Christmas markets in Bratislava are in full swing

This year they are more eco-friendly with a greater presence of patrolling policemen.

The Christmas market on the Main Square.The Christmas market on the Main Square. (Source: TASR)

A Christmas atmosphere has been descending on Bratislava with Christmas markets in its Main, Františkánske and Hviezdoslavovo Squares opening on the evening of Friday, November 22.

This year, the Bratislava City Council has come up with a new vision for the city's Christmas markets: a high-quality, environmentally friendly, safe and visually attractive gastronomic event with an accompanying cultural programme. One completely new feature is the zero-waste concept, with only returnable glasses and bio-degradable plates on offer, said Bratislava Mayor Matúš Vallo, as cited by the TASR newswire.

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Another new element this year is the arrangement of the stalls. While only commercial stalls will be located on Main Square, a stage for an accompanying cultural programme has been built on Františkánske Square.

City and state police patrols will take care of security at the markets.

“Members of the armed forces will operate in mixed patrols with the state police,” said Vallo.

Several precautions have been taken after a fire broke out in an illegal stall last year, which damaged an historical building nearby.

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“We’ve created fire patrols and sellers are required to have fire extinguishers in their stalls. We’ve also prepared training for those using gas hobs to cook food,” said Vallo, adding that no illegal stalls will be tolerated at the main Christmas market this year.

The Christmas markets on the Main and Františkánske Squares will remain open until December 22, while the one on Hviezdoslavovo Square will last one day longer.

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