What to do in Warsaw during Christmas: December 23-26

What to do in Warsaw during Christmas

Outdoor holiday activities and ideas for Christmas in Warsaw

  • Visit “The Royal Garden of Lights” in Wilanów

Open on: December 23, 25, and 26
Location: Wilanów Palace Garden, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street, 4 pm – 9 pm. Monday – Friday, regular tickets 10 PLN, reduced tickets 5 PLN. Saturday – Sunday, regular tickets 20 PLN, reduced tickets 10 PLN. Free admission for children under 7 (every day). It can be crowded during weekends and holidays, buy tickets online to skip the line. Please note that the PALACE Museum is closed until January 9. Mappings (illumination, picture, and sound) on the Palace facade on Saturdays and Sundays (15 minutes) at 5.30 pm, 6.30 pm, 7.30 pm, and 8.30 pm.

  • Enjoy one of Christmas outdoor markets in Warsaw

Open on: December 23-26
Christmas Market in the Old Town
Location: Warsaw Old Town, next to the Castle Square and Sigismund’s Column. Open every day: Saturday 11 am – 9.30 pm, Sunday 11 am – 5 pm (not all stalls will be open), Monday – Tuesday 11 am – 8 pm. Facebook page in Polish.

Open on: December 23
Christmas Market – Złote Tarasy
Location: the area between Złote Tarasy shopping mall and Dworzec Centralny (railway station). 10 am – 9 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Open on: December 23
Christmas Market – Ochota
Location: Plac / Square Narutowicza (Ochota). 10 am – 6 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Open on: December 23
Christmas Market – Praga
Location: Zoo Market, Solidarności 55 Street (Praga). 10 am – 4 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Open on: December 23
Christmas Market – Wilanów
Location: Royal Wilanów, Klimczaka 1 Street. 2 pm – 8 pm.

  • Visit Multimedia Fountain Park for light and music show

December 23-26
Location: Skwer Dywizji 1, Podzamcze (city center), free entrance. Christmas season: Fifteen-minute light and music shows, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 4, 5, and 6 pm; Monday-Tuesday 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 pm (until January 28). Click here to read our tips in English about Multimedia Fountain Park (how to get there, where to have coffee etc.)

  • Go ice-skating

Open on: December 23 and December 26
Rink at Royal Wilanów 
Location: Klimczaka 1 Street. Opening hours: 2 pm – 9 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Open on: December 23
Rink at Torwar
Location: Łazienkowska 6A Street (city center). Opening hours: 6.30 pm – 8 pm. Facebook page in Polish.

Open on: December 23-24, and December 26
Rink at the Old Town
Location: Old Town Square (city center). Opening hours: Saturday 10 am – 9 pm. Sunday 10 am – 2 pm, Tuesday 1 pm – 9 pm. Facebook page in Polish.

Open on: December 23-24, and December 26
Rink at the Palace of Culture and Science
Location: Palace of Culture and Science (from Świętokrzyska street side). Opening hours: Saturday 10 am – 9 pm. Sunday 10 am – 2 pm, Tuesday 1 pm – 9 pm. Website in Polish.

Open on: December 23 and December 25-26
Rink at the National Stadium
Location: PGE National Stadium, Al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1 Street (Praga). Opening hours: Saturday 9 am – 12 am. Monday 12.30 pm – 12 am, Tuesday 9 am – 12 am. Website in English.

Open every day, including holidays
“Figlowisko” Rink in Ursynów
Location: Aleja Komisji Edukacji Narodowej 60 Street. Opening hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. The website, info about tickets, and Facebook page.

Open on: December 23-24 and December 26
Rink at Stegny
Location: Inspektowa 1 Street (Mokotów). Opening hours: Saturday 12 pm – 2 pm, 3 pm – 5 pm, 6 pm – 8 pm. Sunday 12 pm – 2 pm. Tuesday 12 pm – 2 pm, 3 pm – 5 pm, 6 pm – 8 pm. The website, info about tickets, and Facebook page.

Open on: December 23-24 
Rink at Plac Europejski
Location: Plac / Square Europejski (Wola). Opening hours: Saturday 11 am – 9 pm. Sunday 11 am – 4 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

  • Visit Warsaw Zoo

Open every day
Location: Ratuszowa 1/3 Street (Praga). Warsaw Zoo is open EVERY DAY (including bank holidays). Click here to read Warsaw Zoo Guidebook in English (How to get there by public transport? How to get there by car? Where to look for a parking spot? Tickets. How to skip the line? Opening hours. Key facts and numbers. Zoo map and main attractions. Lunch, coffee, snacks in Warsaw zoo. Attractions for kids. The Żabiński villa. Feeding times. Where to hide from the rain. Handicapped access. Warsaw zoo rules. Infrastructure changes in 2017).

  • Go skiing in Warsaw

Open on: December 23 (10 am – 8 pm), December 24 (10 am – 2 pm), December 26 (10 am – 8 pm)
Location: Górka Szczęśliwicka, Drawska 22 Street (Ochota). Website and Facebook page in Polish.

