Events and things to do in Warsaw in January 2020

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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.

Events in English in Warsaw in January 2020

Free Polish language classes for foreigners
Thursday: January 9, 16, 23, 30
Location: the Wilanów Library (Biblioteka Publiczna), Kolegiacka 3 Street (Wilanów), 10.30 am – 12 pm. Registration: wilanow@bibliotekawilanowska.pl. Facebook event in Polish and English.

“Bard Fiction” – a free theater in English by “The Cheerful Hamlets” 
January 12, 17, and 18
Location: Łowicka Cultural Center (Centrum Łowicka), Łowicka 21 Street (Mokotów), 6 pm, free entrance. Shakespearean arrangement of “Pulp Fiction”. Facebook event in Polish.

Guided tour IN ENGLISH at The Museum of Modern Art
Saturday: January 4, 11, 18, 25
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.

Saturday Artwalk – guided tour IN ENGLISH
Saturday: January 11
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.

Free traditional Indian yoga class IN ENGLISH – “Yoga with Kirti
Saturday: January 11, 18, 25
Location: the Embassy of India, Myśliwiecka 2 Street (city center), 10 am – 11 am. Please bring your ID to enter the Embassy and register at kirtiyogafit@gmail.com. Facebook event in Polish.

Polish film for foreigners – “Pan T” / “Mister T”
Tuesday: January 21
Location: Nove Kino Wisła, Plac Wilsona 2 (Żoliborz), 8.15 pm. Facebook event in English and Polish.

Science Festival at the French School (Lycée français de Varsovie)
Saturday: January 25
Location: Lycée français de Varsovie, Walecznych 4/6 Street (Saska Kępa), 11 am – 4 pm, free entrance, online registration required. Children and adults will have the opportunity to take part in more than 30 workshops and experiments provided in French, Polish and English and dedicated to: chemistry, mathematics, physics, earth and life sciences, technology and informatics. More in English about the event. Facebook event in French, Polish, and English.

‘Nature walk in the Wilanów gardens’ – educational walk for children and adults guided IN ENGLISH
Saturday: January 25
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). Meeting point on a map (a ticket office / kasa muzeum marked as no. 1). Tickets: 10 PLN (online tickets). In January: A winter meeting with the animals – looking for tracks and traces of animals living in the park. Click here to read more in English. Facebook event in English.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) IN ENGLISH
Saturdays: January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Location: Przy Iluzjonie, Narbutta 48/5 Street (Mokotów), 10 am – 12.30 pm. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a blend of meditation, mind & body awareness, and yoga: : learning through regular practice and study how your body handles (and can resolve) stress neurologically. Facebook event in English.

Exhibitions in Warsaw in January 2020

Exhibition of LEGO constructions from around the world
Location: PGE National Stadium, Al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1 Street (Praga). Monday – Friday 10 am – 9 pm, Saturday – Sunday 10 am – 8 pm. Online tickets. Website in Polish. The Exhibition runs until March 8.

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.

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.

“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 has been prolonged until February 23.

“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 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 countries. More in English about the Exhibition. Click here to read our tips in English on visiting the Museum.

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.

“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 exhibition. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Museum for Children. The Exhibition runs until March 1, 2020.

‘Disco Relaks’ – an 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 January 2020

  • Until January 6

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, January 1: 11 am – 8 pm. Souvenirs, gifts, local crafts and food like pierogi, hot chocolate or… ice-cream. Facebook event in Polish.

  • Until February 2

Animated Nativity Scene with moving statues
Location: the church / Kościół Przemienienia Pańskiego (Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord), Miodowa 13 Street (Old Town). Open every day until February 2 (Monday – Friday 12 pm – 6.30 pm; Saturday-Sunday 11 am – 6.30 pm), free entrance. More in Polish, including photos.

  • Until March 8

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.

  • January 1

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 3.30 pm. 15-minutes shows with music: 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm. More in English. The winter shows run until January 31, 2020.

  • January 3-5

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 3.30 pm. 15-minutes shows with music: 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm. More in English. The winter shows run until January 31, 2020.

  • January 4

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.

Farmers’ market of organic food
Location: ‘Elektrownia Powiśle’, Zajęcza 2b Street (Powiśle), free entrance, 9 am – 3 pm, cash only. Facebook event in Polish.

Christmas carols concert – carol singing for the whole family
Location: Saska Kępa Cultural Center “PROM”, Brukselska 23 Street, 5 pm. Online tickets (25 PLN). Facebook event in Polish.

  • January 5

Figure skating competition – ‘Walley Cup’
Location: Torwar ice rink, Łazienkowska 6A Street, free entrance for spectators, 9 am – 7 pm. More in Polish.

Christmas carols concert by Tatra mountains highlanders
Location: the church / Kościół oo. Barnabitów, Sobieskiego 15 Street (Wilanów), free entrance, 6 pm. 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 parade. More in Polish.

