December is traditionally focused on everything related to Christmas. Special themed markets at different places packed with people, thematic concerts and events offering the most beautiful presents to buy… the whole city smells of Christmas punch and mulled wine. There are many things prepared for you in our lovely city in the last month of this year – December events in Bratislava are worth checking out for sure:
One of the most beautiful periods of the year in Bratislava is definitely during the last weeks of the year, when people celebrate the scents of Christmas on the street markets. Come to taste traditional culinary delicacies and drinks, buy various kinds of souvenirs, Christmas gifts and craft products and have a great Christmas-y time with your friends! More info and photos.
The food market in the Old Market Hall (Stara Trznica) is held every Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. Seasonal foods grown and produced by farmers and small producers from around Bratislava can be found here, as well as quality specialties from more distant countries. The market is regularly accompanied by various bazaars – antiques, books, clothes or vinyl – that are periodically rotated and can be found on the first floor. More info.
If you are looking for a perfect start of your weekend, here’s a great tip: each Friday evening, an aperitivo is held in Pane & Olio Bistro, a showroom with Italian food and tasting of traditional dishes mainly from the Tuscany region. Delicious food, yummy drinks and Italian wine are surely a great option, whether you want to get yourself in a party mood or just want to have a great dinner time :) More info.
end of Nov – mid March
Thinking of some sporty and fun activity while in Bratislava? Here is a tip for you: one of the best things you can do in our capital in the winter season is definitely ice-skating. There are some really nice outdoor rinks with fairy lights and Christmas trees set to their backdrop, and you might just want to walk around to feel the winter wonderland-ish vibe. Check this list and get your skates on!
INTERNATIONAL CHRISTMAS PARTY
Internationals Christmas party is taking place in one of the largest clubs of Bratislava, The Club. Organized by internationals living in Bratislava where you will also learn how other nationalities spend their Christmas. During the evening you can also win a variety of amazing prizes. More info.
A JAZZ NIGHT
The occasion of a rare and unusual anniversary of several legendary Slovak jazz orchestras who will perform in the Rock Café. Start at 7 pm. Official event.
1. – 3.12.
This year Devinska Nova Ves, Bratislava organises for the visitors of the Christmas street many surprises and a rich cultural program. Delicious traditional food, decoration fires and the favourite tent where you can relax in case of bad weather. The traditional art and craft workrooms will be set up where Christmas presents and decorations can be made. The Christmas street event will be organized from the 1st to 3rd of December. Enjoy the pre-Christmas atmosphere and have a break from the every-day stress! More info.
A MUSIC FESTIVAL
1. – 4.12.
The Bratislava Music Festival is an annual presentation of the leading foreign orchestras, conductors and soloists as well as the local artists in the dramaturgy of interesting programs. It is a great opportunity to enjoy the classical music in the streets of Bratislava. Check the 2016 program!
CHRISTMAS DAYS IN INCHEBA
1. – 21.12.
Thousands of tips for traditional and original Christmas surprise, festive atmosphere, the smell of mulled wine and Christmas specialties. A Christmas program for children as well as adults is prepared. The Christmas days are going to take place in the Incheba Expo Arena. A pleasant entertainment and relaxation before Christmas, don’t you agree? :) More info.
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS MUSIC
1. – 4.12.
This festival invites choirs from all over the world to the decorated historic center of Bratislava, so that they contribute to a peaceful pre-Christmas mood with songs, traditional culture and spontaneous presentations. A competition during which the choirs will be showing their quality of singing in front of an international jury won’t be missing. Free entry! More info.
GUNS´N´ROSES TRIBUTE SLOVAKIA
An evening full of hits from the legendary Guns N ‘Roses performed by the Bratislava Guns N’ Roses Revival. You can look forward to a two-hour show taking place in the Randal club. Facebook event.
THE EVENT NETWORKING
A regular business networking event, aiming to help people create new connections and opportunities in non-formal atmosphere. The access to the event is free of charge. Dress code is smart casual. More info.
