February 2021 in Warsaw: ideas and recommendations for making the most of your wintertime in Warsaw

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Ice skating rinks re-opened in February in Warsaw

An outdoor ice rink in Praga, at Plac Konesera (re-opened from February 12)
Location: Plac (square) Konesera, Centrum Praskie Koneser (Praga). Opening hours: 10 am – 10 pm (75 min-sessions and 15-min breaks, additional long 90-min break 2.30 pm – 4 pm). If you show a receipt for a minimum amount of PLN 20 (for shopping and restaurants at the Koneser Center), entry to the ice rink and rental are free. You can only buy a ticket for the nearest slot. It is not possible to purchase a ticket earlier and use it at another time. More in Polish.

An indoor ice skating rink ‘Figlowisko’ in Ursynów (re-opened from February 12)
Location: Aleja Komisji Edukacji Narodowej 60 Street (Ursynów). Opening hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including bank holidays. Ice skates can be rented on site. Website, info about tickets, and Facebook page.

An outdoor ice skating rink in Wilanów (re-opened from February 12)
Location: Royal Wilanów, Klimczaka 1 Street. Opening hours: 10 am – 9 pm. 30 people can enter each 45-minute slot. More in Polish.

An indoor ice skating rink in Targówek/Bródno (re-opened from February 12)
Location: Łabiszyńska 20 Street (Targówek). Opening hours: Monday-Friday 2 pm – 9 pm, Saturday-Sunday 9 am – 9 pm. Technical breaks: Monday – Friday 6.30 pm – 7 pm, Saturday-Sunday 12 pm – 12.30 pm , 3 pm – 3.30 pm, 6 pm – 6.30 pm. Website, info about tickets, and Facebook page.

Stegny outdoor ice rink and a track (re-opened from February 15)
Location: Inspektowa 1 Street (Mokotów). Opening hours: Monday – Friday 7 pm – 9 pm, Saturday – Sunday 12 pm – 2 pm, 3 pm – 5 pm, 6 pm – 8 pm. Website, info about tickets, and Facebook page.

Read more in our post: Ice Skating in Warsaw.

Museums and galleries re-opened in February in Warsaw

According to the new regulations, museums in Poland may be open to visitors. Please note that you can only visit when wearing masks and there are limits on the number of visitors.

Zachęta National Gallery of Art /contemporary art (re-opened from February 1)
Location: Zachęta, Plac Małachowskiego 3 (city center). Monday – Sunday (12 pm – 8 pm), free entrance on Thursdays. More in English about the Gallery.

Museum of Life under Communism (re-opened from February 1)
Location: Muzeum życia w PRL, Piękna 28/34 Street, next to Plac (Square) Konstytucji (city center). Opening hours: Monday-Thursday and Saturday-Sunday 10 am – 6 pm, Friday 12 pm – 8 pm. The Museum presents how people used to live during communist times in Poland. There are few different sections where you can experience propaganda, lifestyle, politics or ordinary day from the times. The exhibition has descriptions in Polish and English. There is also an audio guide available in English (to be downloaded on the phone). More in English about the Museum.

The National Museum (re-opened from February 2)
Location: The National Museum in Warsaw (Muzeum Narodowe), Aleje Jerozolimskie 3 Street (city center), Tuesday-Sunday (10 am – 6 pm). Free entrance until February 7. Our tips in English about visiting the National Museum.

The exhibitions/museums in Łazienki (re-opened from February 2)
Location: Royal Łazienki Garden, Agrykola 1 Street, opening hours Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4.30 pm. Free entrance on Fridays (you will need to get a free pass at the ticket office). Click here to read our tips in English.

The Ujazdowski Castle – Centre for Contemporary Art (re-opened from February 2)
Location: Zamek Ujazdowski, Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej, Jazdów 2 Street (the castle close to Agrykola Park and Łazienki Park). Opening hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 11 am – 6 pm; Thursday and Friday 12 pm – 8 pm; Saturday 10 am – 7 pm; Sunday 11 am – 6 pm. Free entrance on Thursdays. More in English about the Gallery.

The Frederic Chopin Museum in Warsaw (re-opened from February 2)
Location: Okólnik 1 Street (Powiśle). Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance on Wednesday. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Chopin Museum.

