Events and things to do in Warsaw in December 2019

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Weather in Poland in December

In 2019, astronomical winter begins on December 22 with the winter solstice – it’s the day with the fewest hours of sunlight in Poland in the whole year. On a positive note – starting from December 22, the days in Poland get longer and the nights shorter. The length of the day goes from 7 hours 42 min. on December 22 to 10 hours 50 min. on February 29, 2020.

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.

Because of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, December is a favorite month of many people in Poland. The name of the month – grudzień – comes from the Polish word gruda, meaning frozen ground. The average temperature in December in Poland drops below zero: -0,16°C / 32°F. The average rainfall level in December in Poland is 38 mm (similar level to March and April). Sunset on December 1: 3.27 pm, December 31: 3.32 pm.

Read more about the weather and winter in Poland in December, January & February.

Shopping Sundays and trade ban Sundays in Poland in December 2019

In December 2019, there are three shopping Sundays in Poland: December 15, 22, 29. December 1 and 8 are trade ban Sundays in Poland. Click here to read our post about shopping Sundays in Poland in 2020 and 2019.

Events in English in Warsaw in December 2019

Christmas Party with the ‘International Friends of Warsaw’
Saturday: December 7
Location: Intercontinental Hotel, Emilii Plater 49 Street (city center), 12 pm. ‘International Friends of Warsaw’ (a multi-national social group of individuals and families from around the world living in Warsaw) invites for a Christmas Party packed with attractions for children (games and activities for kids, Santa, live music, raffles, buffet brunch). Tickets and more info: ifwarsaw@gmail.com. More in English about the event and the ‘International Friends of Warsaw’.

Guided tour IN ENGLISH – the Wilanów Palace – the history and design of the Palace interiors
Every Saturday and Sunday in December
Location: Wilanów Palace, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street, 12 pm – 1 pm. Online tickets (regular tickets 20 PLN, reduced tickets 15 PLN). Meeting point – a cloakroom in the Palace. More in English.

Free traditional Indian yoga class IN ENGLISH – “Yoga with Kirti
Saturday: December 7, 14, 21, 28
Location: the Embassy of India, Myśliwiecka 2 Street (city center), 10 am – 11 am. Please bring your ID to enter the Embassy. Facebook event in Polish.

Guided tour IN ENGLISH at The Museum of Modern Art
Saturday: December 7, 14, 21, 28
Location: “Museum on the Vistula” Pavilion, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22 Street (on the Vistula bank), 2 pm, tickets 5 PLN. The guided tour in English includes the “Miriam Cahn: I as Human” exhibition. Facebook event in English. More about the exhibition in English.

“Let’s talk about art” – IN ENGLISH about works of art
Tuesday: December 10
Location: Royal Łazienki Garden, Agrykola 1 Street, 5.30 pm, the Palace on the Isle (Pałac na Wyspie). Tickets 10 PLN, book your place: edukacja@lazienki-krolewskie.pl. Facebook event in Polish.

Polish film for foreigners – “Miś / Teddy Bear”
Tuesday: December 10
Location: Nove Kino Wisła, Plac Wilsona 2 (Żoliborz), 8 pm. Facebook event in English and Polish.

Saturday Artwalk – guided tour IN ENGLISH
Saturday: December 14
Location: Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Plac Małachowskiego 3 (city center), 5 pm. The guided tour in English includes a short talk about the history and activity of Zachęta and a dynamic tour of current exhibitions. Facebook event in English.

‘Nature walk in the Wilanów gardens’ – educational walk for children and adults guided IN ENGLISH
Sunday: December 15
Location: Wilanów Palace Garden, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street, 11 am – 12.30 pm, meeting point at the ticket office (small yellow building in the park in front of the palace). Tickets: 10 PLN (online tickets). In December: What kinds of birds visit the feeders in the park? Why do we hang out lard for birds to eat in the winter? If you want to find out more about birds and their winter habits we invite you to winter ornithological walk. Click here to read more in English. Facebook event in English.

Winter Fair
Tuesday: December 17
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Bolesława Prusa 2 Street (city center), 11 am – 2 pm, free entrance. Handicrafts, beautiful jewellery, ceramics and delicious homemade baked goods from all around the world. All proceeds from this event will be donated to local charities. The event is run by the Syrena International Ladies – a group of Defence Attaché spouses who live and work in Poland. Facebook event in English and Polish.

Children’s movie in English, no Polish subtitles – ‘Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker′ 
Friday: December 20
Location: Cinema City, Sadyba Best Mall, Powsińska 31 Street (Sadyba/Mokotów), 5 pm. The screening in English is organized by the American School of Warsaw’s Parent Teacher Organization (ASW PTO) but tickets are available for sale to non-ASW children. Facebook event in English (including info about the tickets).

