Warsaw Christmas Market

Warsaw Christmas Market
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Poland’s largest and most famous Christmas market is held in the city of Wroclaw (Breslau in German), the historical capital of Silesia. However, the country’s capital also hosts several Christmas markets that are worthy of your attention. The main Christmas market in Warsaw takes place in the Old Town Market Place (Rynek Starego Miasta) located in the heart of the city. Two more Christmas markets are held near the Warsaw Barbican and in Żoliborz, one of the northern districts of Warsaw.

Traditionally, the most spectacular Christmas market in any European city is held in the historical city center, commonly referred to as Old Town. The Warsaw Christmas market in the Old Town Market Place is not an exception. This market is a major tourist attraction and the highlight of the Christmas season in the capital of Poland. It welcomes its guests with artfully decorated wooden chalets and an impressive choice of traditional Christmas goods, Polish souvenirs and local delicacies.

At the Warsaw Christmas market, merchants and artisans offer beautiful handicrafts made of amber, ceramics, glass and wood, traditional Christmas decorations, knitwear, jewelry, clothing and accessories, toys, and more. Foods stalls invite you to taste Polish dishes and Christmas treats including local cheeses, mazurek (cake baked for Easter and Christmas), makówki (poppy-seed based dessert), pierogi (filled dumplings), sausages, gingerbread, spicy mulled wine, and grzane piwo (hot beer with spices).

Of course, the Old Town Christmas market in Warsaw doesn’t limit your holiday experience to shopping. It offers a rich and diverse entertainment program which includes practical demonstrations and workshops by local artisans (wood carvers, blacksmiths, candle makers, etc.), caroling, live performances, fairground rides, and more. The square is dominated by a beautifully decorated Christmas tree that creates a festival atmosphere.

As we’ve already mentioned above, the Christmas market in the Old Town Market Square is considered Warsaw’s main Christmas market. However, it has been canceled in the past due to reconstruction works in the city’s Old Town, so there are alternatives. For instance, the Żoliborz Christmas market is becoming increasingly popular. It is held in Wilson Square (Plac Wilsona), the chief square of the borough of Żoliborz. The market offers a wide range of products from different regions of Poland as well as from neighboring countries.

Warsaw Christmas market




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