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Main Christmas Market

The atmosphere of the most popular holidays takes over Bratislava at the end of November

Bratislava decorated with festive lights, dozens of stands on the Main Square and a cultural scene on Franciscan Square. A sure sign that Christmas is coming to the capital.

You can look forward to a varied offer of Christmas specialties, traditional Slovak and international cuisine, a large selection of Christmas gifts, as well as themed entertainment. A rich cultural programme on Franciscan Square will make your Advent time more pleasant every week from Thursday to Sunday.


As in any other city during the Christmastime, the Market is always full of local specialties and goodies that will definitely saltisfy your taste buds. The choice is wide – offer includes various sweet or salty delicacies. Try, for example, loksha, goose, grilled pork or chicken, potato pancakes, strudel, mulled wine, mead or punch.

Dishes and drinks can be found in the Christmas stands on the Main Square and good entertainment on the Franciscan Square, where a stage with an accompanying programme will be placed. Do not miss the stands of non-profit and cultural organizations operating in the capital.

The concept of Christmas markets focuses on quality, ecological, safe, but also visually attractive experiences with an accompanying cultural programme that takes into account the pleasant Christmas atmosphere in the city as much as possible. In addition, the Christmas Main Market will help people and nature.


Starting with official opening on Friday 25 November at 6 p.m. at Franciscan Square, Christmas markets will contribute to the festive atmosphere in the capital from 24 November to 22 December. After lighting up the Christmas tree, markets will offer a musical experience of the Viva Brass Quintet Bratislava, Bratislava Children’s Choir at the M. Ruppeldt Elementary School and the Bratislava Choir. Concert of Robo Opatovský and his band will also tune everyone to the Christmas note.


Not only the introductory programme on both, the Main and the Franciscan Square will be full of music and spoken word. The 5 p.m. will belong on Thursdays to live reading performed by Slovak actors, Fridays and Saturdays will at 8 p.m. bring to the squares a pleasant atmosphere during concerts of well-known and lesser-known Slovak musicians. Martin Geišberg with the band, Korben Dallas and Le Payaco will perform. Sunday offer will delight families with children from 2 p.m. There will also be theatrical performancies, concerts and Christmas plays for the little ones.


Famous personalities of social and cultural life shared their favourite Christmas songs and wishes that will please people in the squares. In cooperation with the music dramaturgist Pavel Hubinák, special Christmas playlists were created and will sound on the Christmas Main Market.

Among the dozens of stands, the stand of the Capital City of Bratislava will also have its place with an offer of exceptional and original gifts from the specially prepared edition of “Bratislava Icons”. You will find there e.g. jars with the design of the iconic Salvator pharmacy or the Michael’s Tower, sweatshirts with the print of Bratislava tiles, gifts with the visual of Live Places by the illustrator Daniela Olejníková or wooden Christmas ornaments with a Kyjatice pattern, which were created in cooperation with ÚĽUV.


At the Christmas Main Market, it will be possible to pay by credit card, using compostable dishes and returnable glasses. There are two sorting stations in the area with all the necessary information for responsible sorting. Trained staff will also be at your disposal to assist you with the proper separation of rubbish.

Markets can be visited from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Gift stands of non-profit organizations will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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