Exhibitions in Warsaw in December 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. Click here to read more in English about visiting Łazienki Garden and Museums. The event runs from December 7 until February 23, 2020.

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 event. Facebook event in Polish. The Festival runs until February 2, 2020.

“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 about the illuminations festival and on visiting the Wilanów Palace Museum and Park. The Exhibition runs until February 23, 2020.

“MIRIAM CAHN: I AS HUMAN” – a new exhibition of paintings of the Swiss artist Miriam Cahn at The Museum of Modern Art
Location: “Museum on the Vistula” Pavilion, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22 Street (on the Vistula bank). Facebook event in English and Polish. More in English about the exhibition. The Exhibition runs from November 29 until March 1, 2020.

“Sound Zone” – a permanent exhibition at the Asia and Pacific Museum 
Location: Museum of Asia and the Pacific (Muzeum Azji i Pacyfiku), Solec 24A Street (Powiśle). Open every day except Mondays and public holidays, 12 pm – 6 pm, free entrance. The exhibition presents 120 musical instruments originating from various Asian countriesMore in English about the Exhibition. Click here to read our tips in English on visiting the Museum.

“FLORAPHILIA. Revolution of Plants”
Location: Biennale Warszawa gallery, Marszałkowska 34/50 Street (city center), tickets 10 PLN. More in English about the exhibition. The Exhibition runs until December 29.

“Sensory Praga” – Praga district’s landmarks explained with sensory integration methods
Location: The Praga Musem of Warsaw (Muzeum Pragi), Targowa 50/52 Street (Praga), Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm, Thursday 10 am – 8 pm, online tickets. More in English about the Exhibition. The Exhibition runs until December 29.

Korean art exhibition at the National Museum
Location: The National Museum in Warsaw (Muzeum Narodowe), Aleje Jerozolimskie 3 Street (city center). The largest presentation of Korean art in Poland to date. More in English about the exhibition. Facebook event in Polish and English. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the National Museum. The Exhibition runs until January 12, 2020.

Gallery of Polish Design – a permanent exhibition
Location: The National Museum in Warsaw (Muzeum Narodowe), Aleje Jerozolimskie 3 Street (city center). More in English about the exhibition. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the National Museum.

“Polish Poles: Himalayas ’74 and Antarctica ’77” – the photographs from 2 pioneering expeditions to Lhotse and Antarctica
Location: Dom Spotkań z Historią (History Meeting House), Karowa 20 Street (city center/old town), FREE entrance. More in Polish about the Exhibition. The Exhibition runs until January 31, 2020.

“Gdynia – Tel Aviv” – the exhibition at POLIN Museum
Location: POLIN – Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Anielewicza 6 Street (Muranów). Click here to read our tips in English (how to get there, where to have lunch etc.). More in English about the Exhibition. The Exhibition runs until February 3, 2020.

‘Disco Relaks’ – a new exhibition at the Ethnographic Museum
Location: the Ethnographic Museum, Kredytowa 1 Street (city center). More in English about the exhibition. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Ethnographic Museum. The Exhibition runs until March 1, 2020.

“The Fascinating World of Spiders and Scorpions” – the exhibition
Location: the Palace of Culture and Science, pl. Defilad 1, entrance from Marszałkowska Street, 10 am – 7 pm, tickets: regular 18 PLN, reduced 12 PLN, family 2+2 50 PLN, children up to 4 free entrance. More in English and photos. Facebook event in Polish.

Fairs, festivals and other events in Warsaw in December 2019

  • November 30 – December 1

Warsaw Fantasy Fair (Warszawskie Targi Fantastyki)
Location: Dom Towarowy Bracia Jabłkowscy, Bracka 25 Street (city center). Click here to read more in Polish. Facebook event in Polish.

‘Fair of Nice Things’ (Targi Rzeczy Ładnych) – winter edition
Location: Centrum Praskie Koneser (Praga Koneser Center), Plac Konesera 2 (Praga), 11 am – 7 pm, tickets 10 PLN. Furniture, posters, ceramics, glass, lamps, textiles, articles for children, wellness, accessories. Facebook event in Polish.

  • Until December 15

The International Festival of Theater for Early Years “Take Part in Art”
Location: the Old Armory (Stara Prochownia) building at Boleść 2 Street (the Old Town). Performances for children aged 0,4-6. Theaters from the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, and Denmark. More in English.

  • Until December 22

Wielka Fabryka Elfów / The Great Elf Factory – indoor Christmas playing areas for children aged 3-10
Location: PGE National Stadium, Al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1 Street, gate number 5 and 6 (Praga). 10 playing areas with attractions for kids (eg. inflatable playground) – children help elves to create a Santa Claus Elixir, in the end, they meet Santa. Online tickets. Website in Polish. Facebook event in Polish.

