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2016 Christmas Markets in Poland

December 21st, 2016

Christmas time is the most magical period of the year in Poland. The omnipresent atmosphere of kindness and happiness created by the presence of both locals and foreign visitors celebrating together is contagious.

The best thing about Christmas in Poland appears to be the combination of Polish traditions and customs together with the hospitality of the local people. Everyone seems to be more friendly, helpful and sociable than at any other time of the year. One can feel this unusual aura, at the main market squares in largest Polish cities like: Warsaw, Kraków, Wrocław, Gdańsk, Olsztyn, Toruń etc.

Christmas market in Wrocław, Lower Silesia region of Poland

Christmas market in Wrocław, Lower Silesia region of Poland

Christmas market in Krakow in the Lesser Poland region

Evening at the Christmas market in Krakow, in the Lesser Poland region

Christmas markets are the best places to meet with friends and relatives and have a cup of mulled wine or mead. It must be remembered that Christmas markets, which are set up every year a month before Christmas Eve, are a part of Polish tradition.

That’s why you should definitely consider visiting Poland during that time! Christmas markets offer unforgettable artistic and culinary events. At the markets you can purchase beautiful Christmas decorations such as: hand-made glass Christmas tree ornaments, tinsels and Christmas lights. You can also become a happy owner of a real Christmas tree. The joyful atmosphere at the markets is additionally created by the sound of Christmas carols, played in both Polish and English. However, the main attraction of each and every Christmas market in Poland remains nativity scene. The one in Krakow presents hand-made figures of the Holy Family and some replicas of Krakow’s famous monuments.

People are listening Christmas carols

People listening to Christmas carols at the Christmas market in Wroclaw

Foreign visitors feel tempted to come to Christmas markets where they can learn about Polish traditions, get original presents, and try some home-made treats and products originating from various regions of Poland, e.g. meads, roasted chestnuts, gingerbread or oscypek – smoked sheep cheese made by highlanders from Podhale region.

Christmas decorations for sale

Christmas ornaments for sale at the Wroclaw Christmas market

Christmas decoration for sale

Gingerbread hearts for sale at the Wroclaw Christmas market

It’s amazing to be here – said Graeme from Ireland. It’s my first time in Cracow (Krakow) and I’m impressed! I wasn’t sure about coming to Poland at winter time because my Polish friends told me that winters here are very cold and severe. But now I realize that the decision I have made was totally right! I’ve just bought some Christmas decorations for my parents and I’m sure that they’ll love it!”

Main square - meeting place

Holiday display at the Main Market Square in Wroclaw

Here are dates for 2016 Christmas Markets – Jarmarki Bozonarodzeniowe in various major cities across Poland:

Warsaw (November 24 – January 6)

Kraków (November 25 – December 26)

Wrocław (November 23 – December 23)

Gdańsk (December  6 – December 23)

Olsztyn (December 13 – December 16)

Toruń (December 15 – December 23)

Merry Christmas Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia!

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