Events and things to do in Poland in January 2020: festivals, exhibitions, concerts, fairs, theaters

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Weather in Poland in January

January is the coldest month in Poland. The average temperature in January in Poland is -1,5°C / 30,2°F. The average rainfall level in Poland in January is 37 mm. The Polish name for January – styczeń – comes from the word stykać meaning to connect old and new year. Sunset on January 1: 3.33 pm, January 31: 4.20 pm.

Winter in Poland is cold and usually snowy. To stay cozy in cold weather in Poland, you will need a hat, coat, scarf, gloves, and winter boots. The weather during the winter in Poland differs. Usually, the temperature is around freezing or a few degrees below, but it happens that the temperature drops below -20 °C (-4 °F). Recent years have seen an increase in average winter temperatures compared to previous years. Trends also indicate that we can start getting used to relatively warmer December in Poland and winter shifting for the period from January to March.

Read more about the weather and winter in Poland.

Shopping Sunday and trade ban Sundays in Poland in January 2020

In January 2020, there is one shopping Sunday in Poland: January 26. January 5, 12, and 19 are trade ban Sundays in Poland. Click here to read our post about shopping Sundays in Poland in 2020.

Holidays, observances & celebrations in Poland in January 2020

  • January 1

New Year’s Day (Nowy Rok)
A bank holiday in Poland – stores, malls, shopping centers are closed, only some smaller local convenience stores can be open (eg. Żabka). You can do basic shopping at gas stations.

  • January 6

Epiphany / The Three Wise Kings (Trzech Króli)
A bank holiday in Poland, stores are closed. Christian holiday commemorating the three wise kings’ visit to infant Jesus. In Warsaw and other big cities, there are street parades. There is a tradition in Poland to write with chalk brought from the church above the entrance of your home: K+M+B (or C+M+B). The letters have two meanings: they represent the initials of Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar (Kacper, Melchior, Baltazar); it’s also the abbreviation of the Latin phrase Christus mansionem benedicat (May Christ bless this house).

  • January 12

Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, 28th Grand Finale (Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy)
The biggest charity event in Poland. 2020 winter fundraiser will be held to raise funds to support pediatric surgery and treatment. Many concerts, shows and other events all over Poland. Volunteers (including many children) collect money on the streets giving away to all donors red stickers in the shape of a heart. Facebook event in Polish, and the Foundation’s website in English.

  • January 21 & January 22

Grandmother’s Day & Grandfather’s Day (Dzień Babci & Dzień Dziadka)
People meet or call their grandparents to honor them. In kindergartens, there are usually events for grandparents.

Read more about public holidays and dates to remember in Poland in winter 2020.

Events in WROCŁAW in January 2020

Our tips on visiting Wrocław with kids.

  • January 11

“Bethlehem in Poland” – a concert of Polish and international carols and songs
Location: Hala Orbita, Wejherowska 34 Street, 6 pm. Online ticketsFacebook event in Polish.

Photography workshop for beginners – an event IN ENGLISH
Location: Zamek Cultural Center (Centrum Kultury Zamek), Plac Świętojański 1, 1 pm, free entrance (registration: sekretariat@zamek.wroclaw.pl). Facebook event in English and Polish.

  • January 12

Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity in Wrocław, 28th Grand Finale (Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy)
Location: Rynek / the square market and other locations all over Wrocław, 1 pm – 10 pm. The biggest charity event in Poland. 2020 winter fundraiser will be held to raise funds to support pediatric surgery and treatment. Many concerts, shows and other events. Volunteers (including many children) collect money on the streets giving away to all donors red stickers in the shape of a heart. Facebook event in Polish, and the Foundation’s website in English.

  • January 18-19

Puppet theater for children 4+ “Och Emil!” (based on Astrid Lindgren’s “Emil of Lönneberga”)
Location: Wrocławski Teatr Lalek, pl. Teatralny 4, Saturday 3 pm, Sunday 11 am, online ticketsMore in Polish about the performance (including photos and trailer).

  • January 26

Accademia dell’Opera – music workshop for children aged 3-7
Location: Opera Wrocławska (Wrocław Opera), Świdnicka 35 Street, 11 am and 1 pm, more in Polish and online tickets 11 amonline tickets 1 pm.

  • Until the end of the winter season

Indoor ice skating rink at Wrocław Stadium
Location: Stadion Wrocław, Al. Śląska 1 Street, entrances from Królewiecka Street and Lotnicza Street. Monday – Friday 9 am – 2 pm, 3 pm – 6 pm, 7 pm – 10 pm. Weekend 9 am – 12 pm, 1 pm – 4 pm, 5 pm – 7 pm, 8 pm – 10 pm. Click here to buy online tickets and check if the rink is open on a particular dayMore in Polish about the rink.