  • Until January 6, 2020

Outdoor Christmas Market in the Old Town
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 12 pm – 9.30 pm, December 31, January 1: 11 am – 8 pm. Souvenirs, gifts, local crafts and food like pierogi, hot chocolate or… ice-cream. Facebook event in Polish.

  • Until March 8, 2020

Zimowy Narodowy – winter sports zones at the National Stadium (ice rinks, ice hill, curling)
Location: PGE National Stadium, Al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1 Street (Praga). Info about the opening hours. Info about tickets. Website in English.

  • December 1

Exhibition and fair of exotic animals and plants  
Location: Sports Center at Siennicka 40 Street (Praga), 10 am – 3 pm, regular tickets 15 PLN, reduced tickets 10 PLN, children up to 6 free (online tickets). Facebook event in Polish.

Mamaville‘ Mother & Baby Expo – Christmas  and black weekend edition
Location: EXPO XXI, Prądzyńskiego 12/14 Street (Wola). Opening hours: 10 am – 5 pm, free entrance. Clothes and accessories for kids and pregnant women, workshops. Facebook event in Polish.

Christmas Fair and Dumplings of the World Festival
Location: The Palace of Culture and Science, Plac Defilad (city center). Opening hours: 12 pm – 7 pm, tickets 5 PLN (children up to 12 free entrance). Gifts, food, cosmetics, books, fashion, decorations. Facebook event in Polish. Dumplings Festival’s Facebook event in Polish.

  • December 2-7 

‘Shop Local’ – Polish fashion fair and Christmas gifts 
Location: Blue City shopping center, Aleje Jerozolimskie 179 Street (Ochota). Opening hours:  10 am – 10 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

  • December 4-8

Radio Asia Festival
Concerts, workshops, radio dramas featuring niche Asian music. Click here to learn more in English. Facebook event in Polish and English.

  • December 5-12

19th International Film Festival – WATCH DOCS – Human Rights in Film
Location: Kino Muranów, Center for Contemporary Art (Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski), Kinoteka. Free entrance (info in English about free passes). Read more in English. Facebook event in Polish.

  • December 6

Live piano concert enhanced with visualizations on the planetarium dome
Location: Planetarium in Copernicus Science Center, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle), 7 pm (45 min), dedicated to an audience aged 15+, online tickets. Click here to read our tips on visiting the Planetarium. More in Polish about the concert.

Opening of the illuminated Rose Garden
Location: Wilanów Garden, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street, 4 pm – 10 pm, online tickets (children up to 7 free entrance). 6000 illuminated color changing roses. The event is a new part of “The Royal Garden of Light” – the illuminations outdoor exhibition in the Wilanów Palace Garden. Click here to read Kids in the City tips in English about the illuminations festival and on visiting the Wilanów Palace Museum and Park. The Exhibition runs until February 23, 2020.

  • December 7

The Annual Christmas Fair at The English Playhouse preschool
Location: The English Playhouse’s new location in Syta 78 Street (Wilanów/Zawady), free entrance. Opening hours: 10 am – 1 pm. Attractions include crafts and decorations designed by TEP students, caffè and Christmas borscht, Santa’s workshop, gingerbread workshop, English books for children, unique straw handicraft The proceeds go to support prematurely born twins (Bożenka and Andrzejek) who suffer from celebral palsy.

The launch of Christmas illuminations and decorations in Warsaw (20 km of streets)
The lights will be switched on gradually throughout Warsaw starting from dusk, from around 3.30 pm. The main attractions will focus on “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). Facebook event in Polish and English.

The 57th Warsaw Barbórka Car Rally (Rajd Barbórka)
Locations: Modlin, Bemowo, Służewiec, and famous section of the rally in the city center – Karowa Street (start at Karowa Street and Krakowskie Przedmieście Street intersection). Click here to buy tickets online, and here to read more in Polish and English. Facebook event in Polish.

Christmas Party with the ‘International Friends of Warsaw’
Location: Intercontinental Hotel, Emilii Plater 49 Street (city center), 12 pm. ‘International Friends of Warsaw’ (a multi-national social group of individuals and families from around the world living in Warsaw) invites for a Christmas Party packed with attractions for children (games and activities for kids, Santa, live music, raffles, buffet brunch). Tickets and more info: ifwarsaw@gmail.com. More in English about the event and the ‘International Friends of Warsaw’.

Oriental Christmas Bazaar 
Location: Museum of Asia and the Pacific (Muzeum Azji i Pacyfiku), Solec 24A Street (Powiśle). Opening hours:  11 am – 6 pm, tickets 5 PLN. Oriental handicraft, sweets, coffee and tea from the Middle and the Far East, ceramics, decorative fabrics, jewelry, shawls, oriental cosmetics, food products from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, China, Japan, Turkey, Lebanon, Palestine, Iran, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Zanzibar, and Morocco. Facebook event in Polish. Click here to read our tips in English on visiting the Museum.

