Lučke v Ljubljani. Foto: Aleš Fevžer/STO
Lučke v Ljubljani. Foto: Aleš Fevžer/STO

We’re Already Counting Down to the Lights

Before the winter hits with the first snow and before the arrival of Advent, we get into a December mood with the traditional atmosphere of the lights.

Late this afternoon, on the last Friday before Advent, Ljubljana will light up along with sounds of the crowd gathered there.

Mayor Zoran Janković will address the crowd before the lights come on. Also starting are stalls along the Ljubljanica River and concert venues with an art program for children and adults.

There will be a Magic Forest in Congress Square, in which the youngest visitors will be creative every day under the starry sky. Sounds really fabulous, doesn’t it?

That is why during the festive season Ljubljana is full of visitors: both locals and tourists from different parts of the world.

Mozirski gaj v decembrskih lučkah. Vir: Mozirski gaj.
Christmas spirit in Mozirje Grove. Credit: Mozirski gaj.

Our capital is not the only place that will glow with festive decoration. It will be joined by many other places and nature parks.

A record number of lights will brighten up in the place of many flowers in Mozirje Grove, with reports saying that as many as 1.5 million will be lit.

Several thousand will also be lit at the Volcji Potok Arboretum Park.

In November, holiday lights will also be lit in Celje, Maribor and Koper.

The Ljubljana decorations were designed by the Slovenian painter Zmago Modic, who has been working on them for 20 years.

In Koper, visitors will be able to skate with the lights at the largest outdoor skating rink in the country, measuring 850 square meters.

Points to Consider

  1. How do Christmas lights affect the animals?
  2. Why are they important part of Christmas spirit?
  3. Is there an alternative to electric decorations?


The original version of this article was published on November 6th.

English translation courtesy of JL FlannerTotal Slovenia News, an English language website with news from and about Slovenia.


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