Events in KRAKÓW in January 2020

  • January 6

Three Kings’ Day Celebration in Kraków – the procession of the Magi
Location: Rynek Główny / Market Square. Families, community members, theaters, school groups organize each year a colorful event – they dress up, sing carols. It’s a combination of theater performance and a paradeFacebook event in Polish.

Christmas carol singing 
Location: Rynek Podgórski, free entrance, 7.15 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

  • January 19

Concert of Christmas songs and carols from Poland and other countries
Locations: Tauron Arena hall, Stanisława Lema 7 Street, 7 pm, online ticketsFacebook event in Polish.

  • January 23 – February 14

Opera Rara Festival of opera works rarely performed in theatres, usually left out of the opera mainstream 
Different locations in Kraków, online ticketsMore in English about the FestivalFacebook event in Polish.

  • January 27

Swan Lake Ballet – Russian National Ballet
Location: Opera Krakowska, Lubicz 48 Street, 2 concerts: 5 pm and 8 pm, online ticketsFacebook event in Polish.

  • January 27 – February 9

Winter school break in małopolskie voivodship 
Click here to read our post about school holidays in Poland (dates of 2020 & 2021 winter breaks and summer break in Poland).

  • Until February 2

Over 50 nativity scenes (szopki krakowskie
Different locations all over Kraków – parks, restaurants, hotels, shops, squares. The most beautiful nativity scenes from the Kraków Museum collection will be presented in glass lighted display cases. The Nativity Scene (szopka) tradition is included in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (more in English). Nativity scenes are modeled on Kraków’s architecture, unique constructions resembling colorful castlesFacebook event in Polish (including the list of locations).

  • Until February 23

The exhibition of Nativity Scenes (szopki) Contest 
Location: Celestat (a part of the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków), Lubicz 16 Street, 9 am – 6 pm. More in English.

  • Until March 8

The exhibition: ‘Pompeii. Life and Death in the Shadow of the Vesuvius’
Location: The Archeological Museum (Muzeum Archeologiczne), Poselska 3 Street, Monday – Friday 9 am – 6 pm, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 11 am – 4 pm, regular tickets 29 PLN, reduced tickets 19 PLN. Original objects, that survived the cataclysm in Pompeii, were borrowed from Italy, from the  National Archaeological Museum of Naples. More in English about the Exhibition.

Events in ŁÓDŹ in January 2020

  • January 4-5

“Baby Boom Bum” – music workshops for little children up to 3
Location: Filharmonia Łódzka (Philharmonic Orchestra of Łódź), Narutowicza 20/22 Street, Saturday 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm. Sunday 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm. More in Polish about the workshops and online tickets.

  • January 5

The most beautiful Ballet Masterpieces – Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, and more
Location: Teatr Wielki, Plac Dąbrowskiego, 7 pm, online ticketsFacebook event in Polish.

  • January 6

Three Kings’ Day Celebration in Łódź– the procession of the Magi
Location: plac Wolności, 12 pm. Families, community members, theaters, school groups organize each year a colorful event – they dress up, sing carols. It’s a combination of theater performance and a paradeFacebook event in Polish.

  • January 10-12

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live
Location: Atlas Arena hall, al. Bandurskiego 7 Street, online ticketsFacebook event in English.

  • January 13-26

Winter school break in łódzkie voivodship 
Click here to read our post about school holidays in Poland (dates of 2020 & 2021 winter breaks and summer break in Poland).

  • January 19

Ronja, córka zbójnika” – a theater for children 7+ based on Astrid Lindgren’s “Ronja the Robber’s Daughter”
Location: Teatr Pinokio, Kopernika 16 Street, online ticketsmore in Polish about he performance (including photos).

  • January 24-25

Concert of film music
Location: Teatr Muzyczny w Łodzi (Musical Theater), Północna 47/51 Street, 6.30 pm, online ticketsMore in Polish about the performance (including trailer).

Events in TORUŃ in January 2020

Our tips on visiting Toruń with kids.

  • January 3

“Bethlehem in Poland” – a concert of Polish and international carols and songs
Location: Arena Toruń, Gen. J. Bema 73/89 Street, 7 pm. Online ticketsFacebook event in Polish.

  • January 6

The most beautiful Ballet Masterpieces – Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, and more
Location: Centrum Kulturalno-Kongresowe Jordanki, Al. Solidarności 3 Street, 7 pm, online ticketsFacebook event in Polish.

Three Kings’ Day Celebration in Toruń – the procession of the Magi
Location: Rynek Główny / Market Square, start next to the Copernicus monument, 12.30 pm. Families, community members, theaters, school groups organize each year a colorful event – they dress up, sing carols. It’s a combination of theater performance and a paradeFacebook event in Polish.