  • Have a walk and admire holiday lights, decorations, and illumination around Warsaw

Location: 20 km of streets. Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy) – the highest Christmas tree in Poland (27 meters). “The Royal Route” – Castle Square, Krakowskie Przedmieście, Nowy Świat, Trzech Krzyży Square, Aleje Ujazdowskie to Belweder. The Old and New Town – Old Town Market Place, Świętojańska, Piwna, Zapiecek Streets, Nowomiejska Street, the Barbican, Podwale, Freta Street and Mariensztat. Lights on other streets in Warsaw: Mokotowska Street, Bankowy Square, Marszałkowska Street (from Królewska Street to Konstytucji Square), Grzybowski Square, Emilii Plater Street, Świętokrzyska Street (from ONZ Roundabout to Marszałkowska Street), Jerozolimskie Avenue (from Warszawa Centralna Station to Waszyngtona Roundabout and Poniatowskiego Bridge). Saska Kępa and Praga – Francuska, Targowa and Ząbkowska Street, Solidarności Avenue (from Bankowy Square to Wileński Square, including Śląsko-Dąbrowski Bridge). The lights will be on until February 2, 2018.

Indoor holiday activities and ideas for Christmas in Warsaw 

  • Do some shopping at Christmas indoor markets

Open on: December 23
Breakfast Market in Żoliborz – Christmas edition
Location: Nowy Fort (Fort Sokolnickiego), Stefana Czarnieckiego 51 Street, 9 am – 3 pm. During Breakfast Market you can buy local, international, and organic food. Facebook event in Polish.

Open on: December 23
Christmas Market at Hala Gwardii
Location: Hala Gwardii, Plac Żelaznej Bramy 1 (city center), 9 am – 8 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

  • Attend special Christmas Eve Mass (pasterka

December 24
It’s a special Christmas Eve mass – usually at midnight, very ceremonial, you will have a chance to listen to and/or sing Christmas carols during the mass. You can attend Christmas Eve mass at every church in Poland, usually at midnight. Check out the location of churches in Warsaw with services in Polish: Warsaw on the left bank of the Vistula, and Warsaw on the right bank of the Vistula. If you prefer a mass in English,  St. Paul’s English Speaking Catholic Parish of Warsaw offers service in English (Christmas Eve mass in English at 10 pm – Facebook event in English). Click here to read our post about Christmas traditions in Poland.

  • Visit churches in the Old Townnativity scenes

December 25-26
It is worth visiting churches in the Old Town during Christmas – each church builds its own unique nativity scene. Sometimes modern and metaphorical, sometimes just with lots of details that children will love, e.g. animals, angels. 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 until January 14, 2018, 10 am – 8 pm, free entrance.

  • Visit museums, galleries, exhibitions

Open on: December 23
Copernicus Science Center Location: Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle). Click here to read our tips in English on visiting the Copernicus (where to have lunch, opening hours etc.).

Open on: December 23 and December 26
LEGO exhibition Location: PGE National Stadium, Al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1 Street (Praga). 10 am – 8 pm. Click here to buy tickets online. Facebook event in Polish. Website in Polish. The Exhibition runs until March 25, 2018.

Open on: December 23 and December 26
Gallery of Polish Design (a new permanent exhibition) & Biedermeier exposition (only until January 7) Location: the National Museum, Jerozolimskie 3 Street (city center). Click here to read our tips in English on visiting the Museum (opening hours, tickets, where to have lunch etc.). Click here to read more in English about the Design Exhibition and about Biedermeier exposition.

Open on: December 23 and December 26
POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews Location: Anielewicza 6 Street (Muranów). Click here to read our tips in English (opening hours, tickets, where to have lunch etc.), and here to see the photos and read our feature story in English about visiting the POLIN Museum with children.

  • Go swimming at Warszawianka

Open on: December 23 (6.30 am – 10 pm), December 24 (6.30 am – 2 pm), December 26 (2 pm – 10 pm)
Location: Warszawianka swimming pool, Merliniego 4 Street (Mokotów). Website in English.

  • Go to the movies

Cinema City movie theaters: December 24 – closed, December 25 – open from 3 pm, December 26 – open all day. Luna: December 24-25 closed, December 26 – open from 2 pm. MuranówDecember 24-25 closed, December 26 – open all day. Atlantic: December 24 – closed, December 25-26 open. Multikino Złote Tarasy: December 24 – closed, December 25 – open from 1 pm, December 26 – open all day. Click here to browse the show times in Warsaw.

  • Yes, some of the restaurants in Warsaw will be open during the holidays!;)

The list of restaurants that are open in Warsaw during the holiday season by Warsaw Foodie.


Click here to learn more about the Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas traditions in Poland: first star, the Christmas wafer, an extra seat, hay under the tablecloth, 12 dishes (meat-free), special midnight mass.

Christmas in Poland


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