The Warsaw Royal Castle (re-opened from February 2)
Location: Zamek Królewski, Plac Zamkowy 4 / Castle Square 4. Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm. Free entrance on Wednesday (you will need to get a free pass at the ticket office). Ticket prices: 30 PLN (regular) and 20 PLN (reduced). The ticket price includes an audioguide. Our tips in English on visiting the Castle.

The Polish Army Museum (re-opened from February 3)
Location: Muzeum Wojska Polskiego, Al. Jerozolimskie 3 (city center). Opening hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. Free entrance on Thursdays. The open-air exhibition (artillery, armored equipment, naval equipment, airplanes, helicopters, missile weapons) located in the park next to the Museum is open Monday – Sunday, 9 am – 4 pm. Admission to the outdoor exhibition is free. More in English about the Museum.

The Museum of Polish Military Technology (re-opened from February 3)
Location: Muzeum Polskiej Techniki Wojskowej, Powsińska 13 (Mokotów/Sadyba). Outdoor exhibition, opening hours: open every day, 10 am – 4 pm, free entrance. Facebook page in Polish.

The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (re-opened from February 4)
Location: Anielewicza 6 Street (Muranów). Opening hours: Thursday, Friday (10 am – 4 pm); Saturday, Sunday (10 am – 6 pm). The Museum is closed every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Free entrance on Thursday. Our tips in English on visiting the Museum. Our featured story on visiting the Museum with children.

The Museum of Asia and Pacific (re-opened from February 4)
Location: Muzeum Azji i Pacyfiku, Solec 24A Street (Powiśle). You can visit a permanent exhibition “Sound Zone”. The exhibition presents 120 musical instruments originating from various Asian countries. Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 12 pm – 6 pm, free entrance until March 11. More in English about the Exhibition. Click here to read our tips in English on visiting the Museum.

The Museum of Warsaw (re-opened from February 4)
Location: Muzeum Warszawy, Rynek Starego Miasta 28-42 (the Old Town Market Square), free admission for the first week and 50% discount in the following weeks (until further notice), online tickets, Thursday-Sunday (11 am – 8 pm). More in English about the Museum.

The Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów (re-opened from February 4)
Location: Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street (Wilanów), online tickets (children up to 7 free entrance; admission free on Thursdays), open on Thursday (11 am – 3 pm) and Saturday & Sunday (10 am – 3 pm). Click here to read our in English about the museum and the illuminations festival in Wilanów

The Museum of Modern Art (re-opened from February 5)
Location: “Museum on the Vistula” Pavilion, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22 Street (on the Vistula bank). Opening hours: Tuesday-Thursday 12 pm – 7 pm; Friday 12 pm – 8 pm; Saturday 11 am – 8 pm; Sunday 11 am – 6 pm. Regular ticket: 5 PLN, reduced ticket: 2 PLN. A new exhibition: “Henryk Streng/Marek Włodarski and Polish–Jewish Modernism” (Facebook event in English, Ukrainian, and Polish). More in English about the exhibition. The Exhibition runs from February 5 until May 9, 2021.

The Natural History Museum/Museum of Evolution (re-opened from February 6)
Location: Muzeum Ewolucji, the Palace of Culture and Science, entrance from Świętokrzyska Street (city center). Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday, 9 am – 3 pm. Please note that the Museum is relatively old and needs some investments. However, kids that are fascinated with dinosaurs will love it anyway. Our tips in English on visiting the Museum.

The Copernicus Science Center (re-opened from February 6)
Location: Centrum Nauki Kopernik, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle). Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday-Sunday 10 am – 7 pm. Our tips in English on visiting the Center.

The Neon Museum (re-opened from February 6)
Location: Muzeum Neonów, Soho Factory, Mińska 25 Street, building no. 55 (Praga). Opening hours: Saturday 1.30 pm – 5 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm. Regular ticket 15 PLN, reduced ticket 12 PLN, children up to 6 free entrance. The Neon Muzeum is dedicated to the documentation and the preservation of Cold War era neon signs. More in English about the Museum.

