Bratislava in December

Weather in Bratislava in December incl. tips on things to do in Bratislava in December

As the year comes to a close and the festive spirit fills the air, Bratislava transforms into a winter wonderland that attracts travelers from all over the world. December is a great month to explore this enchanting Slovakian capital, as it offers a unique blend of festive celebrations, cozy ambiance, and - if you will be lucky - the magic of snow-covered landscapes.

Let's delve into the weather conditions in Bratislava in December, along with some tips on things to do you can experience in Bratislava during this winter month.

Weather in Bratislava in December

Weather in Bratislava in December

Overall, Bratislava in December experiences a distinctive shift in its weather, as the city embraces the winter season. This month presents a colder and somewhat gloomy atmosphere with shorter days and the potential for both rain and snow. Most of the time it's cloudy and the sunshine hours become notably shorter, with only around 1 to 3 hours of sunlight per day. So the day length diminishes significantly, providing a limited window of daylight for exploration and activities. In terms of precipitation, Bratislava in December receives an average of around 46 mm of rainfall. While rain is more common, there is also a possibility of snowfall, which adds a touch of winter charm to the city. Snowfall amounts can vary from year to year. Despite the weather in Bratislava in December, the city's holiday decorations and festive spirit create a magical atmosphere that's perfect for embracing the winter season.

Temperature in Bratislava in December

In December, Bratislava embraces the winter chill with average temperatures ranging from around 2°C to 6°C (36°F to 43°F) for daytime highs, while nighttime lows can dip to approximately -2°C to 2°C (28°F to 36°F). It is not uncommon for the temperature to drop below freezing, especially at night. The humidity is low, which can make the cold feel even colder. Overall, December is a cold month in Bratislava, and it is important to dress warmly if you are planning on visiting during this time.

Tips on things to do in Bratislava in December

Enjoy the Festive Spirit
December is a month of celebration in Bratislava, as the city gears up for the holiday season. The charming Christmas markets come to life, adorning the historic squares with twinkling lights and wooden stalls. The Main Square and Hviezdoslav Square become centers of merriment, offering delightful handicrafts, warm drinks, and traditional Slovakian treats. There are usually also live music performances and other entertainment.

Great time to taste Slovakia and its delicacies
Winter is also a time to savor the culinary delights of Bratislava. Warm your soul with traditional Slovakian dishes such as bryndzové halušky (potato dumplings with sheep's cheese), kapustnica (cabbage soup) or lokše (potato pancakes prepared in salty and sweet varieties). While strolling through the Christmas markets or streets of Christmas Bratislava, warm up with traditional mulled wine, grog or punch. If you want to taste something really special, try hriato, a drink you won't find anywhere else but in Slovakia. 

Delight your soul with an Advent concert
A typical part of the pre-Christmas period are not only Christmas markets, but also Advent concerts. Christmas Concert in the Slovak Philharmonic held in the Reduta Concert Hall, International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music, Christmas concerts in the courtyard of the Bratislava Castle or as a part of the Christmas markets programm offer a great way to get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy some traditional Slovak music.

Take a ride on the Christmas tram
Hop on the festive Christmas tram adorned with twinkling lights and decorations. It's a nostalgic ride that lets you enjoy the city's landmarks  against a backdrop of Christmas decoration. What´s more - to delight its visitors and in order to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere even more, everyone can take a free ride.

Welcome New Year
Just like cities around the world, Bratislava turns into one big party on the last day of the year. The celebrations begin already around noon. Afternoon events are usually aimed at families with children and include folk dancers, singing and musical performances, often in traditional costumes. The festivities continue until midnight and the celebration of the arrival of the New Year. Spectacular fireworks used to be part of the celebrations, but in recent years they have been reduced. 

New Year's Eve in Bratislava attracts not only party-goers. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy a New Year's Eve run of about 10 km over several Bratislava bridges. After finishing the race, runners can join other celebrants in welcoming the New Year.

Public holidays in Bratislava in December and opening hours

There are a few festive days in December in Bratislava where shops are closed. These include:

December 24: Shops are closed in the afternoon on Christmas Eve, as many people attend Christmas Eve mass or spend time with family and friends.
December 25: All shops are closed on Christmas Day.
December 26: Most shops are closed on Boxing Day, but some may be open in the afternoon.
December 31: Shops are open until early evening on New Year's Eve, but they may close earlier if there is a big event happening in the city.