Top 7 Christmas Markets In Warsaw, Poland - Updated 2024

christmas markets in warsaw
Anne
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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. Book the top Airbnb vacation rentals if you’re looking for some privacy or hotels for your trip now, because the city comes alive during the festive season, when visitors can experience some of the top Christmas Markets in Warsaw, Poland, listed below.

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Winter in Warsaw

  • According to Weather Atlas, Warsaw experiences winter from December through February with average temperatures ranging from 1.9°C (35.4°F) to -4.8°C (23.4°F). Snowfalls and frosts are quite common in January, so be sure to pack some warm clothes.

Christmas traditions in Poland

According to Poland.pl, Polish Christmas traditions revolve around celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Some of these are listed here:

  • Families decorate the Christmas tree
  • Sharing a Christmas wafer to seek forgiveness
  • Singing Christmas carols and exchanging gifts
  • Enjoying the Christmas-Eve dinner on 24th December

Poland also witnesses various colorful Christmas markets set up in streets, squares, and attractions all across the different cities. So, if you’re planning on visiting Warsaw during the holidays, be sure to check them out. For more, information on the Christmas market, browse through our detailed guide.

Christmas markets in Warsaw

1. Christmas Market near Praga District

Editor's Note: There's no photo available at the time of writing

Nothing beats walking around one of Warsaw’s oldest towns and its quaint squares. During the holiday season, the streets of Praga and Old Town are adorned with bright lights and lined with stalls selling all things beautiful. This Christmas market around the district of Praga often takes place at Castle Square.

Kiosks offer delicious hot chocolate and mulled wine, so you can keep warm as you do your shopping. If you’re on the hunt for handmade crafts and winter clothing or accessories, this holiday market won’t let you leave empty-handed. I feel this market is perfect for families who can shop, dine, and have a great time together!

Christmas Market near Praga District

Address: Old Town Market Place, Warsaw, Poland

Market highlights: Hot chocolate, mulled wine, handmade crafts, and winter clothing or accessories

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2. Christmas Crafts Fair in the Warsaw Old Town (Barbakan)

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Barbakan Rzemiosłem Zdobiony Warszawa on Wednesday, December 25, 2019

The Barbican Christmas Crafts Fair will be held in Warsaw’s Old Town from November to January. 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 at this Warsaw Christmas market. I believe this market is ideal for families with kids who 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

Website: Christmas Crafts Fair in the Warsaw Old Town Barbakan

Market highlights: Clothing, hats, jewelry, Christmas decorations, toys, mulled wine, hot chocolate, Turkish halva, Lithuanian cold cuts, Hungarian Kurt, and pancakes

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3. Christmas Market in Royal Wilanów, Warsaw

Editor's Note: There's no photo available at the time of writing

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. I cannot wait to explore this market and buy something for myself. The stalls will be in the recreation area of the Royal Palace.

Christmas Market in Royal Wilanów, Warsaw

Address: plac Zamkowy 4, 00-277 Warszawa, Poland

Market highlights: Christmas gifts, locally produced arts and crafts, toys, jewelry, home-ware, knitted items, and traditional food and drink

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4. Christmas Market in Warsaw's Royal Castle Square

Christmas Tree near Royal Castle in Warsaw
Source: Pexels

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

Market highlights: Mulled wine, hot chocolate, traditional dishes, including sausages, snacks, sweets, Christmas gifts, festive decorations, and hand-crafted items such as pottery, knitwear, jewelry, and toys

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5. Christmas Market in front of the Palace of Culture and Science

Pałac Kultury i Nauki i diabelski młyn
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Panek used under CC BY-SA 4.0

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

Market highlights: Regional handicrafts, holiday decorations, jewelry, sweets, mulled wine, pierogi, Georgian chinkals, Japanese gyosis, Indian samosas, Turkish mantas, Vietnamese hacao, Spanish empanadas, dim sums, and Italian ravioli

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6. Christmas at the ZOO Market

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

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Posted by ZOO Market on Wednesday, January 19, 2022

This popular Warsaw 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. I would love to explore the variety of stuff available here. There is also a cafe serving hot drinks and snacks.

Christmas at the ZOO Market

Address: Plac Konesera 8, 03-736 Warsaw, Poland

Market highlights: Vintage jewelry, antiques, vintage clothing, toys, cosmetics, candles, books, mulled wine, hot chocolate, and wintery teas

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7. Christmas Market at Zlote Tarasy

Zlote Tarasy
Source: Photo by Flickr user Andrzej Wrotek used under CC BY-ND 2.0

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. As an explorer, I am always excited to see unique things and cannot wait to visit here and experience the blend of a Polish market with German influence.

Christmas Market at Zlote Tarasy

Address: Złota 59, 00-120 Warszawa, Poland

Dates: For updated dates and hours, please visit the official website of Zlote Tarasy

Website: Christmas Market at Zlote Tarasy

Market highlights: Christmas decorations inspired by German markets

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Experience Christmas in Warsaw

Ready to see Warsaw at Christmas? 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, and take home some truly original gifts for your loved ones.

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Anne Sewell was born in England, but has spent most of her life in Africa - Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa - and now resides on the beautiful Costa del Sol in southern Spain. She loves writing...Read more

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