Foreigners: Top 10 December events around Slovakia

Christmas in the Slovak countryside and an exhibition on the Slovak ice-hockey are just two of top 10 events worth visiting in December.

People takes part in the New Year's Eve Run in Bratislava on December 31, 2018. The event returns to the capital for the 31st time this yearPeople takes part in the New Year's Eve Run in Bratislava on December 31, 2018. The event returns to the capital for the 31st time this year (Source:

Before Christmas come, let's get into a pre-festive mood at ice-rinks and Christmas markets held across Slovakia. Or, pick any of the ten events below and add up December experiences to your life while in Slovakia:

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  1. CHILDREN: St Nicholas Train, Dec 5-7, Slovak Museum of Agriculture, Nitra
  2. EXHIBITION: Franz Milec: Made in America, Dec 6-8, New Synagogue, Žilina
  3. SPORT: Košice St Nicholas Run, Dec 7, Main Street, Košice
  4. CHARITY: Missionary Bazaar, Dec 7-8, St Maria Hall, Trnava
  5. FAMILY: UCho.Children’s World of Design, Dec 7-8, Tabačka Kulturfabrik, Košice
  6. TRADITIONS: Christmas in the Countryside, Dec 8, Museum of a Slovak Village, Martin
  7. DISCUSSION: Why Are Slovaks Like That?, Dec 11, Kubik, Trnava
  8. MUSIC: VIBE fest, Dec 20, Sports Centre, Košice
  9. EXHIBITION: 90 Years of Slovak Ice-Hockey, until Jan 2020, Podtatranské Museum, Poprad
  10. SPORT: New Year's Eve Run, Dec 31, bridges, Bratislava

1) St Nicholas Train

On December 6, St Nicholas will come to Central Europe and a few other countries in the region to fill children’s boots with treats provided they have behaved well all year long. St Nicholas and his two helpers, an angel and a devil, will visit a Nitra museum as well. Apart from a steam train ride, visitors will learn more about baking traditional Christmas wafers and spiced honey cookies. They will also decorate a Christmas tree and roast Christmas apples, to name a few activities. Traditional Slovak meat products will go on sale on December 7, which cannot be missing on any Christmas table.

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