At the end of each year, as the holiday season approaches, the city of Ljubljana is transformed into a festive wonderland, with twinkling lights adorning buildings, streets, and trees throughout the city.
The process of setting up the Festive lights usually begins several weeks before the holiday season. On the day of the lighting ceremony- that is the Friday before the first Advent Sunday- the community meets at Prešeren’s Monument, right in the city center to celebrate, the start of the holiday season. Children, families, and individuals of all ages gather to watch as the lights are switched on, filling the city with a warm and welcoming glow.
Throughout the holiday season, the festive lights serve as a source of pride and joy for the people of Ljubljana. They are a symbol of the city’s strong sense of community and its commitment to coming together and celebrating the holiday season. This is the time when locals meet with their friends to reflect the year that is ending, to talk about plans for the year to come, to have a glass of mulled wine, a cup of hot chocolate, a portion of roasted chestnuts or a local Kransky sausage.
In addition to bringing joy and cheer to the community, the Christmas lights also serve as a way to attract visitors to the city. Visitors from all over the world come to Ljubljana to experience the festive atmosphere and see the beautiful lighting displays. Every year the local architect and photographer Urban Modic, following the first ideas of his father, a famous local artist Zmago Modic, sets a new theme, however always with a powerful message. This year’s Theme is The General Mind – Spirit of Community.
In addition, in other Slovenian cities have their own way to celebrate advent time as well. Plan your visit to Slovenia and Ljubljana already now. Contact us tourist guides. As certified local experts, we are going to help you to create a lifetime memorable experience.
Author (Text and Photo): Mateja Kregar Gliha