December - February - (Winter)

The winter months in Slovakia bring the coldest temperatures and snow blanketing the mountains and many other parts of the country. The average temperature ranges between 32-44 degrees F and it rains or snows on average 3-4 times per month. The winter months can be a good time to visit Bratislava with temperatures ranging from 44-59 degrees, the city is beautiful under the snow and the Christmas markets start to set up mid-November. The capital of Kosice is also a popular winter destination with Christmas markets and Christmas choirs, along with shopping at the many market stalls. Enjoy performances of the Nutcracker at the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava through December. Many sights are closed during the winter including the High Tatras, with closures from November through March. The elevated Tatranska Magistrala Walking Trail closes from October to the middle of June. January and February are still cold months in Slovakia, the snow is at its best in late January and allows visitors excellent snow sport, and skiing-related activities at the many ski resorts spread throughout the country. Jasna Nizke Tatry is the largest ski resort in the country, an incredibly modern establishment with log cabins and convenient skiing options, along with several restaurants and cafes.

Events and Festivals

-Christmas Markets - Mid-November to Mid-January - Bratislava and Kosice

-Christmas Eve - December 24th

-Christmas Day - December 25th

-Boxing Day/St Stephens Day - December 26th

-New Year's Eve - December 31st - Concerts and Fireworks in Bratislava.

-New Year's Day - January 1st

-Sled Dog World Championships - Feb - Donovaly hosts Europe's most competitive dog sled races