Balkan Holidays is offering three-night breaks to visit the Christmas markets of Ljubljana in Slovenia this year.

Every year the city is transformed into a winter wonderland with snow covered trees, Christmas lights and a Christmas tree. The city has two markets - the main market in the town centre along the Ljujanica River, which opens from December 3 to January 1, and the St Nicholas Fair on Presernov Trg, the main city square, which opens in early December.

Both markets offer traditional wooden stalls selling local craftwork and Slovenian specialities including mulled wine (kuhano vino), warm honey schnapps (medica), roasted chestnuts, pastries, fried sausages and other tasty snacks.

As well as the markets there are plenty of Christmas themed activities including the procession featuring St Nicholas and Frost Granpa, (Dedek Mraz) while many of the churches display Christmas cribs. There is also a temporary ice-rink in one of the main squares – Plecnikov Trg.

A three-night stay in a twin room at the three-star Hotel City leads in at £290 per person including breakfast, transfers, 20kg hold luggage and flights from Stansted with easyJet, based on a December 11 departure. The same break staying at the four-star Hotel Slon on a bed-and-breakfast basis is from £350.

To book or for more information see or call 0845-130 1114.

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