Tropical interiors expo
Location: Dom Towarowy Bracia Jabłkowscy, Bracka 25 Street (city center), 10 am – 6 pm, tickets 5 PLN. Styles: boho, uban jungle. ethnic, eoastal, tropical, Scandinavian, eclectic, eco, hamptons, moroccan and more. Facebook event in Polish.

Handicraft fair of local artists – Christmas edition
Location: Ursynów Cultural Center, Kajakowa 12 B Street, 10 am – 2 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

‘Świąteczny Stół’ – Christmas fair
Location: “MYSIA 3” center, Mysia 3 Street (city center), free entrance, 11 am – 7 pm. Original ceramics, natural plant decorations, ecological candles, delicacies, antique silver cutlery and more. Facebook event in Polish.

Guided tour IN ENGLISH at The Museum of Modern Art
Location: “Museum on the Vistula” Pavilion, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22 Street (on the Vistula bank), 2 pm, tickets 5 PLN. The guided tour in English includes the “Miriam Cahn: I as Human” exhibition. Facebook event in English. More about the exhibition in English.

  • December 7-8 

Winter shows – the Multimedia Fountain Park
Location: Skwer Dywizji Pancernej (the area between the Old Town and Vistula), free entrance. The holiday illuminations at the Fountain Park are on every day from 3 pm. 15-minutes shows with music: 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm. More in English.

International Festival of Warsaw – Winter Edition
Location: Politechnika Warszawska (University of Technology), plac Politechniki 1 (city center). 10 am – 8 pm. Attractions include international carol concert, St. Nicholas Day games for children and meeting with St. Santa Claus, Christmas market, presentation of countries from around the world, Young Engineer Day, contests with prizes and lighting of the Christmas tree. Facebook event in Polish and English.

Grecka Panorama’ – the event promoting Greek culture, tourism, and cuisine
Location: PGE National Stadium, Al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1 Street (Praga), 10 am – 5 pm. Click here to register for a free invitation. Facebook event in Polish.

International Cat Show
Location: Szkoła Podstawowa nr 195 (Elementary School no 195), Króla Maciusia 5 Street (Wawer), 10 am – 5 pm, regular tickets 15 PLN, reduced tickets for children 8 PLN, children up to 3 free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

‘Slow Weekend’ – Christmas fair
Location: Mińska 65 Street (Praga). Opening hours: 11 am – 7 pm, free entrance. Over 300 brands, original clothes and accessories, design, crafts, ecological cosmetics, children’s items, slow food court. Facebook event in Polish.

Dog Day and Cat Day – Pet Fair – Christmas edition
Location: Hala Gwardii, Plac Żelaznej Bramy 1 (city center), free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Chocolate and Sweets Festival
Location: The Palace of Culture and Science, Plac Defilad (city center). Opening hours: 10 am – 6 pm, tickets 10/15 PLN (children up to 10 free entrance). Facebook event in Polish.

Coffee and Chocolate Festival and Christmas Gifts Fair
Location: Centrum Praskie Koneser (Praga Koneser Center), Plac Konesera (Praga), 11 am – 8 pm, tickets 10/15 PLN. Facebook event in Polish and English. Gifts Fair’s Facebook event in Polish.

  • December 8

Christmas Concert of Music Hub Academy’s Students
Location: the concert hall of Akademeia High School, Ledóchowskiej 2 Street (Wilanów), free entrance, 2 pm – 1st round (youngest age group), 4.30 pm – 2nd round (middle age group), 6.30 – 3rd round (teenagers and adults). During the concert, Music Hub will be raising funds for treating two wonderful boys, so prepare some cash to participate and help Oskar and Marcel in this Magical time of the year. Facebook event in English and Polish.

SHOM 12th International Charity Bazaar
Location: Marriott Hotel, al. Jerozolimskie 65/79 Street. Opening hours: 10 am – 5 pm, 10 PLN entrance tickets. Gifts and foods from around the world. The Bazaar is organized by SHOM (The Spouses of Heads of Missions) to raise funds for those less fortunate in Poland. Facebook event in Polish.

Christmas fair at the Botanical Garden in Powsin 
Location: Botanical Garden in Powsin, Prawdziwka 2 Street, 02-973 Powsin. Opening hours:  11 am – 5 pm. A chance to buy gifts, workshops, theater for children. Facebook event in Polish.

Poster Fair / Targi Plakatu
Location: Dom Towarowy Bracia Jabłkowscy, Bracka 25 Street (city center), 11 am – 7 pm, tickets 5 PLN. Facebook event in English and Polish.

