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New Year's Eve outdoor parties in all major cities and many smaller towns

All major cities, as well as many smaller ones, are preparing to ring in the New Year. As usual, many Slovenians will once again spend New Year's Eve on the city streets. The biggest parties will be in Ljubljana and Maribor, where thousands of people are expected. Fireworks will only be in the capital and Murska Sobota.

The Ljubljana city centre will be the most lively, with a wide range of events. Rok'n'Band, Nika Zorjan and Victory will perform on Kongresni trg Square, and the best view of the fireworks that will mark the arrival of the New Year at midnight. At 16:00, a New Year's Eve party for children with fairy-tale characters will be held in the same square.

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At midnight, the city will be illuminated by a five-minute fireworks display from the castle hill, the projectiles will be made of degradable materials and, in bad weather, the fireworks will be audible.

The venue on Mestni trg Square is traditionally dedicated to singers, this year Dinamitke and ViP Band will perform there, the programme on Pogačarjev Square will be pop music with Mambo Kings, and the liveliest and liveliest alternative and rock music will be on the Square of the French Revolution with the performances of the duo Murat & Jose and the bands Elvis Jackson and Neuromancer.The festival will be held on the Square of the French Revolution, with the performances of Murat & Jose, Elvis Jackson and Neuromancer.

  • Maribor's festive centre, with New Year's steel in the foreground.

    In Maribor, fireworks have been a no-go in previous years. Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

In Maribor, the municipality has already decided not to hold fireworks displays in previous years, as it is aware of the negative impact on people, animals and the environment. Thousands of people will gather at Leon Štukelj Square, where the local music group Zebra will provide entertainment. Guests can enjoy festive activities at the Magic Maribor, where the most notable attraction is the panoramic bicycle on the Main Square. Maribor's tourism officials, who have already recorded a record number of overnight stays at the end of November, are also expecting a good number of visitors during the upcoming holidays.

The Krekov trg square will once again be the venue for the New Year's Eve party in Celje, where visitors will be entertained by the bands LPS and Zvita feltna, while Ptuj will also be hosting a children's New Year's Eve party with Nika Zorjan and Rok from BQL in the morning, followed by a New Year's Eve party with the Recesija band in the fairytale Town Square for townspeople and guests alike.The party will be held in the town's main square. The longest night of the year will also be fun in Velenje's Titov Square, where Tanja Žagar will provide entertainment.

Along with Ljubljana, fireworks are also planned for Murska Sobota, where the youngest will celebrate New Year's Eve at 5 pm on Victory Square, followed by an open-air party with DJ Hari and the band Plamen in the evening. In Carinthia, the loudest music will be in Slovenj Gradec, where visitors will be entertained by the Okej ensemble on the Main Square.

  • Festively decorated centre of Radovljica.

    The Gorenjska capital will host Milan Rudan and the band InDesign on the Main Square. The photo shows the old town centre of Radovljica. Photo: Miran Kambič/

The Gorenjska capital will host Milan Rudan and InDesign on the Main Square, while the Dolenjska capital will host Nina Pušlar on the Main Square by the Kandij Bridge and the Manouche band after midnight. On the coast, the New Year will be ushered in with Jan Plestenjak in Koper, and in Nova Gorica with Kingston and a DJ programme in Kidričeva Street.

Some Slovenian tourist centres will also provide a fun transition to 2024. In Bled, visitors will be entertained by Pop Deluxe and the Saša Avsenika Ensemble, while in Kranjska Gora, a New Year's Eve party will be held with Dejan Vunjak and Brendi's Barabbas. In Piran, a party is promised in Tartini Square, with music by Booom! and Samuel Lucas with The Groove Station.

  • Roman Baths.

    Slovenian spas are fully booked during the holidays. Photo: Roman Baths Archives

Slovenian spas are satisfied with the number of visitors during the upcoming holidays, as they have more bookings than in the same period last year. Most hotels are filling their last rooms or are completely sold out these days. The spa resorts will see the highest number of domestic guests, while foreign guests will come from Italy, Austria, Croatia, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Author: Vesna Žarkovič

Date: 29. December 2023

Time to read: 3 min