Awaken the child within you!
Discover some of the reasons why it is worth visiting Slovenia during Advent. Feel the cosy and festive atmosphere found throughout the decorated town centres. Bring a child-like spark to your eyes and join in the festivities.
Visit the Christmas markets
Take a stroll among the festive market stalls of Slovenian cities and towns where you are sure to come across some nice gifts. On top of the various arts and crafts and other products that you will find there, you can have some sweet-smelling mulled wine, tea or cocoa, or grab a bite to eat with your friends and loved ones. You can also enjoy the many music and entertainment events suitable for all generations. The time will go by so fast that you won't even notice it's already the new year!
Watch the Christmas story come to life before your eyes
Many people have a hard time imagining the Christmas holidays without nativity scenes, but living nativity scenes are something else. They come to life every year in some of the most unusual places – in the mysterious world of the karst underground, in the embrace of incredible ice sculptures and with real animals, which are particularly popular with children.
Meet fairy-tale characters
December is a particularly magical time for children, as they can expect a visit from the three good gift-bearing men – Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus and Father Christmas. They can also meet other fairy-tale creatures, like fairies and elves. Put a smile on your children's faces and feel the child-like enthusiasm yourself by visiting Slovenian fairy-tale lands in December.
Three, two, one ... Happy New Year!
The holiday spirit reaches its peak on New Year's Eve. You can count down the last moments of the old year and celebrate New Year's Eve in the streets of many Slovenian towns. If you want to start the new year in a more intimate setting, you can spend New Year's Eve at a spa, find a cosy spot in some mountain cabin or ski resort, or treat yourself to something more glamorous.
Romantic December on ice
Outdoor skating rinks in the centres of numerous towns give a special charm to the Advent season. In Slovenia, you can skate under the stars and the magical lights at the sound of music and the smell of baked and cooked treats. And don't worry if you didn't bring your skates, as most rinks rent them out.
Izola ice skating rink
Visit the Ice Island in Izola, where you can find interesting things to do during the holiday season. Combine ice skating and socialising at the skating rink in the Pietro Coppo Park.
Novo Mesto ice skating rink
In December, an outdoor ice skating rink with LED lights in the ice comes to life in Glavni Trg square in the centre of Novo Mesto.
Ptuj ice skating rink
The fairytale ice skating rink at the City Market will add to the cheerful atmosphere in festively decorated Ptuj.
The ice skating rink in the sports park is only a short walk from the town centre. In the covered rink, where skates can be rented, you will be safe from any weather.
Ice skating at the coast? Why not? Slovenia’s largest open-air city ice-skating rink awaits you in Koper, where you can experience magical moments enjoying the scent of the sea.
Portorož roller-skating park
It’ll be possible to roller skate in the former sea-salt warehouse in the afternoon in Portorož. During the festive season, the venue will become the site of the Grando Portorož-Portorose Festival that will feature music evenings on weekends.
Spend some pleasant moments at the ice skating rink in the centre of Kamnik. The festively decorated alleys and squares of one of the most charming medieval town centres will enchant you.
In the winter, Slovenian Square in Kranj transforms into an ice skating rink where you can get some physical exercise in a festive atmosphere or simply have some fun with your loved ones.
Spice up your skiing trip to Kranjska Gora with ice skating under the Christmas lights. Some fun on the skates with good music and food will warm your heart.
Ice show in Celje
When visiting Fairytale Celje, don’t miss the spectacular show on ice, Kingdom of Fairytales, which will be staged by Celje ice skaters at the indoor ice rink in City Park.