The Geological Museum (re-opened from February 7)
Location: Muzeum Geologiczne, Rakowiecka 4 Street, entrance from Wiśniowa Street (Mokotów). Opening hours: every Sunday in February, 10 am – 3 pm, free entrance. There are mainly rocks and minerals displayed but kids will enjoy for sure some huge fossils, skeletons of Ice Age animals, a cave or model of a dinosaur featured in the Jurassic Park (Dilophosaurus). The Museum is spacious and airy, and you will hear loud WOW when your kids see the skeletons. Our tips in English on visiting the Museum.

The Warsaw Railway Museum (re-opened from February 8) 
Location: Stacja Muzeum, Towarowa 3 Street (Wola), open every day, 9 am – 5 pm. Free entrance on Mondays, children up to 7 free entrance. The museum is located in the former main train station in Warsaw, at the junction of three districts: Wola, Śródmieście, and Ochota. In addition to the exhibition inside the building (the history of railways in Poland and in the world), 50 rail vehicles built in different periods of history can be seen on the platforms of the former railway station. Online ticketsThe Museum website in English.

The Warsaw Rising Museum (re-opened from February 8)
Location: Muzeum Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie, Grzybowska 79 Street (city center/Wola). Opening hours: 10 am – 6 pm, the Museum is closed on Tuesdays. Free admission on Monday (you will need to get a free pass at the ticket office). More in English about the Museum.

The Maria Skłodowska-Curie Museum (re-opened from February 9)
Location: Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, Freta 16 Street (the Old Town), free admission on Tuesday. Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 12 pm – 5 pm. More in English about the Museum.

The exhibition of live spiders and scorpions (re-opened from February 12)
Location: the Palace of Culture and Science, pl. Defilad 1, entrance from Marszałkowska Street, open every day, 10 am – 7 pm, online tickets: regular 22 PLN, reduced 18 PLN, family 2+2 60 PLN, children up to 4 free entrance. Each weekend (at 12 pm, 2 pm, and 4 pm) the visitors can hold a spider (the most gentle tarantula) in the hand and take close photographs with the assist of an exhibition employee. More in Polish about the Exhibition. Facebook event in Polish.

The Ethnographic Museum (re-opened from February 16)
Location: Państwowe Muzeum Etnograficzne, Kredytowa 1 Street (city center). Free entrance on Thursdays.  Opening hours:  Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 am – 5 pm, Wednesday 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm. The exhibitions include folk costumes from Poland and from around the world, ritual accessories, fabrics, decorative ceramics, woodcarving, historic instruments, toys, paper cut-outs, etc. as well as temporary exhibitions. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Museum.

The Museum for Children (re-opened from February 16)
Location: Museum for Children is a part of the Ethnographic Museum, Kredytowa 1 Street (city center). Free entrance on Thursdays.  Opening hours:  Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 am – 5 pm, Wednesday 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm. Children up to 7 free entrance. Current exhibition for children until April 30, 2021: “Eureka – discovery time!” exhibition connecting the worlds of philosophy and art. More in English about the current exhibition. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Museum for Children

The Museum “World of Illusion”
Location: Świat Iluzji, Rynek Starego Miasta 21 (the Old Town Market Square). Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 12 pm – 7 pm, Friday 12 pm – 8 pm, Saturday-Sunday 11 am – 8 pm, online tickets. More in English about the Museum.

“The Art of Banksy” Exhibition 
Location: Plac Konesera, Centrum Praskie Koneser (Praga). Opening hours: Monday – Friday 12 pm – 8 pm, Saturday – Sunday 10 am – 8 pm. The exhibition shows more than 70 of Banksy’s works (probably the most famous and also most mysterious graffiti artist in the world) – prints, photos, sculptures and many more. Online tickets (children up to 6 free entrance). More in English about the Exhibition. The Exhibition runs until June 30, 2021.

Be Happy Museum – Selfie Point
Location: Atrium Reduta shopping center, al. Jerozolimskie 148 Street (Ochota), opening hours Monday – Saturday 10 am – 9 pm, Sunday 10 am – 8 pm, online tickets. Dozens of scenes to take photos and rooms with the illusion (e.g. a pool with Marshmallow foams, a banana swing, magical unicorns). More in English about the Museum.

Selfie Museum Warsaw
Location: Grzybowska 80/82 Street (city center), opening hours Monday – Wednesday 3 pm – 8 pm, Thursday – Friday 1 pm – 8 pm, Saturday – Sunday 11 am – 9 pm. To book a slot/visit call +48 537 106 459. Facebook, Instagram.