  • January 10

Live concert enhanced with visualizations on the planetarium dome – New Year Concert & Christmas songs
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.

“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.

  • January 10-12

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 3.30 pm. 15-minutes shows with music: 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm. More in English. The winter shows run until January 31, 2020.

  • January 11

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.

A concert of Christmas and holiday songs from around the world
Location: Torwar Arena, Łazienkowska 6a Street (Mokotów), 7 pm, online tickets. 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.

Farmers’ market of organic food
Location: ‘Elektrownia Powiśle’, Zajęcza 2b Street (Powiśle), free entrance, 9 am – 3 pm, cash only. Facebook event in Polish.

  • January 11-12

International Cat Show
Location: Piaseczno Sports Center, Sikorskiego 20 Street, 05-500 Piaseczno, 10 am – 5.30 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

  • 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.

Fair of Polish fashion – ‘Och!Bazar‘ – winter sale with Polish designers
Location: Nowy Fort, Stefana Czarnieckiego 51 Street (Żoliborz), free entrance, 11 am – 6 pm. 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 9 am – 5 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). The Museum’s website in EnglishFacebook event in Polish.

“Bard Fiction” – a free theater in English by “The Cheerful Hamlets” 
Location: Łowicka Cultural Center (Centrum Łowicka), Łowicka 21 Street (Mokotów), 6 pm, free entrance. Shakespearean arrangement of “Pulp Fiction”. Facebook event in Polish.

  • January 17

Live concert (violin, piano, cello) 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.

“Bard Fiction” – a free theater in English by “The Cheerful Hamlets” 
Location: Łowicka Cultural Center (Centrum Łowicka), Łowicka 21 Street (Mokotów), 6 pm, free entrance. Shakespearean arrangement of “Pulp Fiction”. Facebook event in Polish.

  • January 17-19

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 3.30 pm. 15-minutes shows with music: 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm. More in English. The winter shows run until January 31, 2020.

  • January 17-23

German Film Festival (Tydzień Filmu Niemieckiego)
Location: Kino Muranów, Gen. Andersa 5 Street. Facebook event in Polish, and detailed info in Polish.

  • January 18

Free traditional Indian yoga class IN ENGLISH – “Yoga with Kirti
Location: the Embassy of India, Myśliwiecka 2 Street (city center), 10 am – 11 am. Please bring your ID to enter the Embassy and register at kirtiyogafit@gmail.com. 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.

Farmers’ market of organic food
Location: ‘Elektrownia Powiśle’, Zajęcza 2b Street (Powiśle), free entrance, 9 am – 3 pm, cash only. Facebook event in Polish.

‘Grand Bazar’ fair – sales
Location: Centrum Bankowo-Finansowe, Nowy Świat 6/12 Street (city center), 11 am – 7 pm, free entrance. Fashion, accessories, cosmetics, design, plants, vintage. Facebook event in Polish.

“Bard Fiction” – a free theater in English by “The Cheerful Hamlets” 
Location: Łowicka Cultural Center (Centrum Łowicka), Łowicka 21 Street (Mokotów), 6 pm, free entrance. Shakespearean arrangement of “Pulp Fiction”. Facebook event in Polish.

  • January 19

Fair of Dresses – sale
Location: “Znajomi Znajomych”, Wilcza 58a Street (city center), 10 am – 5 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

  • January 24

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.

  • January 24-26

Book & Vinyl Festival
Location: Hala Gwardii, Plac Żelaznej Bramy 1 (city center), free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

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 3.30 pm. 15-minutes shows with music: 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm. More in English. The winter shows run until January 31, 2020.

  • January 25

Science Festival at the French School (Lycée français de Varsovie)
Location: Lycée français de Varsovie, Walecznych 4/6 Street (Saska Kępa), 11 am – 4 pm, free entrance, online registration required. Children and adults will have the opportunity to take part in more than 30 workshops and experiments provided in French, Polish and English and dedicated to: chemistry, mathematics, physics, earth and life sciences, technology and informatics. More in English about the event. Facebook event in French, Polish, and English.

‘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). Meeting point on a map (a ticket office / kasa muzeum marked as no. 1). Tickets: 10 PLN (online tickets). In January: A winter meeting with the animals – looking for tracks and traces of animals living in the park. Click here to read more in EnglishFacebook event in English.

Free traditional Indian yoga class IN ENGLISH – “Yoga with Kirti
Location: the Embassy of India, Myśliwiecka 2 Street (city center), 10 am – 11 am. Please bring your ID to enter the Embassy and register at kirtiyogafit@gmail.com. Facebook event in Polish.

‘Wege Bazar – vegan winter’ – fair of vegan products
Location: Klubokawiarnia Medyka, Oczki 1a Street (Ochota), 12 pm – 7 pm, free entrance. 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.