Christmas Fair at the Ethnographic Museum
Location: the Ethnographic Museum, Kredytowa 1 Street (city center), 10 am – 5 pm, tickets 6 PLN, children 1 PLN, children up to 7 free entrance. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Ethnographic Museum. Facebook event in Polish.

Gifts Fair – Christmas edition
Location: “Znajomi Znajomych”, Wilcza 58a Street (city center). Opening hours: 10 am – 5 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Outdoor Christmas fair in Piaseczno
Location: Rynek in Piaseczno (market square), Kościuszki, Puławska Street and pl. Piłsudskiego. Opening hours: 11 am – 5 pm. Attractions include fair of handicrafts, regional food, concerts, Christmas tree lighting at 4 pm (plac Piłsudskiego). Facebook event in Polish.

Railway Modeling Fair (Giełda Modelarska)
Location: Warsaw Railway Museum (Stacja Muzeum), Towarowa 3 Street (Wola), 10 am – 2 pm (the Museum is open 10 am – 6 pm). A chance to buy model railways and trains and meet railway modeling enthusiasts. During the event reduced tickets for every one (6 PLN, children up to 7 free entrance). Facebook event in Polish.

  • December 10

“Let’s talk about art” – IN ENGLISH about works of art
Location: Royal Łazienki Garden, Agrykola 1 Street, 5.30 pm, the Palace on the Isle (Pałac na Wyspie). Tickets 10 PLN, book your place: edukacja@lazienki-krolewskie.pl. Facebook event in Polish.

  • December 13

Live concert (electronic music) enhanced with visualizations on the planetarium dome
Location: Planetarium in Copernicus Science Center, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle), 7 pm (45 min), dedicated to an audience aged 15+, online tickets. Click here to read our tips on visiting the Planetarium. More in English about the concert.

Winter shows – the Multimedia Fountain Park
Location: Skwer Dywizji Pancernej (the area between the Old Town and Vistula), free entrance. The holiday illuminations at the Fountain Park are on every day from 3 pm. 15-minutes shows with music: 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm. More in English.

  • December 14

Guided tour IN ENGLISH at The Museum of Modern Art
Location: “Museum on the Vistula” Pavilion, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22 Street (on the Vistula bank), 2 pm, tickets 5 PLN. The guided tour in English includes the “Miriam Cahn: I as Human” exhibition. Facebook event in English. More about the exhibition in English.

Pikkujoulu – Finnish Christmas party and fair of products from Finland
Location: Jazdów 10/8 Street (next to Park Ujazdowski, city center), 2 pm – 9 pm. The event is held by the Polish-Finnish Society. Facebook event in Polish.

Saturday Artwalk – guided tour IN ENGLISH
Location: Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Plac Małachowskiego 3 (city center), 5 pm. The guided tour in English includes a short talk about the history and activity of Zachęta and a dynamic tour of current exhibitions. Facebook event in English.

  • December 14-15 

Winter shows – the Multimedia Fountain Park
Location: Skwer Dywizji Pancernej (the area between the Old Town and Vistula), free entrance. The holiday illuminations at the Fountain Park are on every day from 3 pm. 15-minutes shows with music: 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm. More in English.

Christmas Fair (Targi Rzeczy Wyszukanych) 
Location: Hala Gwardii, Plac Żelaznej Bramy 1 (city center). Christmas decorations (handmade ornaments, candles, garlands), crafts, jewelry, natural cosmetics, ceramics, glass, embroidered tablecloths, vinyl records, graphics and paintings. Facebook event in Polish.

Japanese Holiday Fair
Location: Nowy Świat Muzyki café and cultural center, Nowy Świat 63 Street (city center), 10 am – 7 pm. Ceramics, books, albums, home decorations, jewelry, bags, kimono, teas. Facebook event in Polish.

Handicrafts, crafts and upcycling fair – Christmas edition (Przerób-My)
Location: Centrum Praskie Koneser (Praga Koneser Center), Plac Konesera (Praga). Opening hours: 11 am – 6 pm. Handmade items for Christmas presents, unique jewelry, accessories, fashion, toys and more; upcycling workshops; Santa’s Workshop in which Santa will repair all the toys brought to him. Facebook event in Polish.

  • December 15

Shopping Sunday
Stores are open. Click here to read our post about the Sunday trade ban in Poland, shopping Sundays, and bank holidays in Poland in 2019.

‘Nature walk in the Wilanów gardens’ – educational walk for children and adults guided IN ENGLISH
Location: Wilanów Palace Garden, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street, 11 am – 12.30 pm, meeting point at the ticket office (small yellow building in the park in front of the palace). Tickets: 10 PLN (online tickets). In December: What kinds of birds visit the feeders in the park? Why do we hang out lard for birds to eat in the winter? If you want to find out more about birds and their winter habits we invite you to winter ornithological walk. Click here to read more in English.

