasant and, above all, safe experience of the festive Maribor will await you. The main venue will remain the Main Square, where a gift market with local produce will be set up from 11 to 30 December. On the streets and squares, a variety of light figures will greet the passers-by, as well as the Magic Gallery with themed photo points and urban woods decorated by the residents of the city. The organizers will adapt the happening to the current epidemiological situation; among other things, Thursday and Friday concerts will be broadcast online.


Also in the municipality of Piran, the festive lighting will be lit in the first weekend of December. The festive lighting up will be broadcast live online, and further enriched by a video showing the most beautiful corners of the coast. If the conditions allow, a Christmas and New Year's fair will take place in the second half of December, offering arts, crafts and festive culinary delicacies on the stands along the main Portorož promenade. Not to miss is surely also the Sparkling Wine Festival, traditionally held at Kempinski.

Photo by: Adrijan Pregelj

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