Farmers’ market of organic food
Location: ‘Elektrownia Powiśle’, Zajęcza 2b Street (Powiśle), free entrance, 9 am – 3 pm, cash only. Facebook event in Polish.

  • January 25 – February 8

The Witold Lutosławski Festival of modern classical music
Location: Polish Radio Concert Studio, Modzelewskiego 59 Street (Mokotów). Click here to read the Festival program in Polish.

  • January 26

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 2020.

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. Facebook event in Polish and English.

  • January 31

The last winter shows this season – 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 3.30 pm. 15-minutes shows with music: 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm. More in English. The winter shows run until January 31, 2020.

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.

Events at international schools and preschools in Warsaw in January 2020

  • January 11

Open Day at Akademeia High School
Location: Akademeia High School, Ledóchowskiej 2 Street (Wilanów). Click here to learn more in English about the open day event and to register. Facebook event in English.

  • January 23

Open House at Warsaw Montessori School
Location: Szwoleżerów  4 Street (Mokotów). Learn more in English.

  • January 25

Open Day at Little Sprouts Nursery
Location: Ludwika Rydygiera 17 Street (Żoliborz). More in English.

  • January 25-26

Recruitment weekend at Akademeia High School
Location: Akademeia High School, Ledóchowskiej 2 Street (Wilanów). More in English.

  • January 29

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

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 visit 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.

Things to do in Warsaw on 2 public holidays: January 1 and January 6

  • 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.

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 – 8 pm, Souvenirs, gifts, local crafts and food like pierogi, hot chocolate or… ice-cream. Facebook event in Polish.

Animated Nativity Scene with moving statues
Location: the church / Kościół Przemienienia Pańskiego (Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord), Miodowa 13 Street (Old Town), 11 am – 6.30 pm, free entrance. More in Polish, including photos.

The National Museum in Warsaw
Location: Aleje Jerozolimskie 3 Street (city center), 12 pm – 6 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), 2 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), 2 pm – 6 pm. More in 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!

Botanical Garden in Powsin
Location: Prawdziwka 2 Street, 02-973 Powsin. Opening hours: 9 am – 4 pm. Click here to read our tips in English on visiting the Garden.

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

The ice skating rink in Konstancin
Location: Park Zdrojowy, next to the stage (Amfiteatr). Tickets: adults 5 PLN, children 3 PLN. Opening hours: 4 pm – 10 pm. Website.

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: 2 pm – 10 pm. Website, info about tickets, and Facebook page.

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.

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 3.30 pm. 15-minutes shows with music on January 1: 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 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.

Festive illuminations and decorations along Warsaw’s streets (20 km of streets)
The lights are switched starting from dusk, from 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

  • 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.

Three Kings’ Day Celebration in Warsaw – the procession of the Magi
Location: the proce4ssion starta 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 parade. More in Polish.

Christmas concert by Warsaw University Choir – Christmas songs from around the world, Renaissance Polish Christmas carols, and contemporary pastorals
Location: Saska Kępa Cultural Center “PROM”, Brukselska 23 Street, 5 pm. Online tickets (20 PLN). Facebook event in Polish.

Free Christmas carols concert by “Poznańskie Słowiki” – The Boys’ and Men’s Choir of the Poznań Philharmonic
Location: the church / Świątynia Opatrzności Bożej, Hlonda 1 Street (Wilanów), free entrance, 5.30 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Free Christmas carols concert by Polonia Choir
Location: the church / Kościół św. Aleksandra, Plac Trzech Krzyży (city center), free entrance, 10.30 am. Facebook event in Polish.

Animated Nativity Scene with moving statues
Location: the church / Kościół Przemienienia Pańskiego (Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord), Miodowa 13 Street (Old Town), 12 pm – 6.30 pm, free entrance. More in Polish, including photos.

Exhibition of LEGO constructions from around the world
Location: PGE National Stadium, Al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1 Street (Praga), 10 am – 8 pm. Online tickets. Website in Polish. The Exhibition runs until March 8.

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.

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.

Warsaw Zoo
Location: Ratuszowa 1/3 Street (Praga), 9 am – 4 pm. Click here to read tips in English about visiting the Warsaw Zoo

Dollhouse Museum
Location: Plac Defilad 1 (the Palace of Culture and Science), 9 am – 7 pm. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Museum.

Viewing Platform on the 30th floor of the Palace of Culture and Science
Location: Palace of Culture and Science, entrance from Marszałkowska Street, 10 am – 8 pm. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Platform.

Botanical Garden in Powsin
Location: Prawdziwka 2 Street, 02-973 Powsin. Opening hours: 9 am – 4 pm. Click here to read our tips in English on visiting the Garden.

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 ‘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 – 10 pm. Website, info about tickets, and Facebook page.

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.

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 3.30 pm. 15-minutes shows with music on January 6: 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 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.

Festive illuminations and decorations along Warsaw’s streets (20 km of streets)
The lights are switched starting from dusk, from 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.

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