Events and things to do in Warsaw in January 2019

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Things to do in Warsaw on Tuesday, January 1, 2019

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), 11 am – 8 pm. Souvenirs, gifts, local crafts and food like pierogi, hot chocolate. Facebook event in Polish.

“The Royal Garden of Lights” – illuminations festival in the Wilanów Garden
Location: Wilanów Garden, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street. Opening hours: 4 pm – 9 pm. It can be crowded during weekends, buy tickets online to skip the line (free admission for children under 7). Click here to read Kids in the City tips in English on visiting the Wilanów Palace Museum and Park.

Winter illuminations in Łazienki Royal Garden
Location: Łazienki Royal Garden, Chinese Avenue (Aleja Chińska), from Agrykola Street entrance to Gagarina Street entrance. The lights are on every day until 9 pm. Click here to read more in English about visiting Łazienki Garden and Museums.

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.

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 next to the Palace of Culture
Location: Świętokrzyska Street side (city center). Opening hours: 1 pm – 9 pm. Free entrance. 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 rinks at the National Stadium 
Location: PGE National Stadium, Al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1 Street (Praga). Opening hours: 1 pm – 11.30 pm. Info about tickets. Website in English. Click here to read our post about ice skating rinks in Warsaw.

The ice skating rink in Wilanów Sports Center
Location: Gubinowska 28/30 Street (Wilanów). Opening hours: 2 pm – 9 pm. Website, info about tickets, 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.

Skiing on Górka Szczęśliwicka (artificial slope in Ochota)
Location: Górka Szczęśliwicka, Drawska 22 Street (Ochota). Opening hours: 12 pm – 8 pm. Website in Polish and Facebook page in Polish.

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

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, 2018, free entrance.

Winter illuminations and decorations along Warsaw streets
The main attractions focus on the “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). New locations this year include Miodowa Street and Plac Krasińskich.


Events and things to do in Warsaw in January 2019

  • Until January 6, 2019

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 11 am – 9.30 pm. Souvenirs, gifts, local crafts and food like pierogi, hot chocolate. Facebook event in Polish.

  • Until January 28, 2019

Winter illuminations and shows – the Multimedia Fountain Park
Location: Skwer Dywizji Pancernej (the area between the Old Town and Vistula), free entrance. Starting from December 8, the holiday illuminations at the Fountain Park will be on every day from 3 pm. 15-minutes shows with music each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm. On January 6, 2019 – additional shows at 7 pm and 8 pm. More in English.

  • Until February 24, 2019

“The Royal Garden of Lights” – illuminations festival in the Wilanów Garden
Location: Wilanów Garden, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street. Opening hours: 4 pm – 9 pm. Monday – Thursday, regular tickets 10 PLN, reduced tickets 5 PLN. Friday – 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. Mappings (illumination, picture, and sound) on the Palace façade on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 5.30 pm, 6.30 pm, 7.30 pm. Click here to read Kids in the City tips in English on visiting the Wilanów Palace Museum and Park.

  • Until February 28, 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.

  • Until the end of winter season 2019

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. Click here to read our post about 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.

  • January 5

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 1 PLN. The guided tour in English includes the “Niepodległe: Women, Independence and National Discourse” exhibition. Facebook event in English. The Museum website in English.  

  • 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 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 11

Children’s movie in English, no Polish subtitles – ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’
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).

  • January 12

‘Grand Bazar Sale’ – Fashion Fair 
Location: ‘Elektrownia Powiśle’, Elektryczna 2 Street (Powiśle), free entrance, 11 am – 7 pm. 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 1 PLN. The guided tour in English includes the “Niepodległe: Women, Independence and National Discourse” exhibition. Facebook event in English. The Museum website in English 

  • January 12-13

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

  • January 13

Sunday trading ban – stores are closed
Stores are closed. In January 2019, there is only one shopping Sunday: January 27. Trade ban does NOT include cinemas, restaurants, cafés, small local stores where the owner can work, stores at gas stations, flower shops, pharmacies. Shopping malls can be open but most of the stores inside will be closed (only cinemas, restaurants, pharmacies in shopping malls can be open). You can always do basic shopping at the gas stations (24/7).Click here to read our post about Sunday trade ban in Poland and shopping Sundays in Poland in 2019.

Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, 27th Grand Finale (Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy)
The biggest charity event in Poland. 2019 winter fundraiser will be held in order to raise funds to support Polish children’s hospitals by the purchase of modern medical equipment. 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.

Free concert of Christmas carols and holiday songs by 3 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 or before the concert). Facebook event in Polish.

“Och! Bazar Sale” – Polish fashion fair
Location: “Babka do wynajęcia“, Młocińska 5/7 Street (close to Arkadia shopping mall), 11 am – 6 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish and English.

  • January 18-24

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

  • January 18

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.

  • January 19

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 1 PLN. The guided tour in English includes the “Niepodległe: Women, Independence and National Discourse” exhibition. Facebook event in English. The Museum website in English.  

  • January 19-20

International Cat Show
Location: Warszawianka Sports Center (fencing hall), Piaseczyńska 71 Street (Mokotów), 10 am – 5 pm, regular ticket 15 PLN, reduced ticket 10 PLN (cash only). Facebook event in Polish.

  • January 20

Sunday trading ban – stores are closed
Stores are closed. In January 2019, there is only one shopping Sunday: January 27. Trade ban does NOT include cinemas, restaurants, cafés, small local stores where the owner can work, stores at gas stations, flower shops, pharmacies. Shopping malls can be open but most of the stores inside will be closed (only cinemas, restaurants, pharmacies in shopping malls can be open). You can always do basic shopping at the gas stations (24/7). Click here to read our post about Sunday trade ban in Poland and shopping Sundays in Poland in 2019.

Open Day at Akademeia High School
Location: Akademeia High School, Ledóchowskiej 2 Street (Wilanów)2 pm – 4.30 pm. The Open Day at Akademeia High School (a private English-speaking high school in Warsaw) is an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with the philosophy of education of the school; get to know the curriculum for 2019/2020 school year with the opportunity to talk to the teachers and the admissions team, and explore the new building. Click here to learn more in English about the Open Day event. Facebook event in 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). Tickets: 10 PLN. In January: ‘A winter meeting with the animals – animal tracks and traces’. Click here to read more in English.

Aquarium and terrarium fair, an exhibition of exotic animals and plants
Location: Praga Południe Sports Center, Angorska 2 Street, 10 am – 4 pm, regular tickets 15 PLN, reduced tickets 10 PLN, children up to 6 free. Facebook event in Polish.

‘Wege Bazar – vegan Asia’ – fair of vegan products
Location: Klubokawiarnia Medyka, Oczki 1a Street (Ochota), 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.

  • January 26

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 1 PLN. The guided tour in English includes the “Niepodległe: Women, Independence and National Discourse” exhibition. Facebook event in English. The Museum website in English.  

Guided tour in English – the Wilanów Palace – the history and design of the Palace interiors
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. Facebook event in English.

  • January 27

Shopping Sunday
Stores are open;) In January 2019, there is one shopping Sunday – January 27. Click here to read our post about Sunday trade ban in Poland and shopping Sundays in Poland in 2019.

Guided tour in English – the Wilanów Palace – the history and design of the Palace interiors
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. Facebook event in English.

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.

  • January 28 – February 10

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 2019, in Warsaw and Mazowieckie Voivodship it’s January 28 – February 10, 2019.


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