Jingle all the way to the heart of Europe

Experience amazing Slovakia during the most wonderful time of the year! Get on a Christmas tram, taste the best mead in the world at the medieval market and watch skilled craftsmen at work — or enjoy a Christmassy view from 32 meters up on the Ferris wheel. 

Joyful adventure in Bratislava

Start your magical Christmas market experience in the capital, where sparkling lights, festive decorations and mouth-watering scents create a jolly atmosphere. Browse through dozens of stalls selling handmade candles, gingerbread, ceramics and other handcrafted goods. Sip delicious hot punch under the towering Christmas tree at the main square. Definitely taste delicious lokše, traditional potato pancakes with sweet or savory fillings. Enjoy a rich cultural Christmas program of concerts, theatre, exhibitions, and creative workshops, silent discos and swaps. Wander across the Christmas forest at Primate’s Square, decorated by children and later donated to charity. Ride the special Christmas tram, lit by garlands of lights, through the Old Town until 6 January.  

Medieval glamor in Trnava

Fancy a medieval adventure during Advent? Step back in time in the royal town of Trnava, less than an hour by road from Bratislava. Watch candle and bow making, coin minting, and blacksmithing at the Medieval Advent Markets near the 13th-century city walls. Enjoy unique culinary delights such as dolky: pastries filled with poppy seeds, walnuts, garlic, or herbs and served with melted butter. Be sure to taste traditional mead from the Trnava region, which has been awarded best mead in the world! Climb the 29-meter-high Town Tower with a lantern in hand and get a different look at the town´s medieval magic. Be entertained by the guide dressed in historic costume sharing interesting legends while walking with you up the 143 steps to the top. Enjoy Advent concerts at St James’ Church every Sunday in December of traditional folk Christmas carols or Bible stories to the sounds of jazz. Look out for cute elves in the windows, a part of an interactive game. 

Fairytale in Košice

Every winter, the second largest city in Slovakia becomes a fairy-tale Christmas wonderland with over 40 stalls. Main Street is magically lit up and the 32-metre-high Ferris wheel offers a stunning view. Just a few minutes from 500-year-old Gothic St Elizabeth’s Cathedral is a skating rink. Warm your body and soul with Mayor´s Charity Punch and Angel’s Sauerkraut Soup. All profits from them go to people in need. For unique gifts that truly embody the local culture, visit Košice Infopoint. Here you can find a variety of cool gifts, such as a blue-print bow tie, a Košice chess set or a wall clock inspired by the city’s architecture. As the year closes, eastern Slovakia’s metropolis bustling with music and tempting delicacies. Soak up the atmosphere and experience an unforgettable New Year’s Eve. 

Merry Christmas and see you in Slovakia in this magical time! 

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