Where to go sledging in Warsaw

When it starts to snow we often are asked where is a good place to go sledging and build a snowman in Warsaw. Each district in Warsaw has several smaller and larger hills where you can go sledding. 

Most of such spots are in Warsaw parks (eg. Park Górczewska in Bemowo, Las Bielański Park/forest in Bielany, Park Morskie Oko in Mokotów, Park Szczęśliwicki in Ochota, Park Skaryszewski in Praga Południe, Park Praski in Praga Północ, Las Bródnowski in Targówek, Park Sowińskiego in Wola).

Other hills, which are used for sledding in winter, were created after the completion of street construction and renovation or remained after the construction of the metro in Warsaw (eg. Kopa Cwila and Górka Kazurka in Ursynów).

Click here to read our new post with a rundown of some popular places to go sledging in Warsaw by the district.

The last days with winter illuminations in Warsaw in February 2021

Winter illuminations in Łazienki Royal Garden (UNTIL FEBRUARY 28)

Winter illuminations in Łazienki Królewskie are located in the part of the park called Aleja Chińska/Chinese Avenue (from the gate at Agrykola Street to the gate at Gagarina Street).

The illumination includes several meters high, luminous figures in period costumes, located along the Aleja Chińska. Colorful lights also illuminate the gates at Agrykola Street and Gagarina Street.

The festive lights in Łazienki Park are on every day from dusk until 8 pm (the gates at Agrykola Street and Gagarina Street close at 8.15 pm), free entrance. Click here to read more about visiting the Łazienki Park in our post.

“The Royal Garden of Light” – illuminations festival in Wilanów Park (The event has been extended to March 14, 2021)

“The Royal Garden of Light” is Warsaw’s must-see sight during the wintertime and both adults and children will love it. It’s located in the gardens of a baroque royal palace called the “Polish Versailles”, in the Wilanów district of Warsaw. The Wilanów festival is a unique open-air exhibition with thousands of diodes forming tunnels, trees, installations, and sculptures. The illuminations are accompanied by classical music and mappings on the palace façade (3D shows featuring sounds, images, and lights).

Read our tips in English about the Festival in Wilanów (ticket info, opening hours, etc.).

Winter illuminations at Multimedia Fountain Park (UNTIL FEBRUARY 14)

Multimedia Fountain Park is a free fountain complex located in between the Old Town/New Town area and the Vistula river. The festive illuminations this year include a special installation: thanks to the employees of medical services. In the 2020/2021 season, there will be NO multimedia shows with music and lights. More in English about the fountain park.

Holiday illuminations, a Christmas tree, and lights on Warsaw’s streets (UNTIL FEBRUARY 15)

This year, due to savings, illuminations light up fewer streets in Warsaw than in previous years. This year’s new illuminations are to reflect the spirit of pre-war Warsaw.

The largest Christmas tree in Warsaw is lit on Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy) in Warsaw’s Old Town. The main attractions on Warsaw streets focus on the “The Royal Route”, from the Castle Square/Plac Zamkowy (including the Christmas tree), Krakowskie Przedmieście Street, Nowy Świat Street to the de Gaulle roundabout (Rondo de Gaulle’a). 

The Old Town is also be decorated (including Piwna Street, Świętojańska Street, Old Town Square, Nowomiejska Street, Freta Street, New Town Square, Kościelna Street to Podzamcze).

More about the winter illuminations in Warsaw in 2021 in our post.

Ideas for things to do in Warsaw in February

A year-round artificial ski slope in Ochota (re-opened from February 12)
Location: Górka Szczęśliwicka, Park Szczęśliwicki, Drawska 22 Street (Ochota). Opening hours: 10 am – 8 pm (open every day). The height of the slope is 74.9 m, the length of the run is 227 m, a plate lift and a chairlift available. It’s worth going there from Monday to Friday. Please be advised that there is a lot of interest at the weekend (especially between 10 am – 2 pm) and the waiting time for the lifts is extended. Contacts to ski and snowboard schoolsInformation about ski and snowboard equipment rental and ski service (payment only in cash). Website and Facebook page in Polish.

