Warsaw is the capital of Poland and it nestles on the Vistula River. The Old Town of this sprawling city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is full of historic architecture including the Royal Castle, a former palace with a museum. The Old Town also features a number of excellent restaurants. The artistic neighborhood of Praga is well worth a visit, with its galleries and workshops, while the Palace of Culture and Science is a Soviet landmark dating back to the 1950s, offering wonderful views across the city. Throughout this cultural city, it is possible to experience the legacy of Chopin. The city comes alive during the festive season, when visitors can experience some of the top Christmas Markets in Warsaw, Poland, listed below.
1. Christmas Crafts Fair in the Warsaw Old Town (Barbakan)
The Barbican Christmas Crafts Fair will be held in Warsaw’s Old Town from November 22 to January 6. Stalls will offer a range of craft products from Poland and foreign exhibitors, including clothing, hats, jewelry, Christmas decorations, and toys. There will be plenty of mulled wine and hot chocolate to enjoy, along with Turkish halva, Lithuanian cold cuts, Hungarian Kurt and delicious pancakes. Children can enjoy taking part in ceramic workshops, creating their own gifts, watching traditional blacksmithing or sending a letter to Santa Claus.
Christmas Crafts Fair in the Warsaw Old Town (Barbakan)
Address: Old Town Square, Warsaw, Poland
Dates: November 22 - January 6
2. Christmas Market in Royal Wilanów, Warsaw
The Christmas Market in Wilanów (ul. Klimczaka 1) offers a number of quaint wooden huts selling traditional Christmas gifts, including locally produced arts and crafts, toys, jewelry, home-ware, knitted items, traditional food and drink. The stalls will be in the recreation area of the Royal Palace from December 8 until December 23.
Christmas Market in Royal Wilanów, Warsaw
Address: ul. Klimczaka 1, Wilanów, Warsaw, Poland
Dates: December 8 - December 23: 9am - 8pm
3. Christmas Market in Warsaw's Royal Castle Square
The Christmas Market in Royal Castle Square is where the city places its annual Christmas tree, sparkling with fairy lights. This is one of the most beautiful Christmas fairs in Poland, where visitors can enjoy mulled wine and hot chocolate, along with delicious traditional dishes, including sausages, snacks and sweets. Stalls are set up with traditional Christmas gifts, festive decorations and hand-crafted items such as pottery, knitwear, jewelry and toys. Santa Claus will be there to meet the children and find out what they want for the holiday and to have the obligatory photo taken.
Christmas Market in Warsaw's Royal Castle Square
Address: Royal Castle Square, Old Town, Warsaw, Poland
Opening hours: November 24 - January 7: Sun - Thu: 11am - 8pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 9:30pm
4. Christmas Market in front of the Palace of Culture and Science
The Christmas Market in front of the Palace of Culture and Science is a traditional market set among the grandeur of the Stalinist architecture of Warsaw. The building soars above the market stalls, selling quaint Christmas gifts, including knitwear, jewelry, hand-crafts, toys and clothing, as well as Christmas decorations and traditional food and drink.
Christmas Market in front of the Palace of Culture and Science
Address: Plac Defilad 1, 00-901 Warszawa, Poland
Website: Palace of Culture and Science
5. Christmas at the ZOO Market
This popular flea market is located across the road from the Warsaw Zoo, but don’t be misled by its name! No animals are involved here. The market is holding a “Fair of Fancy Things” with more than 50 stalls offering vintage jewelry, antiques, vintage clothing, toys, cosmetics, candles, books and other items, perfect as unique and unusual Christmas gifts, along with beautiful Christmas decorations. There is also a cafe serving hot drinks and snacks.
Christmas at the ZOO Market
Address: Pl. Żelazna Brama 1, Warsaw, Poland
Website: Christmas at the ZOO Market
Opening hours: December 14 - 15: Sat: 10am - 8pm; Sun: 10am - 6pm
6. Christmas Market at Zlote Tarasy
The Christmas Market is located in the center of Warsaw at Zlote Tarasy, the most prestigious commercial art gallery in Poland, next to the central station. The market will offer 28 wooden chalets selling beautiful Christmas decorations based on those sold in traditional German Christmas markets.
Christmas Market at Zlote Tarasy
Address: Zlote Tarasy, Warsaw, Poland
Website: Christmas Market at Zlote Tarasy
Opening hours: December 6 - December 21
Experience Christmas in Warsaw
Make a plan to visit this interesting and historic city, exploring its beautiful Old Town with its many museums and palaces, browsing the many shops and markets and dining at the many excellent, traditional restaurants. Head to this great city during the festive season when you can experience some of the top Christmas markets in Warsaw, Poland, and take home some truly original gifts for your loved ones.
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