Things to do in Warsaw this Christmas season
Winter illuminations in Warsaw in 2018/2019 season
Winter illuminations and shows – the Multimedia Fountain Park
Location: Skwer Dywizji Pancernej (the area between the Old Town and Vistula), free entrance. Starting from December 8, the holiday illuminations at the Fountain Park will be on every day from 3 pm. 15-minutes shows with music each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm. On December 8, 25, 26, 31 and January 6, 2019 – additional shows at 7 pm and 8 pm. More in English. The illuminations are on until January 28, 2019.
Winter illuminations in Łazienki Royal Garden
Location: Łazienki Royal Garden, Chinese Avenue (Aleja Chińska), from Agrykola Street entrance to Gagarina Street entrance. The lights are on every day until 9 pm. Photos and more in Polish. The illuminations are on until February 28, 2019.
“The Royal Garden of Lights” – illuminations festival in the Wilanów Garden until February 24, 2019
Location: Wilanów Garden, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street. Opening hours: 4 pm – 9 pm. Monday – Thursday, regular tickets 10 PLN, reduced tickets 5 PLN. Friday – Sunday, regular tickets 20 PLN, reduced tickets 10 PLN. Free admission for children under 7 (every day). It can be crowded during weekends, buy tickets online to skip the line. Mappings (illumination, picture, and sound) on the Palace façade on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 5.30 pm, 6.30 pm, 7.30 pm. Click here to read Kids in the City tips in English on visiting the Wilanów Palace Museum and Park.
Winter illuminations and decorations in Warsaw streets (20 km of streets)
The main attractions focus on the “The Royal Route” – Castle Square/Plac Zamkowy (including the Christmas tree), Krakowskie Przedmieście Street, Nowy Świat Street, Trzech Krzyży Square, Aleje Ujazdowskie Street to Belweder next to the Royal Łazienki Garden. Other locations include The Old Town, Aleje Jerozolimskie Street(from Warszawa Centralna Railway Station to Rondo Waszyngtona Roundabout and Poniatowskiego Bridge), Mokotowska Street, Bankowy Square, Marszałkowska Street (from Królewska Street to Konstytucji Square), Świętokrzyska Street (from ONZ Roundabout to Marszałkowska Street), Targowa Street, Solidarności Street (from Bankowy Square to Wileński Square, including Śląsko-Dąbrowski Bridge). New locations this year include Miodowa Street and Plac Krasińskich.
Winter and holiday attractions in Warsaw
Outdoor Christmas Market in the Old Town until January 6, 2019
Location: Warsaw Old Town, the Warsaw Barbican area, next to the Castel Square (Plac Zamkowy). Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 am – 8 pm, Friday-Saturday 11 am – 9.30 pm, December 25-26 11 am – 9.30 pm. Souvenirs, gifts, local crafts and food like pierogi, hot chocolate or… ice-cream. Facebook event in Polish.
Winter sports zones at the National Stadium (ice rinks, ice hill, curling) – Zimowy Narodowy
Location: PGE National Stadium, Al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1 Street (Praga). Info about the opening hours. Info about tickets. Website in English. Click here to read our post about ice skating rinks in Warsaw.
Visit churches in the Old Town – nativity scenes
Each church builds its own unique nativity scene (szopka) for the Christmas season. Sometimes they are modern and metaphorical, sometimes with lots of details that children will love, eg. animals, angels, different figures, ornaments. Churches in Poland are usually open during the day until the evening. There is also an animated nativity scene with moving statues in Kościół Przemienienia Pańskiego (Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord), Miodowa 13 Street (Old Town). Open from December 25, 2018, free entrance. Click here to read our post about Christmas traditions in Poland.
Click here to check out Christmas markets in Poland (including winter fairs in Warsaw this holiday season).
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