Fantasy – fair – books, fashion, games, jewellery  
Location: Remont, Waryńskiego 12a Street (city center). Opening hours: 10 am – 11 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Art Fair (Targowisko Sztuki)
Location: Arkady Kubickiego (Kubicki Arcades) at the Warsaw Royal Castle, entrance from Grodzka Street. 11 am – 4 pm, free entrance. A chance to admire or buy artworks of students and graduates of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts and visit the Kubicki Arcades. Click here to read more in English.

  • December 16-22 

‘Welcome to Waterland’ – an illusion and circus show in 120 tons of water, framed by light and musical fountains, and a laser show
Location: EXPO XXI, Prądzyńskiego 12/14 Street (Wola), online tickets. More in English, including photos. Facebook event in Polish.

  • December 17 
Winter Fair
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Bolesława Prusa 2 Street (city center), 11 am – 2 pm, free entrance. Handicrafts, beautiful jewellery, ceramics and delicious homemade baked goods from all around the world. All proceeds from this event will be donated to local charities. The event is run by the Syrena International Ladies – a group of Defence Attaché spouses who live and work in Poland. Facebook event in English and Polish.
  • December 20 

Winter shows – the Multimedia Fountain Park
Location: Skwer Dywizji Pancernej (the area between the Old Town and Vistula), free entrance. The holiday illuminations at the Fountain Park are on every day from 3 pm. 15-minutes shows with music: 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm. More in English.

Children’s movie in English, no Polish subtitles – ‘Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker′ 
Location: Cinema City, Sadyba Best Mall, Powsińska 31 Street (Sadyba/Mokotów), 5 pm. The screening in English is organized by the American School of Warsaw’s Parent Teacher Organization (ASW PTO) but tickets are available for sale to non-ASW children. Facebook event in English (including info about the tickets).
  • December 21
Guided tour IN ENGLISH at The Museum of Modern Art
Location: “Museum on the Vistula” Pavilion, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22 Street (on the Vistula bank), 2 pm, tickets 5 PLN. The guided tour in English includes the “Miriam Cahn: I as Human” exhibition. Facebook event in English. More about the exhibition in English.
  • December 21-22 

Winter shows – the Multimedia Fountain Park
Location: Skwer Dywizji Pancernej (the area between the Old Town and Vistula), free entrance. The holiday illuminations at the Fountain Park are on every day from 3 pm. 15-minutes shows with music: 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm. More in English.

Design fair – Christmas edition 
Location: Dom Towarowy Bracia Jabłkowscy shopping center, Bracka 25 Street (city center). Opening hours: 11 am – 7 pm, free entrance. Over 200 exhibitors of furniture, graphics, ceramics, lamps, textiles. During December edition, on the second floor a special gift zone with eco-friendly gifts, delicacies, cosmetics, and jewelry. Facebook event in Polish.

All you need for the holidays – Christmas food fair
Location: “Babka do wynajęcia”, Młocińska 5/7 Street (close to Arkadia shopping mall), 10 am – 6 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

  • December 22

Shopping Sunday
Stores are open. Click here to read our post about the Sunday trade ban in Poland, shopping Sundays, and bank holidays in Poland in 2019.

  • December 27-29 

Winter shows – the Multimedia Fountain Park
Location: Skwer Dywizji Pancernej (the area between the Old Town and Vistula), free entrance. The holiday illuminations at the Fountain Park are on every day from 3 pm. 15-minutes shows with music: 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm. More in English.

  • December 29

Shopping Sunday
Stores are open. Click here to read our post about the Sunday trade ban in Poland, shopping Sundays, and bank holidays in Poland in 2019.

  • December 28
Guided tour IN ENGLISH at The Museum of Modern Art
Location: “Museum on the Vistula” Pavilion, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22 Street (on the Vistula bank), 2 pm, tickets 5 PLN. The guided tour in English includes the “Miriam Cahn: I as Human” exhibition. Facebook event in English. More about the exhibition in English.

  • December 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 the Fountain Park are on every day from 3 pm. 15-minutes shows with music: 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm. More in English.

Events at international schools and preschools in Warsaw in December 2019

  • December 5

Recruitment Meeting for 2020/2021 school year at Warsaw Montessori High School
Location: ul. Pytlasińskiego 13. Learn more in English.

  • December 7

The Annual Christmas Fair at The English Playhouse preschool
Location: The English Playhouse’s new location in Syta 78 Street (Wilanów/Zawady), free entrance. Opening hours: 10 am – 1 pm. Attractions include crafts and decorations designed by TEP students, caffè and Christmas borscht, Santa’s workshop, gingerbread workshop, English books for children, unique straw handicraft.  The proceeds go to support prematurely born twins (Bożenka and Andrzejek) who suffer from celebral palsy.

