Bratislava hosts long Christmas market

Tuesday, November 7, 2023


The Christmas market in the historical centre of Bratislava will last longer than usual.

The city decided to hold the festive market from Thursday, November 23 until December 31, which is Sunday.

Another novelty will be friendly zones to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the markets.

Katarína Hulíková, director of the Bratislava Cultural and Information Centre (BKIS) said at a press conference on November 2 that the stall tenants supported them to extend the Christmas market.

The market on the Main Square will open on November 23.

The next day, November 24, 18:00, the official opening of the Christmas market and lighting of the Christmas tree will follow.

After a three-day break during the Christmas holidays lasting from December 24 until December 26, the Christmas market will re-open on Wednesday, December 27.

It will be in a diminutive form with approximately half the stalls.

More exotic tastes

There will be more than 70 stalls on the Main Square during the main Christmas market season.

Their assortment will be expanded this year to include spilled mead, fruit wines and beer.

In addition to traditional Christmas dishes, visitors will find more exotic tastes.

Vegans will also find something to their liking, said Hulíková.

The installation of the 12-metre Christmas tree on the Main Square last Thursday is for not complicating the later installation of stalls.

Karlova Ves borough donated the 34-year-old spruce . The branches will serve as food for the animals in the Bratislava Zoo after Christmas.

Friendly zones

The city is cooperating with the Old Town borough in organising the Christmas markets this year.

A novelty-friendly zone connects the markets on Main and Hviezdoslavovo Squares among other things.

They will mainly serve for rest from the hustle and bustle of the markets. They will have shelter, barrier-free and it will be possible to sit in them.

Returnable cups and compostable utensils will be available this year at both squares. There will be two sorting stations.

One will be on the Main Square and the other on Primaciálne Square. There will also be ashtrays for cigarette butts, that are subject to recycling.

Weekend events

The cultural programme will take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Fridays will belong to the reading for adults, followed by concerts by young bands, said Hulíková.

On Saturdays they have again prepared readings for children and performances by female artists with bands.

Sundays will be full of music, with performances mainly by primary art schools and later on there are some famous Slovak musical performers.

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