  • January 8-12

International figure skating competition (free for spectators)
Location: Lodowisko TOR-TOR (ice rink), gen. Józefa Bema 23/29 Street, free entrance, from 8 am until the evening. 340 skaters – soloists and dance couples from 36 countries. On Saturday, January 11 – competition medalists gala (Facebook event in Polish). More in EnglishFacebook event in Polish.

  • January 12

Cat Show
Location: Centrum Targowe PARK, Szosa Bydgoska 3 Street, 10 am – 4 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

  • January 25

Chinese New Year – fire dance show
Location: Town Hall (Ratusz) courtyard, 7.20 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

  • January 27 – February 9

Winter school break in kujawsko-pomorskie voivodship 
Click here to read our post about school holidays in Poland (dates of 2020 & 2021 winter breaks and summer break in Poland).

  • January 28

Swan Lake Ballet – Russian National Ballet
Location: Centrum Kulturalno-Kongresowe Jordanki, Al. Solidarności 3 Street, 7 pm, online ticketsFacebook event in Polish.

Events in POZNAŃ in January 2020

Our tips on visiting Poznań with kids.

  • January 5

New Year’s concert of classical music for children
Location: Kino Apollo Teatr, Ratajczaka 18 Street, 9.30 am, online tickets (59 PLN). Facebook event in Polish.

  • January 6

Three Kings’ Day Celebration in Poznań – the procession of the Magi
Location: Plac Wolności, 12 pm. Families, community members, theaters, school groups organize each year a colorful event – they dress up, sing carols. It’s a combination of theater performance and a paradeFacebook event in Polish.

  • January 18-19

Festival of coffee and chocolate & Festival of vegan and vegetarian food
Location: Międzynarodowe Targi Poznańskie (Poznań Expo), pavilion/pawilon no. 1, Głogowska 14 Street, Saturday 11 am – 7 pm, Sunday 11 am – 6 pm. Facebook event in Polish (coffee and chocolate). Facebook event in Polish (vege).

  • January 19-20

“Swan Lake” ballet – miniature for children
Location: Teatr Cortiqué, Petera Mansfelda 4 Street, online ticketsFacebook event in PolishMore in Polish about the performance, including photos.

  • January 27 – February 9

Winter school break in wielkopolskie voivodship 
Click here to read our post about school holidays in Poland (dates of 2020 & 2021 winter breaks and summer break in Poland).

  • Until the end of the winter season

Skiing in Poznań
Location: Malta lake area, Wiankowa 2 Street. Two slopes: main one 150 m (2 lifts – a chairlift and a platter/drag lift), small one 30 m (a platter/drag lift). Monday – Friday 10 am – 9 pm. Weekend 11 am – 6 pm. Closing times may change due to bad weather conditions. More in Polish about the slopes and available ski lessons and courses.

Events in KATOWICE AREA in January 2020

  • January 6

Concert of Christmas songs and carols from Poland and other countries
Locations: Spodek concert hall, al. Korfantego 35 Street, Katowice, 7 pm, online ticketsFacebook event in Polish.

  • January 12

‘Academy of Music Taste’ – music event at the Philharmonic for children aged 3+
Location: Silesian Philharmonic (Filharmonia Śląska), Chamber Hall (Sala Kameralna), Sokolska 2 Street, 11.30 am, online ticketsMore in Polish about the concert.

Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, 28th Grand Finale (Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy) in Gliwice
Location: Rynek / the square market in Gliwice, 12.30 pm – 10.30 pm. The biggest charity event in Poland. 2020 winter fundraiser will be held to raise funds to support pediatric surgery and treatment. Many concerts, shows and other events. Volunteers (including many children) collect money on the streets giving away to all donors red stickers in the shape of a heart. Facebook event in Polish, and the Foundation’s website in English.

  • January 13-26

Winter school break in śląskie voivodship 
Click here to read our post about school holidays in Poland (dates of 2020 & 2021 winter breaks and summer break in Poland).

  • January 19

Veganmania – fair of vegan food, cosmetics, and other products
Location: Międzynarodowe Centrum Kongresowe (Katowice International Congress Center), Plac Sławika i Antalla 1, 11 am – 7 pm, tickets 5 PLN. Facebook event in Polish.

  • January 26

Swan Lake Ballet – Russian National Ballet in Zabrze
Location: Dom Muzyki i Tańca w Zabrzu, Gen. de Gaulle’a 17 Street, 41-800 Zabrze, 6 pm, online ticketsFacebook event in Polish.

  • January 26-27

Silesian Science Festival
Location: Międzynarodowe Centrum Kongresowe (Katowice International Congress Center), Plac Sławika i Antalla 1, free entrance (some workshops require registration). Attractions include lectures, scientific shows and experiments, concerts, meetings with Polish and international scientists, kid’s zone, sports zone, chillout zoneFacebook event in English and Polish.