Holidays, observances & celebrations in Poland in December 2019

  • 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 toys. One of the traditions is to hide treats in shoes. Children should clean them the night before and the next morning (on Mikołajki day) they would find inside their shoe a small surprise.

  • December 22

The beginning of astronomical winter
The shortest day of the year.

  • December 24

Christmas Eve (Wigilia)
Christmas Eve is not a bank holiday in Poland. However, most shops and businesses are open no longer than 2-3 pm. Christmas Eve Dinner kolacja wigilijna – is the most important Christmas celebration in Poland. Click here to learn more about Christmas traditions and celebrations in Poland. The Christmas Eve traditions include waiting for a first star, the Christmas wafer (opłatek), 12 meat-free courses, an extra seat for an unexpected guest, hay under the tablecloth, a special midnight mass (pasterka).

  • December 25

Christmas Day (Boże Narodzenie)
A bank holiday in Poland. Stores, malls, shopping centers, public institutions, schools are CLOSED. People in Poland usually visit family and friends to celebrate together, they go to church, sing carols (kolędy), spend long hours at the table. Find out more about Christmas traditions and celebrations in Poland.

  • December 26

Second Day of Christmas (Drugi Dzień Świąt Bożego Narodzenia)
A bank holiday in Poland. Stores, malls, shopping centers, public institutions, schools are CLOSED.

  • 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.

Read more about public holidays and dates to remember in Poland in winter – December 2019, January & February 2020.

Things to do in Warsaw during Christmas (December 24-26, 2019)

Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Eve is not a bank holiday in Poland. However, most shops and businesses are open no longer than 2-3 pm.

Special Christmas midnight mass (pasterka)
In every church in Poland, there is a special, very ceremonial Christmas Eve mass that usually starts at midnight. You will have a chance to listen to and/or sing Christmas carols during the mass. Check out the locations of churches in Warsaw with services in Polish: Warsaw on the left bank of the Vistula (Mokotów, Ochota, Wola, Ursynów etc.), and Warsaw on the right bank of the Vistula (Praga, Białołęka etc.). If you prefer a mass in English, St. Paul’s English Speaking Catholic Parish of Warsaw (al. Solidarności 80 Street) offers service in English, including a Christmas Vigil Mass in English at 10 pm on Christmas Eve. (Facebook page in English). Click here to read our post about Christmas traditions in Poland.

The ice skating rink in the Old Town
Location: Old Town Square (city center). Free entrance. Opening hours: 10 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 3 pm. Website and Facebook page.

The ice skating rink ‘Figlowisko’ in Ursynów
Location: Aleja Komisji Edukacji Narodowej 60 Street (Ursynów). Opening hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including bank holidays. Website, info about tickets, and Facebook page.

The ice skating rink in Wilanów Sports Center
Location: Gubinowska 28/30 Street (Wilanów). Opening hours: 18 am – 2 pm. Website, info about tickets, and Facebook page.

Outdoor Christmas Market in the Old Town
Location: Warsaw Old Town, the Warsaw Barbican area, next to the Castel Square (Plac Zamkowy). Opening hours: 11 am – 4 pm, Souvenirs, gifts, local crafts and food like pierogi, hot chocolate or… ice-cream. Facebook event in Polish.

Zachęta National Gallery of Art
Location: Plac Małachowskiego 3 (city center), 12 pm – 3 pm. Click here to read more in English about the Gallery.

Swimming at Warszawianka swimming pool
Location: Warszawianka swimming pool, Merliniego 4 Street (Mokotów). Opening hours: 6 am – 2 pm. Website in English.

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. The event runs until February 23, 2020.

Christmas illuminations and decorations along Warsaw’s streets (20 km of streets)
The lights are switched starting from dusk, from around 3.30 pm. The main attractions focus on “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). Facebook event in Polish and English.

Botanical Garden in Powsin
Location: Prawdziwka 2 Street, 02-973 Powsin. Opening hours: 9 am – 1.30 pm. Free entrance on December 24. Click here to read our tips in English on visiting the Garden.

Warsaw Zoo
Location: Ratuszowa 1/3 Street (Praga), 9 am – 4 pm. Click here to read tips in English about visiting the Warsaw Zoo. The Zoo is open every day, including all public holidays!

Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, 2019

A bank/public holiday in Poland. Stores, malls, shopping centers, public institutions, schools are CLOSED.

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, free entrance.

The ice skating rink ‘Figlowisko’ in Ursynów
Location: Aleja Komisji Edukacji Narodowej 60 Street (Ursynów). Opening hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including bank holidays. Website, info about tickets, and Facebook page.

Winter shows – the Multimedia Fountain Park
Location: Skwer Dywizji Pancernej (the area between the Old Town and Vistula), free entrance. The holiday illuminations at the Fountain Park are on every day from 3 pm. 15-minutes shows with music: 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm. More in English.