A wild party of indie and electronic music hosted by one of the best clubs in Bratislava, KC Dunaj. Part of this evening will be the concert of indie-rock band “Max Bazowski” and Djs duo “Diablo & Krto.” Facebook event.
A REGGAE FESTIVAL
The “Uprising Winter Edition” is an event organized annually and this year we can look forward to a French band called “Dub Incorporation.” They will play their combination of reggae, dancehall, dub, ska and hip hop music which are influenced by Arabic and African music style which is simply irresistible. You will also have a chance to meet with the rising star of UK scene, reggae-punk band “The Skints.” This amazing event will be happening under the roof of “Ateliér Babylon” club. Start at 8 pm. More info.
TRAVEL IN TIME – EXHIBITION
An exhibition on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Volkswagen Slovakia. Historic trail rows of VW model will capture the gradual development of Volkswagen Slovakia. The exhibition is held in the Museum of Transport till the end of December 2017. More info.
A VINYL BAZAAR
This event taking place in KC Dunaj is a great opportunity for all the collectors of LPs, CDs, cassettes and MC music magazines but also the fans of classical music. The bar with coffee, tea, alcoholic and soft drinks will be open during the event – from 10 am till 3 pm. Facebook event.
HRATISLAVA – FOR GAME FANS
3. – 4.12.
The first December weekend in Incheba Bratislava will belong to games and fun; the town of social games HRAtislava will open its gates! A whole one hall of the exhibition centre will turn into place where visitors can try and play more than 1 500 social games from all over the world. Games for children, family games, party games, observation games, strategy games, cooperative games and much more will be available at Incheba! Experienced lecturers will help the gamers choose the right game and advice on rules. If you are searching for a place where to have lots of fun during the pre-Christmas rush, be sure to visit the HRAtislava event. Christmas Days also offer lots of traditional and original presents for all your dearest ones. Plenty of fun, rest and perfect tips for presents are waiting for you in Incheba! More info.
A FLEA MARKET ON DRIENOVA STREET
„Burzoblsák,“ as this flea market is called, is an event dedicated for the community and its main aims are recyclation and re-usage of old clothes. There is also an option for sellers to donate clothes for one of orphanages in Bratislava. It is held each first Saturday of the month, starting from 8 am and lasting till 2 pm on Drienova street 16. If you are coming with your children, there will be an area with refreshments and lovely atmosphere prepared as well. No entrance fee. Get your special piece directly from the sellers’ trunks or suitcases and enjoy the atmosphere of a real flea market! Facebook event.
SMALL CHRISTMAS MARKETS
Christmas markets in the Forest School and its adjacent garden are held annually to support the foundation Horsky Park (“Forest Park”) – 10 % of everything you purchase will go to the foundation. The Christmas markets will offer natural products such as honey but also Christmas cakes as well as beautiful hand-made products suitable as a gift for your loved ones. The markets open at 10 am and will last till 6 pm. Facebook event.
A MOVIE NIGHT: SLOVAK MOVIE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
“Blind Loves” is a Slovak film directed by Juraj Lehotský. It was Slovakia’s official submission for the 2009 Academy Award for the best foreign language film. The movie will be screen with English subtitles. Facebook events.
WELCOME TO SLOVAKIA WORKSHOP FOR NEWCOMERS
Are you a newcomer in Slovakia? Are you here for less than 6 months? Then you must know how difficult and time consuming it is to find all the information on one place sometimes. That’s why Internationals Bratislava – a community established by expats – organize this workshop where they share their experience as foreigners having lived and experienced local culture, and will guide you through the night life, nature and activities where you can get to know local and international people. No entrance fee! You only need to make your reservation at firstname.lastname@example.org. More info.
A QUIZ NIGHT
The popular quiz night event and last of this year will be hosted by Gremium Restaurant & Lounge. Gremium has to offer a wide range of great meals and drinks as well as elegant premises with a big projection screen. All questions will be in English and designed for an international audience. Come and test your brain cells while meeting new people and enjoying couple of drinks! Official event.
