Ljubljana’s December holiday carnival has been on the receiving end of growing attention in travel and holiday circles, and for good reason. The light display is phenomenal, fanning out in all directions from the Slovenian capital’s historical city center, connecting a network of gift stands, food stalls and mulled wine stands.
It’s a popular time for locals who meet up for get-togethers throughout the month, but others are coming, too. On weekends there’s nearly as much Italian and English heard in the streets as there is Slovenian. German, Japanese and Chinese is not too uncommon.
In all 64 kilometers of light sculptures are strung around the old town center for which the city shelled out €166,000, or $228,000. Live music will be featured in five squares throughout the month while the lights and stands will remain through New Year’s day.
Here’s a quick video –195 seconds quick to be exact—of shots collected over the past few days to give you the general idea. It’s a bit on the dark side, for which I apologize; it’s also heavy on sausages, for which I do not.