Events and things to do in Warsaw in January
- January 1
New Year’s Day (Nowy Rok)
A bank holiday – 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 1-7
Christmas Market in the Old Town
Location: Warsaw Old Town, next to the Castle Square and Sigismund’s Column. Open every day including January 1 (a bank holiday). Monday – Thursday and Sunday 11 am – 8 pm, Friday – Saturday 11 am – 9.30 pm, free entrance. Facebook page in Polish.
- January 1-28
Multimedia Fountain Park
Location: Skwer Dywizji 1, Podzamcze (city center), free entrance. Christmas season: Fifteen-minute light and music shows on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 4, 5, 6 pm. Monday, January 1: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 pm. Saturday, January 6: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 pm. Click here to read our tips in English about Multimedia Fountain Park (how to get there, where to have coffee etc.)
- January 1 – February 25
“The Royal Garden of Lights”
Location: Wilanów Palace Garden, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street. Open every day until February 25, 2018: 4 pm – 9 pm. Monday – Friday, regular tickets 10 PLN, reduced tickets 5 PLN. Saturday – Sunday, regular tickets 20 PLN, reduced tickets 10 PLN. Free admission for children under 7 (every day;) It can be crowded during weekends, buy tickets online to skip the line. Click here to read Kids in the City tips on visiting the Wilanów Palace Museum and Park. Mappings (illumination, picture, and sound) on the Palace façade on Saturdays and Sundays (15 minutes) at 5.30 pm, 6.30 pm, 7.30 pm, and 8.30 pm.
- January 1 – end of winter season
Zimowy Narodowy – winter sports zones at the National Stadium, including ice rinks
Location: PGE National Stadium, Al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1 Street (Praga). Opening hours on Monday, January 1: 12.30 pm – 12 am. Website in English. Click here to check out the list of 22 Ice skating rinks in Warsaw.
- January 4
“Bethlehem in Warsaw” – a concert of Polish and international carols and songs
Location: Torwar Hall, Łazienkowska 6a Street, 7 pm. Click here to buy tickets online and read more in Polish. Facebook event in Polish. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the foundation that supports undernourished people.
- January 6
Epiphany / The Three Wise Kings (Trzech Króli)
A bank holiday. 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 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 i Baltazar); it’s also the abbreviation of the Latin phrase Christus mansionem benedicat (May Christ bless this house).
- January 7
Concert of Christmas carols and carnival songs by 4 Warsaw choirs
Location: Concert Hall of The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Okólnik 2 Street (city center), 5 pm. Free entrance (you need to get a free pass at the University Bookstore located in the University building, the bookstore is open from January 3 and 30 minutes before the concert – Chopin University Press / eFryderyk.pl). Facebook event in Polish.
- January 12-18
- January 13
Concert of the classical and jazz music at the Warsaw University of Technology
Location: Warsaw University of Technology (Politechnika Warszawska), Plac Politechniki 1, 6 pm, free tickets to be collected at the University. Facebook event in Polish, and detailed info in Polish. A great opportunity to visit the Politechnika building – stunning architecture!
- January 13
“Grand Sale” – Fashion Fair
Location: Dom Towarowy Bracia Jabłkowscy, Bracka 25 Street (city center), 11 am – 7 pm. Facebook event in Polish.
- January 14
Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, 26th Grand Finale (Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy)
The biggest charity event in Poland. 2018 winter fundraiser will be held in order to raise funds to purchase equipment to ensure that all babies born in Poland can have equal access to health care. Many concerts, shows and other events all over Warsaw and 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 14
“Och! Bazar” – Polish fashion fair
Location: “Babka do wynajęcia”, Młocińska 5/7 Street (close to Arkadia shopping mall), 11 am – 5 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish and English.
- January 15-26
Winter school break at Warsaw schools (ferie zimowe)
In Poland, schools are closed for 2 weeks during winter season (January and February), each year it’s different time for different regions / voivodships in Poland. In 2018, in Warsaw and Mazowieckie Voivodship it’s January 15-26.
- January 16
The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring in Concert
Location: Torwar Hall, Łazienkowska 6a Street, 7 pm. 250 musicians (symphony orchestra, choir, and soloists) on stage performing live concert beneath a big screen. Click here to buy tickets online, and here to learn more in English.
- January 20
“Fashion in Warsaw” – Polish fashion fair
Location: Palace of Culture and Science, entrance from Jerozolimskie Street, Kinoteka. 12 pm – 7 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.
- 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.
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