Celebrate New Year in Slovenia: Festive Celje Opens Its Doors
The New Year celebrations will be held in Celje on a large scale. The Celeia Centre and other agencies along with the Museum of Recent History have prepared a rich cultural program as part of the Pravljični Celj celebrations.
The City authorities have allocated 30,000 euros for the preparation and holding of festive events and the Celeia Centre has added further 10,000 euros from its own budget. A cheerful project ‘Dreamland’ (Pravljična dežela) is traditionally awaiting for the children from all parts of Slovenia, which has been held in Celje for 17 years already. The sum of 56,700 euros has been spent for the arrangement of the event.
A Lot of Music
The festive program will open on Sunday 27 November with a big concert. Over the next month, the residents and guests of the city will enjoy another 13 concerts and the main holiday highlight – ‘silvestrovanje’ – a traditional Slovenian ritual of the New Year celebrations. This year, ‘silvestrovanje’ will be held under the Rok’n’Band music. Students of a local music school will perform from a balcony of the Museum of Recent History in Celje, and the vocal ensembles will sing there during the Advent Sundays (the Christmas fast for Catholics and Protestants).
The Dreamland (Pravljična dežela) will open its doors for all children on 16 December, and from 9 December, they will be able to visit a variety of excursions and animation. Sixteen festive trains of the Slovenian Railways will start running in Celje. A mini zoo will also work in the city, and the children’s New Year celebration will be a special experience for the small visitors. Kranjcan Romana will meet the Ney Year 2017 together with children.
All the Activities Are Mostly Free
The Christmas and New Year Fair will open in Celje on 27 November. The guests of the Fair will be able to drink some hot mulled wine right in the city streets, and the owners of local restaurants and eateries can even put street shelters for this occasion. To attract more visitors, the organizers have prepared special gift vouchers, by which it will be possible to pay in restaurants and eateries in the centre of Celje. During the coming weekend, the gift vouchers will go on sale at the local Tourist Information Centre. Due to the large influx of tourists, the Centre will operate daily until 7:00 p.m.
Most of the ‘Praznični Celje’ and ‘Pravljična dežela’ activities will be free, including concerts. The only exception will be the city tours, merry-go-rounds and horse ridings both individual and in carriages.