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When my colleagues approached me about a possible trip to see the Bratislava Christmas market, I was ecstatic. Not only I’d always been very curious about experiencing Christmas in Slovakia, but being… slightly obsessed with everything holiday-themed, it was basically like asking me if I wanted dessert. How can you expect me to say no? Besides, I still had to buy Christmas gift for everyone and that was the perfect excuse!
Read more about Vienna’s Christmas markets and go through this beautiful photo essay on Prague if you are looking for more information for your trip!
Hlavne Namestie (Main Square)
December is a pretty cold month and the locals get warmed up by drinking mead or mulled wine at the food stands. We noticed that one of their favorite snacks was a slice of warm bread topped with caramelized onions and melted lard, served burning hot. You can also buy sausages and roasted meat, cabbage soup, potato pancakes and many kinds of sweets.
Old Town Hall’s Court
This square is only a short walk away from Hlavne Namestie. While the portion of the Bratislava Christmas Market here is smaller, the square is much bigger and you will find many vendors selling delicious local street food. Here I managed to buy a bunch of wool scarves for just a few Euros: it’s by far the area where I’ve found the best deals for Christmas shopping. If you are going to shop for Christmas presents, then have a look here. Chances are that you will buy everything you need for half the budget you intended to spend. Tourists and locals alike love the ice skating rink here. Because the square is surrounded by beautiful historical buildings, ice skating here feels like being in a fairytale. The air is filled with the scent of cinnamon and caramelized onions, the laughter of children and the chatter of happy people.
In Winter you can ice skate here, in Primate’s Square, at River Park, and in many other places. Here you can find all the information you need.