A FILM FESTIVAL OF OTHERNESS
7. – 11.12.
Currently the only LGBT film festival in Slovakia for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, their families, children and friends. More info.
A ROCK’N’ROLL NIGHT
An evening to enjoy the best of rock’n’roll, rockabilly and rock music as well as the atmosphere of the 50s and 60s. A part of this unique evening is also a live concert by the band Dirty Blondes and The Rockefellas. Facebook event.
A CHRISTMAS FLEA MARKET
This time the flea market will focus on books exchange, antiques and bicycles. You can find here all kinds of interesting stuff as well as inspirations for Christmas gifts such as clothes, hats, scarves, gloves, boots, shoes, handbags, bag, etc. More info.
A LIVE CONCERT
The leading representative of ethno-world music, “Pressburger Klezmer Band,” will perform at Café Scherz. The band is unique due to the fact that it is the first “Klezmer” (folk music of Eastern European Jews) band in Slovakia. But also due to the combination of the original arrangements with other styles such as jazz, reggae, Latino etc. The part of the concert is also a presentation of Jewish dishes. More info.
A HANDMADE WEEKEND
You can look forward to a special weekend during which you will be able to buy nice and original stuff from authors from the popular handmade portal Sashe.sk. This handmade Christmas weekend with Sashe.sk will introduce genuine jewellery, handmade soaps, handbags, clothing, decorations, crocheted and knitted products, gifts for children, unique home accessories and, of course, beautiful Christmas decorations from many Slovak designers, artists and producers. Do you prefer self-made gifts? During the entire weekend you will have a chance to participate on many interesting workshops of this kind, too! Read more.
CHRISTMAS MARKETS ON OBCHODNA STREET
12. – 17.12.
Come to purchase clothes and other treasures from the “attic” and rare antiques. The market will be held at Obchodna 66, in the court yard of the Lavender shop. Facebook event.
A LATINO NIGHT
Let’s celebrate this holiday season in a Latino style with InterNations Navidad Latina! Enjoy live Latin music during this evening by “The Bohemios” band where you will also have an opportunity to dance the night away with great Latin Rhythms such as Merengue, Oldies, Salsa and Reggae ton. Let’s meet with other internationals in Sheraton’s Amber’s bar for the last time this year! A special dress code – Dress to Impress! Facebook event.
A CHRISTMAS MARKET
A “Good market” taking place in “Stará Tržnica is focused on a variety of quality products, ice sculptures, food for the Christmas table, charity, creative workshops for adults and children, charming light installations and many other activities. It might be a good opportunity to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere in the streets of Bratislava with your family and friends, don’t you think so? :) More info.
A DESIGN MARKET
The Design Market is a unique presentation of the talented young designers from Slovakia and Czech republic. You can look forward to starting and established designers and sellers of various handmade stuff which you can also buy from them. This could be a great opportunity to discover the unusual gifts :) Facebook event.
ROYAL RUSSIAN BALLET
Ballet Romeo and Juliet based on the famous play of William Shakespeare’s is the most famous ballet of one of the greatest Russian composers of the early 20th century – Sergei Prokofiev. The performance will take place in Incheba Expo Arena under the baton of a master choreographer Anatoly Emelianova. Tickets from 23 €.
CHRISTMAS SWING DANCE HALL
Experience the atmosphere of vibrant parties of the swing era, treat yourself to delicious wine and goodies and return to the bohemian times of 20-50th of the last century. Swing in stylish cafes – that is the concept of these dance hall evenings and the December one will be held in the chic bistro St. Germain. Solo Charleston, Lindy Hop and Boogie Woogie will be taught by lecturers during this event. Entry 6 €. Facebook event.
A HIP-HOP AND RnB PARTY – CHRISTMAS EDITION
A special holiday edition of the party hosted by the three excellent DJs Maztah, Bizzare and Metys, who will play the best of Hip-hop, RnB and Urban music. More info.
NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTIES
A separate article coming soon!
NOTE: Some of the featured pictures come from the Facebook pages of the mentioned events.