When the surrounding peaks are white with snow, Kranj, the city on a rock, turns into the capital of winter in Slovenia. The town offers an abundance of experiences, events and friendly service in local restaurants and shops. You can head to the nearby ski slopes and toboggan runs, just half an hour away. Hop to Kranj for a festive winter break, hop into the snow of Gorenjska region!



It’s always worth returning to Kranj in the evenings, as it’s the Cheerful December here every day during the last month of the year, with concerts, the Christmas market, street food and the town’s open-air ice skating rink. The capital of the Gorenjska regions has one of the most beautiful historic centres in Slovenia and an excellent location in the Alps. Every day of your holiday you can choose a new winter sport and a new winter fairy tale in ideal conditions.





In December, the charming town centre, surrounded by two rivers, comes alive and sparkles. The switch-on of the Cheerful December lights is on 3 December, when the birthday of the great Slovenian poet France Prešeren, who lived in Kranj, is celebrated all over Slovenia. For the rest of the year, the streets are filled with stalls of local artists and craftspeople that create a festive atmosphere at the Christmas Market. You can see the schedule of evening concerts here.



Kranj offers an abundance of experiences, events and friendly service in local restaurants and shops. You can head to the nearby ski slopes and toboggan runs, just half an hour away.



Hop on the snow from Kranj and choose a slope where the weather is the nicest on that day! For a day of skiing, you can head from Kranj to Krvavec, the closest ski resort, or to the popular Kranjska Gora, the venue for the World Cup races, or to the smaller, family-friendly Stari vrh, where night skiing is also popular. Pokljuka has excellent conditions for cross-country skiing, which is why the Biathlon World Cup is held there every year. There are excellent cross-country skiing trails in Jezersko as well, where tobogganing is also a big attraction. Sleds also glide well on Velika planina and the Ljubelj Pass. Hikers can enjoy climbing the mountains near Kranj in winter. Krvavec, Begunjščica, Stol and Debeli vrh are popular for the increasingly popular ski touring, which can be organised with a guide. Skates can be rented at the Kranj Ice Arena and the town ice rink, and in suitable temperatures you can also skate on the natural ice of the Bobovek Lakes.





Boutique city hotels and accommodation are a wise choice during the lively Prešeren December, as every tired mile is unnecessary. In the city centre, the green-oriented Actum Hotel blends modern and traditional elements in a unique way. The newly renovated Elegans hotel Brdo boasts a superb restaurant in the beautiful surroundings of the Brdo Castle. Check out the full list of accommodation facilities and select one to suit your needs.


Some free experiences and discounts await everyone staying overnight in Kranj:





There are tunnels under the old town that reveal a different view of the city. Take a guided tour of the underground route in the pleasant temperatures of the cave climate, which is not much affected by winter. It is there that we have just opened the SOS Proteus to the public, an information centre on white and black cave salamanders, the first of its kind in Europe. We recommend also the digital tour entitled The city hides, the underground reveals, which takes you through the 6000-year history of the city.


But don't stay too long in the underground. We recommend a combined ticket to the deepest underground and the highest point above the city, where the Bell Tower of St. Cantianus has the view of almost the entire Gorenjska region. Then hop to the guided adventure tour, Heads or Tails. The course of its journey is decided again and again by the toss of a coin, symbolising the opposites of the city and in the life lived by the giant of Slovenian poetry who made his home here in Kranj.





Take a short hiking tour to the Dom na Joštu restaurant, where Chef Matjaž and his team have created an exceptional culinary story, spiced up with your walk up the hill, nice music, pleasant company and a great view. The Brioni Restaurant and Café is an elegant urban place, famous for its excellent pastries and delicious daily menus. Gostilna Krištof is a restaurant that was awarded the Green Michelin Star and the Michelin Plate for its sustainable supply chain of ingredients and top-quality meals. We recommend also the Pr' Končovc Farm where you can enjoy traditional dishes with modern flavours. Discover all the Flavours of Kranj and choose your favourite ones. Let’s celebrate the Cheerful December together!



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