Events in TRI-CITY: GDAŃSK, GDYNIA, SOPOT in January 2020

  • January 3, 4, and 5

The Nutcracker ballet (Dziadek do orzechów)
Location: Opera Bałtycka / Baltic Opera, al. Zwycięstwa 15 Street, 80-219 Gdańsk. Online ticketsMore in English.

  • January 4

Ball for children aged 3+ and a concert of Disney movies music
Location: The Polish Baltic Philharmonic (Polska Filharmonia Bałtycka), a concert hall, Ołowianka 1 Street, 80-751 Gdańsk, 12 pm, online tickets (20-45 PLN). Children are asked to come dressed in costumes. More in PolishFacebook event in Polish.

  • January 5

Dog Show in Sopot
Location: Hipodrom Sopot, Polna 1 Street, 8 am – 5 pm, regular tickets 15 PLN, reduced tickets 7 PLN, children up to 3 free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

  • Until January 6

New Year’s Market in Sopot (Miasteczko Noworoczne)
Location: Plac Przyjaciół Sopotu, corner of Grunwaldzka Street and Bohaterów Monte Cassino Street, Sopot. Opening hours: 1 pm – 10 pm. Attractions include a carousel, festive illumination, concerts, shows, regional food, souvenirs. More in Polish.

  • January 12

Concert of Christmas songs and carols from Poland and other countries
Locations: Ergo ArenaErgo Arena hall, Plac Dwóch Miast 1, Gdańsk/Sopot, 7 pm, online ticketsFacebook event in Polish.

  • January 13-26

Winter school break in pomorskie voivodship 
Click here to read our post about school holidays in Poland (dates of 2020 & 2021 winter breaks and summer break in Poland).

  • January 17

“Bethlehem in Poland” – a concert of Polish and international carols and songs in Gdynia
Location: Gdynia Arena, Kazimierza Górskiego 8 Street, 7 pm. Online ticketsFacebook event in Polish.

  • January 18-19

International Synchronized Skating Championship (Hevelius Cup)
Location: Ice rink at Hala Olivia, Al. Grunwaldzka 470 Street, 80- 309 Gdańskonline ticketsMore in English about the eventFacebook event in English.

  • Until February 2

Winter lights and illuminations in Gdańsk
Location: The Old Town and Park Oliwski. The biggest Christmas trees: Długi Targ Street (next to Neptune Fountain / Fontanna Neptuna), Nowy Port at plac ks. Mariana Góreckiego square, Sobieszewo – corner of Nadwiślańska Street and Turystyczna Street, Orunia – a park at ul. Gościnna, Biskupia Górka, Dolne Miasto at Wróbla Street. Facebook event in Polish.

Events in WARSAW in January 2020

The full list of events in Warsaw in January.

  • Until January 6

Christmas Fair in the Old Town
Location: Warsaw Old Town, the Warsaw Barbican area. Open every day, Sunday-Thursday: 11 am – 8 pm, Friday-Saturday: 11 am – 9.30, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

  • January 6

Three Kings’ Day Celebration in Warsaw – the procession of the Magi
Location: the procession starts at the Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy) and goes to the Piłsudski Square (Plac Piłsudskiego), 11.20 am – 4 pm. Families, community members, theaters, school groups organize each year a colorful event – they dress up, sing carols. It’s a combination of theater performance and a paradeMore in Polish.

  • Until January 31

Winter shows – the Multimedia Fountain Park
Location: Skwer Dywizji Pancernej (the area between the Old Town and Vistula), free entrance. The holiday illuminations at Fountain Park are on every day from 3.30 pm. 15-minutes shows with music every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm. More in English.

  • Until February 2

The Chinese Light Festival – the illuminations outdoor exhibition
Location: Fort Bema, Waldorffa 34 Street (Bemowo), online tickets (children up to 4 free entrance). More in English about the eventFacebook event in Polish.

  • Until February 23

“The Royal Garden of Light” – the illuminations outdoor exhibition in the Wilanów Palace Garden
Location: Wilanów Garden, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street, 4 pm – 9 pm, online tickets (children up to 7 free entrance). Mappings (illumination, picture, and sound) on the Palace façade on Saturdays and Sundays at 6.30 pm, 7.30 pm, 8.30 pm. Click here to read Kids in the City tips in English on visiting the Wilanów Palace and Park.

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. Click here to read more in English about visiting Łazienki Garden and Museums.

  • Until March 1

“The Many Incarnations of Deer” – a new exhibition at the Museum for Children
Location: Museum for Children is a part of the Ethnographic Museum, Kredytowa 1 Street (city center), Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9 am – 3 pm, Wednesday 9 am – 6 pm, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm. More in English about the exhibitionClick here to read our tips in English about visiting the Museum for Children.

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