Christmas atmosphere in Warsaw December is slowly coming, so is Christmas. Snow, low temperatures, decorated streets, rearranged shop windows and, most importantly, the feeling of “waiting” in the air, these are the first signs of upcoming Christmas.
Do not miss the lighting of Christmas illuminations! Every year, thousands of lights turn the city into a fabulous land. Concerts and many other fantastic attractions are held for this occasion. The beautifully decorated Old Town and Royal Route will be full of tourists and residents walking by, they never seem to be bothered by very low temperatures while admiring this fantastic setting.
The closer it gets to Christmas, the bigger the number of stands and stalls in the Old Town and its vicinity. They offer regional specialties, gifts, decorations, and delicious mulled wine. In many churches (especially in the Old Town), you can see Christmas cribs, while Christmas carols which can be heard remind people about the upcoming joyful Christmas.
The Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów once again invites to the Garden of Light . Colourful alleys, the Labyrinth of Light, the Light Promenade, the Golden Yard are just some of the attractions gradually made available in the garden. It is truly a magical idea and if you are ready to start with the Christmas season, you simply have to check it!
Christmas atmosphere can also be experienced in theatres across Warsaw. We suggest offers of Rampa Theatre which relies on classics. You can of course see “A Christmas Carol” or “A my do Betlejem” . The youngest ones will be amazed by “The Nutcracker” (in Palladium Theatre) and fantastic spectacles on ice, which are held in Torwar: “Snow White” and “Beauty and the Beast” in “on ice” versions! . The Moscow City Ballet comes to Warsaw annually and this year is not an exception. After Saint Nicholas’ Day, we invite you to Warsaw Philharmonic for “The Swan Lake” .
On 6th December we celebrate Saint Nicholas’ Day in Poland, it is like an announcement of upcoming Christmas, by giving each other small gifts. You can find many interesting presents for example at St. Nicholas fairs. Jabłkowski Brothers Department Store is organising Wzory 612 fairs that day . Over 200 Polish designers will present their clothes, accessories and other goods. The event will be accompanied by workshops and lectures. On the same day, Kobiety Pistolety na Mikołajki fairs are going to be held in 1500m2. There will be 5 zones, for example, for children, beauty zone, clothes zone, and others. It is also a chance to sell your own clothes! . Do not forget about the 2nd Santa Run in Warsaw, A 10 kilometre long distance where every single kilometre equals some money for charity! There is only one requirement – every participant must wear a Santa suit, at least a hat!
When searching for unique Christmas gifts, original clothes and accessories, it is worth visiting other fashion fairs. At oriental Christmas fairs held in the Asia and Pacific Museum you can buy handicraft products, jewellery and other Asian accessories . One of the biggest and most popular fairs are taking place on 13-14 December at the National Stadium. Of course, we mean “HUSH Warsaw" The highest quality, new designers from Poland and other countries – you will find there simply everything. At the same time, “Slow Weekend” fairs are also being held, and as the name suggests, they focus on the idea of “slow”. Lots of attractions are planned, including a chill-out zone, where you can take care of your nails, and obviously a zone with clothes, a zone for children and many, many more. One thing is essential – the whole event is all about having fun and smart shopping!
Winter and Christmas is also a great time for hanging out with friends at an ice rink! Every year, several ice rinks are opened in Warsaw, for example, in Torwar, Stegny, by the Palace of Culture and Science. We strongly recommend the one (well, actually three) at the National Stadium. An Ice Town was opened there on 8th November . It is full of attractions: 3 ice rinks, an ice hill, shows, an ice bar, a disco ice rink, Christmas fairs, attractions for kids, and many, many more!
Make sure you also follow what restaurants in Warsaw have to offer. They include traditional Christmas specialties to their menus. We particularly recommend places specialising in traditional Polish cuisine where you can surely enjoy delicious bigos, pierogi and Christmas beetroot soup: Dom Polski , Grand Kredens , Akademia Smaku , Dawne Smaki.
Remember, follow the events calendar carefully on our website and you will never miss anything important!