Events and things to do in Warsaw in December
- December 1
Concert on the occasion of St. Lucia Day by Young Cathedral Voices Choir from Uppsala
Location: Plac Małachowskiego 1 (city center), free entrance – tickets to pick up at the entrance one hour before the concert, number of tickets limited, 7 pm. Facebook event in Polish.
- December 1 – January 7, 2018
Christmas Market in the Old Town
Location: Warsaw Old Town, next to the Castle Square and Sigismund’s Column. Open every day (Monday – Thursday and Sunday 11 am – 8 pm, Friday – Saturday 11 am – 9.30 pm), free entrance. Facebook event in Polish and English.
- December 1 – February 25, 2018
“The Royal Garden of Lights”
Location: Wilanów Palace Garden, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street. Open every day until February 25, 2018: 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, buy tickets online to skip the line. Click here to read Kids in the City tips on visiting the Wilanów Palace Museum and Park. Mappings (illumination, picture, and sound) on the Palace façade on Saturdays and Sundays (15 minutes) at 5.30 pm, 6.30 pm, 7.30 pm, and 8.30 pm.
- December 2
Vietnamese Culture Festival – “Wietnam – Ba Lan 3”
Location: Museum of Asia and the Pacific, Solec 24 Street (Powiśle). Free entrance, 4 pm – 7.15 pm. Facebook event in Polish. Click here to read our tips on visiting the Museum of Asia and the Pacific.
- December 2
The Warsaw Barbórka Car Rally (Rajd Barbórka)
Locations: Modlin, Bemowo and famous section of the rally in the city center – Karowa Street. Click here to buy tickets online, and here to read more in Polish and English. Facebook event in Polish.
- December 2
Dog Day Festival – Pet Fair
Location: SOHO Factory, Mińska 25 Street (Praga), free entrance, 10 am – 6 pm. Facebook event in Polish.
- December 2-3
- December 2-17
The International Theatre Festival for Early Years “TAKE PART IN ART”
Performances for children 1-6. Artists from Italy, Belgium, Austria, Spain, and Canada. In December, theaters from Belgium and Austria. Click here to read more in English.
- December 2 – end of winter season
- December 3
Location: Dom Towarowy Bracia Jabłkowscy, Bracka 25 Street (city center), 11 am – 7 pm, tickets 2 PLN. Facebook event in Polish.
- December 6
St. Nicholas’ Day (Mikołajki)
The name Mikołajki comes from Mikołaj (Polish for Nicholas), meaning little Nicholas. Children usually receive little treats – candies or small toys. One of the traditions is to hide treats in shoes. Children should clean them the night before and the next morning (on Mikołajki) they would find inside their shoe a small surprise.
- December 7-14
17th International Film Festival – WATCH DOCS – Human Rights in Film
Location: Kino Muranów, Center for Contemporary Art (Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski), Kino Elektronik, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Free entrance. Read more in English. Facebook event in Polish.
- December 9
Launch of Christmas Illuminations and Decorations in Warsaw
Location: 20 km of streets in the city center and Multimedia Fountain Park in Podzamcze (light fountains shows at 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 pm).
- December 9-10
SLOW Weekend – Christmas Fair
Location: Mińska 65 (Praga). Free entrance, 11 am – 7 pm. 350 Polish brands, slow food court, kids zone. Facebook event in Polish.
- December 9-10
Chocolate Weekend at the Wedel Chocolate Factory
Location: Zamoyskiego 28/30 Street, entrance from Lubelska Street (Praga). Free entrance (you have to book your tickets online for a particular slot and bring a printed ticket, it’s very popular event, you can book your tickets from November 29, 10 am), 9 am – 5.50 pm. Attractions include visiting the factory, the gallery of chocolate figures, chocolate tasting.
- December 10
Art Fair (Targowisko Sztuki)
Location: Arkady Kubickiego (Kubicki Arcades) at the Warsaw Royal Castle. 11 am – 4 pm, free entrance. A chance to admire or buy art works of students and graduates of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts and visit the Kubicki Arcades. Click here to read more in English. Facebook event in Polish.
- December 16
“Mamaville” Mother & Baby Expo – Christmas Edition
Location: Arena Ursynów, Pileckiego 122 Street, 10 am – 5 pm, free entrance. Clothes and accessories for kids and pregnant women, workshops, food. Facebook event in Polish and English.
- December 17-21
- December 24
Christmas Eve (Wigilia)
Christmas Eve is not a public holiday in Poland. Most shops and businesses are open no longer than 2-3 pm. The grand dinner (12 meat-free courses, including carp fish, beetroot soup, dumplings, cabbage with mushrooms) starts (only after the first star is visible on the sky) with sharing the Christmas wafer (opłatek). Another tradition is to have an extra seat for an unexpected guest or put some hay under the tablecloth to remind guests that Jesus was born in a stable. Gifts are open after the dinner is finished. After dinner, people attend a special midnight mass (pasterka).
- December 25
Christmas Day (Boże Narodzenie)
Bank holiday. People celebrate together with family and friends, they go to church, sing carols, spend long hours at the table;)
- December 26
Second Day of Christmas (Drugi Dzień Świąt Bożego Narodzenia)
Bank holiday. It is worth visiting churches in the Old Town in Warsaw or any other big city – 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.
- December 31
New Year’s Eve / St. Silvestre’s Day (Sylwester)
Start of the carnival season in Poland. People usually go out to parties and balls. At midnight or even before, fireworks shows start, arranged by the city authorities but also outside of apartments, in parks, playgrounds etc. Stores are usually open no longer than 5-6 pm. Very difficult to order a taxi;) In Warsaw, New Year’s Eve party and fireworks will be organized this year at Plac Bankowy (Bankowy Square, Ratusz Arsenał metro station ).
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