Screenings at the Warsaw planetarium (re-opened from February 12)
Location: Planetarium in Copernicus Science Center, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle). The Planetarium screens films for adults and kids at a different age – some for 3+ audience and some shows for teenagers (2D and 3D screenings). All ticketed films and screenings at the Planetarium are available in English (except “Where the Dragons Lived”/Tam, gdzie żyły smoki) and some are available in Russian too. The current repertoire in Englishonline tickets. Click here to read our tips on visiting the Planetarium.

The birthplace of Frederic Chopin and park in Żelazowa Wola (re-opened from February 15)
Location: Chopin Museum and Park, 96-503 Sochaczew, Żelazowa Wola 15 (60 km from Warsaw). Opening hours: 10 am – 6 pm (the Museum is closed on Mondays). The number of visitors is limited to 600 people at the same time in the park and 10 in the Chopin annex. Free entrance on Wednesday, online ticketsClick here to read our tips in English about visiting the Museum.

The Viewing Platform of the Palace of Culture and Science
Location: Plac Defilad 1 (city center). The platform is located on the 30th floor (114 m high) of the Palace of Culture and Science. Opening hours: 10 am – 8 pm. Online ticketsOur tips about visiting the platform.

Warsaw Zoo
Location: Ratuszowa 1/3 Street (Praga), opening hours: 9 am – 4 pm. Last admission one hour before the Zoo closes. Online ticketsThe Zoo is open every day, including all public holidays! Two entrances/exits are open: from Ratuszowa Street and from the Gdański Bridge. The ticket office on the side of Gdańsk Bridge is open only on Fridays and weekends. Website in English.

Mini zoo/petting zoo  
Location: Mini Zoo, Kolorowa 19 lok. 156 Street, poziom/level -1 (Ursus), Monday – Friday 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm. At the Mini Zoo, you can feed and stroke the animals. The visits take place in the company of a Mini ZOO employee who will show and teach how to deal with animals. The Mini Zoo is located in the indoor heated room; tickets available for purchase on-site, no reservation is required. Facebook page. Website in Polish.

The Garden of the Royal Castle
Location: the Garden is located at the back of the Castle. You can enter the lower garden from Wisłostrada Street / the Vistula Boulevard side. Opening hours: 10 am – 6 pm. Free entrance. More about the Gardens of the Royal Castle in our post.

Botanical Garden of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Powsin
Location: Prawdziwka 2 Street, 02-973 Powsin. The Garden is located in Powsin, in the suburbs of Warsaw – between Wilanów and Konstancin. Opening hours: 9 am – 4 pm (weekends), 10 am – 4 pm (Monday-Friday). The orangery opening hours: 10 am – 4 pm. In winter, only the main entrance is open, from Prawdziwka 2 Street (the entrance from the Culture Park in Powsin/Park Kultury w Powsinie is closed). Our tips on visiting the Garden (ticket info, location, photos).

The Łazienki Royal Garden
Location: Agrykola 1 Street (city center). The park is open every day: 6 am – 8 pm, free entrance. More about the Łazienki Park in our post.

The Foreign Languages Library
Location: Meissnera 5 Street (Praga). The Library is reopened from December 1. All are welcome! Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1 pm – 7 pm; Tuesday, Thursday 11 am – 4 pm. It’s the biggest library in Warsaw offering books in different foreign languages Library. It has over 50,000 books, audiobooks, and films, including books for children and teenagers. Most of their collection is in English but there are also books in German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian, and Croatian. Facebook page in Polish & English. Website in Polish and English.

Park of the King Jan III’s Palace in Wilanów
Location: Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street (Wilanów). The park is a part of the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace – a baroque summer residence of King Jan III Sobieski and his wife, Queen Maria Kazimiera. It’s a vast park (45 hectares!) with gardens of different styles (Baroque, English landscape garden, rose garden, Anglo-Chinese garden) as well as Wilanowskie Lake, and lots of beautiful nature. The park’s opening hours: 9 am – 4 pm (last entry 3 pm). Regular ticket 7 PLN, reduced ticket 4 PLN (children up to 7 years old – free entrance), tickets for children from the European Union – 1 PLN. The ticket area begins in the courtyard (it used to be free). On Thursdays free admission based on tickets to be collected at the ticket office and ticket machines. It’s recommended to buy tickets online. More about the park and beautiful photos in our post.