“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 at 6.30 pm, 7.30 pm, 8.30 pm. Click here to read Kids in the City tips in English about the illuminations festival and on visiting the Wilanów Palace Museum and Park. The Exhibition runs until February 23, 2020.

Outdoor Christmas Market in the Old Town
Location: Warsaw Old Town, the Warsaw Barbican area, next to the Castel Square (Plac Zamkowy). Opening hours: December 25-26 12 pm – 9.30 pm. Souvenirs, gifts, local crafts and food like pierogi, hot chocolate or… ice-cream. Facebook event in Polish.

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. The event runs until February 23, 2020.

Christmas illuminations and decorations along Warsaw’s streets (20 km of streets)
The lights are switched starting from dusk, from around 3.30 pm. The main attractions focus on “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. Facebook event in Polish and English.

Warsaw Zoo
Location: Ratuszowa 1/3 Street (Praga), 9 am – 4 pm. Click here to read tips in English about visiting the Warsaw Zoo. The Zoo is open every day, including all public holidays!

The Second Day of Christmas, Thursday, December 26, 2019

A bank/public holiday in Poland. Stores, malls, shopping centers, public institutions, schools are CLOSED.

Winter shows – the Multimedia Fountain Park
Location: Skwer Dywizji Pancernej (the area between the Old Town and Vistula), free entrance. The holiday illuminations at the Fountain Park are on every day from 3 pm. 15-minutes shows with music: 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm. More in English.

Viewing Platform on the 30th floor of the Palace of Culture and Science
Location: Palace of Culture and Science, entrance from Marszałkowska Street, 12 pm – 8 pm. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Platform.

The ice skating rink in the Old Town
Location: Old Town Square (city center). Free entrance. Opening hours: 10 am – 12 pm, 1 pm – 3 pm, 4 pm – 6 pm, 7 pm – 9 pm. Website and Facebook page.

The ice skating rink at Plac Europejski in Wola
Location: Plac / Square Europejski (Wola). Opening hours: 4 pm – 9 pm. Facebook page in Polish

The ice skating rink ‘Figlowisko’ in Ursynów
Location: Aleja Komisji Edukacji Narodowej 60 Street (Ursynów). Opening hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including bank holidays. Website, info about tickets, and Facebook page.

The ice skating rink in Wilanów Sports Center
Location: Gubinowska 28/30 Street (Wilanów). Opening hours: 11 am – 9.30 pm. Website, info about tickets, and Facebook page.

The Royal Castle
Location: Plac Zamkowy 4 / Castle Square 4, 11 am – 6 pm. Click here to read why the Castle is worth visiting.

The National Museum in Warsaw
Location: Aleje Jerozolimskie 3 Street (city center), 11 am – 8 pm. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the National Museum.

Zachęta National Gallery of Art
Location: Plac Małachowskiego 3 (city center), 12 pm – 8 pm. Click here to read more in English about the Gallery.

Ujazdowski Castle – Centre for Contemporary Art
Location: Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art (Zamek Ujazdowski, Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej), Jazdów 2 Street (the castle close to Agrykola Park and Łazienki Park), 12 pm – 5 pm, free entrance on Thursdays. More in English.

The Museum of Modern Art
Location: “Museum on the Vistula” Pavilion, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22 Street (Powiśle, on the Vistula bank). Click here to read more in English about the Museum.

POLIN – Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Location: Anielewicza 6 Street (Muranów), 10 am – 6 pm. Click here to read our tips in English – opening hours, tickets, etc., and click here to see the photos and read our feature story in English about visiting the POLIN Museum with children.

“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 at 6.30 pm, 7.30 pm, 8.30 pm. Click here to read Kids in the City tips in English about the illuminations festival and on visiting the Wilanów Palace Museum and Park. The Exhibition runs until February 23, 2020.

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, free entrance.

Outdoor Christmas Market in the Old Town
Location: Warsaw Old Town, the Warsaw Barbican area, next to the Castel Square (Plac Zamkowy). Opening hours: December 25-26 12 pm – 9.30 pm. Souvenirs, gifts, local crafts and food like pierogi, hot chocolate or… ice-cream. Facebook event in Polish.

Swimming at Warszawianka swimming pool
Location: Warszawianka swimming pool, Merliniego 4 Street (Mokotów). Opening hours: 2 pm – 10 pm. Website in English.

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. The event runs until February 23, 2020.

Christmas illuminations and decorations along Warsaw’s streets (20 km of streets)
The lights are switched starting from dusk, from around 3.30 pm. The main attractions focus on “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. Facebook event in Polish and English.

Warsaw Zoo
Location: Ratuszowa 1/3 Street (Praga), 9 am – 4 pm. Click here to read tips in English about visiting the Warsaw Zoo. The Zoo is open every day, including all public holidays!

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