We stopped in Ljubljana, a mere two hours from Venice, on a whim on our way home from the Advent in Zagreb Christmas Market. The snow had lightly began to fall, it was misty and foggy, and it was freezing outside. We considered just driving right on by, and oh, how glad I am that we stopped. The Ljubljana Christmas Market, known as the Ljubljana Festive Fair, is one of the prettiest Christmas markets we’ve been to. Dressed up in Christmas lights, Slovenia’s capital of Ljubljana is turned into a magical winter scene.
Set up along the banks of the Ljubjanica River, the wooden stalls are decorated with Christmas ornaments and the scents of pastries, roasted chestnuts, and hot mulled wine (called kuhano vino in Slovene) fill the air. Angels passed out little bags of sugar cookies as we walked hand-in-hand along the river bank.
Vendors sell an assortment of unique Christmas gifts. One of our best finds was at a stall in the Vodnik Square where a vendor was selling Nepalese wool coats, hats and gloves. Tim bought a wool winter coat that has certainly kept him warm in the coldest of places, even Svalbard.
In Mestni Trg Square in front of the Town Hall, The Good Fairy fulfills the wishes of anyone young or old, big or small that approaches her.
Know Before You Go
- The Ljubljana Festive Fair Christmas Market is open daily November 30, 2018 – January 2, 2019 from 10am – 10pm, 10am – 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 10am – 6pm on December 24 and December 31.
- The lights are officially switched on across the city at 5:15pm on November 30 during the People, Let’s Turn the Lights On! event.
- The Good Fairy grants wishes December 16 – 30 from 5pm – 9pm daily
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