“The Royal Garden of Light” – the illuminations festival in the Wilanów Palace Park (until March 14)
Location: Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street (Wilanów). Opening hours: 4 pm – 9 pm (last entry at 8 pm). Although the exhibition is located in the park (where masks are not mandatory in Poland), you must wear a mask in the exhibition area. Click here to read Kids in the City tips in English about the illuminations festival (mappings hours, tickets, parking lots, etc.).

Winter illuminations in the Łazienki Royal Garden (until February 28)
Location: Agrykola 1 Street (city center). Winter illuminations in Łazienki Królewskie are located in the part of the park called Aleja Chińska/Chinese Avenue (from the gate at Agrykola Street to the gate at Gagarina Street). The festive lights in Łazienki Park are on every day from the dusk until 8 pm (the gates at Agrykola Street and Gagarina Street close at 8.15 pm), free entrance. The winter illuminations in Łazienki are on until February 28, 2021More about the Łazienki Park in our post.

A Christmas tree, festive illuminations, and decorations along Warsaw’s streets (until February 15)
The lights are switched starting from dusk, from around 3.30 pm. The main attractions focus on the “The Royal Route”, from the Castle Square/Plac Zamkowy (including the Christmas tree), Krakowskie Przedmieście Street, Nowy Świat Street to the de Gaulle roundabout (Rondo de Gaulle’a). The Old Town is also decorated (including Piwna Street, Świętojańska Street, Old Town Square, Nowomiejska Street, Freta Street, New Town Square, Kościelna Street to Podzamcze). Find out more in our post on Warsaw’s illuminations in 2021.

Winter illuminations at Warsaw Multimedia Fountain Park (until February 14)
Multimedia Fountain Park (Multimedialny Park Fontann) is a free fountain complex located in between the Old Town/New Town area and the Vistula river. The festive illuminations include a special installation: thanks to the employees of medical services. In the 2020/2021 season, there will be NO multimedia shows with music and lights. More in English about the fountain parkOur post on Warsaw’s illuminations in 2021.

Weather in Poland in February

The average temperature in February in Poland is still below 0 (-0,3°C / 32°F). February is the least rainy month in Poland. The average rainfall level in Poland in February is 31 mm.

What does the word luty – February – mean in Polish? The word luty in the old Polish language meant fierce, very cold.

Sunset on February 1: 4.21 pm, February 28: 5.14 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.

Trade ban Sundays in Poland in February 2021

In February 2021, there is no shopping Sunday in Poland, all Sundays are trade ban days. The next shopping Sunday will be on March 28, 2021. Click here to read our post about shopping Sundays in Poland in 2021.

Dates to remember in Poland in February 2021

February is one of the few months when there is no bank/public holiday in Poland.

  • February 11

Fat Thursday (Tłusty Czwartek)
The last Thursday before Lent starts (it’s similar to Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday celebrations), in Poland it’s a donut / pączek day. In the morning, you can notice long lines in front of bakeries and cafes all over Poland. People all day long eat pączki (donuts filled with fruit jam) or faworki (French dough pastry served with powdered sugar) at schools, at work, at home. There are contests for the best pastry stores in the city and some families have pączek eating competition – who will eat the most donuts on Fat Thursday.

  • February 14

Valentine’s Day (Walentynki)
It’s a relatively new celebration in Poland (not observed in Poland during communism time before 1989), becoming more and more popular. School kids are making Valentine’s Day cards and couples remember to make a nice surprise.

  • February 16

Last day of the carnival, Śledzik (herring night), Ostatki (last days of carnival, Shrovetide Tuesday)
The last chance to party (typically with drinking and music) before the start of Lent (which doesn’t mean there are no parties during Lent in Poland, just not as many). The party / dinner is called in Polish Śledzik (little herring) – during old-fashioned Polish parties, it was a popular appetizer washed down with alcohol.

  • February 17

Ash Wednesday (Środa Popielcowa, Popielec)
The first day of Lent. People go to churches where priests put ashes (made from palm branches blessed on the previous year Palm Sunday) on people’s foreheads saying ‘Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return’ (‘Z prochu powstałeś i w proch się obrócisz’). It is a tradition among the Roman Catholics in Poland to avoid meat, alcohol, sweets, and snacks on that day.

Read more about public holidays and dates to remember in Poland in winter 2021.

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