Warsaw with kids: December 8-10

What to do with kids in Warsaw

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Friday, December 8

Live concert enhanced with visualizations on the planetarium dome – this Friday jazz concert
Location: Planetarium in Copernicus Science Center, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle). 7 pm (45 min), audience age 15+ (click here to read more in English).

Friday – Sunday, December 8-10

Christmas Market in the Old Town
Location: Warsaw Old Town, next to the Castle Square and Sigismund’s Column. Open every day (MondayThursday and Sunday  11 am – 8 pm, Friday – Saturday 11 am – 9.30 pm), free entrance. The Christmas Market runs until January 7, 2018. Facebook event in Polish and English.

“The Royal Garden of Lights”
Location: Wilanów Palace Garden, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street, 4 pm – 9 pmMonday – Friday, regular tickets 10 PLN, reduced tickets 5 PLN. SaturdaySunday, 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 with children. Mappings (illumination, picture, and sound) on the Palace facade on Saturdays and Sundays (15 minutes) at 5.30 pm, 6.30 pm, 7.30 pm, and 8.30 pm.

Saturday, December 9

St. Nicholas’ Day (Mikołajki) sports event – Football (soccer) Championship of the Cultural Institutions in Poland
Location: Wilanów Sports Center, Wiertnicza 26 A Street, free entrance, 9 am – 5 pm. Attractions for children include Junior Football Championship, contests, workshops, shows. Facebook event in Polish.

The Nutcracker – puppet and actor theater
Location: Wilanów Cultural Center branch in ALTO Wilanów shopping center, Al. Rzeczypospolitej 14, 3 pm, free entrance – tickets to pick up in advance at ALTO Wilanów Cultural Center. Facebook event in Polish.

Launch of Christmas Lights, Illuminations, and Decorations in Warsaw
At about 4 pm, “just after dark”. Location: 20 km of streets. Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy) – the highest Christmas tree in Poland (27 meters). “The Royal Route” – Castle Square, Krakowskie Przedmieście, Nowy Świat, Trzech Krzyży Square, Aleje Ujazdowskie to Belweder. The Old and New Town – Old Town Market Place, Świętojańska, Piwna, Zapiecek Streets, Nowomiejska Street, the Barbican, Podwale, Freta Street and Mariensztat. Lights on other streets in Warsaw: Mokotowska Street, Bankowy Square, Marszałkowska Street (from Królewska Street to Konstytucji Square), Grzybowski Square, Emilii Plater Street, Świętokrzyska Street (from ONZ Roundabout to Marszałkowska Street), Jerozolimskie Avenue (from Warszawa Centralna Station to Waszyngtona Roundabout and Poniatowskiego Bridge). Saska Kępa and Praga – Francuska, Targowa and Ząbkowska Street, Solidarności Avenue (from Bankowy Square to Wileński Square, including Śląsko-Dąbrowski Bridge). On December 9, there will be live music and many Santas and elves to meet. The lights will be on until February 2, 2018. Please note that it can get very crowded in the Old Town on Saturday.

Christmas Tree Lighting in Ochota
Location: Plac / Square Narutowicza. Free entrance, 5 pm. The event includes live music and outdoor Christmas market. Facebook event in Polish.

Free qigong class in the open air
Location: Łazienki Royal Garden (click here to see the exact location on a map), free entrance, 11.45 am – 1 pm. In a case of rain, the qigong class will take place in Podchorążówka Museum. Facebook event in Polish.

Christmas arts and crafts workshop for children
Location: viewing platform on the 30th floor of the Palace of Culture and Science, SO! Coffee Café. 11 am – 2 pm. Click here to learn our tips on visiting the platform (and buy tickets online to skip the line). Facebook event in Polish.

SaturdaySunday, December 9-10

“Warsaw, sweets, Christmas cards, and ginger treats” – outdoor event for children in the Old Town
Location: Krakowskie Przedmieście Street, next to Nicolaus Copernicus statue. Free entrance, 12 pm – 7 pm. Workshops – decorating Christmas gingerbread cookies. Sending Christmas cards presenting Warsaw in a Christmas image (cards and stamps will be available for free, there will be also available a special seal – your postcards can be sent right away) and creating your own postcards. Facebook event in Polish and English.

SLOW Weekend – Christmas Fair
Location: Mińska 65 Street (Praga). Free entrance, 11 am – 7 pm. 350 Polish brands, slow food court, kids zone. Facebook event in Polish.

Sunday, December 10

“Pig in a Wig in Space” – theater for children IN ENGLISH
Location: Mokotów Cultural Center (Dom Kultury Kadr), Rzymowskiego 32 Street. 3 performances: 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm. Online tickets (45 PLN). Facebook event in Polish. Trailer on YouTube in Polish and English.

St. Nicholas’ Day (Mikołajki) with LEGO
Location: Arena Ursynów, Pileckiego 122 Street. Free entrance, 11 am – 4 pm. Attractions for children include meeting with Santa, building Lego, Lego games, sports contests etc. More in Polish.

St. Nicholas’ Day (Mikołajki) at ice skating rink
Location: Inspektowa 1 Street (Mokotów). 3 pm, free entrance for kids up to 18. Skating show, concert, contests, fireworks. More in Polish.

Christmas philharmonic concert for kids 
Location: Wilanów Cultural Center, Kolegiacka 3 Street. 12.45 pm, tickets to buy at the venue (adults: 10 PLN, kids: 5 PLN). Facebook event in Polish.

St. Nicholas’ Day (Mikołajki) event – workshops and contests for children
Location: Royal Wilanów Shopping Center, Klimczaka 1 Street, free entrance, 2 pm – 6 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Art Fair (Targowisko Sztuki)
Location: Arkady Kubickiego (Kubicki Arcades) at the Warsaw Royal Castle. 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.

Winter family expedition – bird watching
Location: Wilanów Palace Garden, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street, 1 pm – 2.30 pm, meeting point at the ticket office (small yellow building). You will need to buy entrance tickets to the Garden (children up to 7 free). Walk in the garden dedicated to families with children 5-12 (the person conducting the workshop speaks English so there will be a possibility to ask questions in English). Facebook event in Polish.

Classical music concerts for children
Location: Warsaw Philharmonic, The Chamber Music Hall, entrance from Moniuszki Street (city center). Morning concert for kids 3-6, 11 am, details in English. Afternoon concert for kids 7-12, 2 pm, details in English. Click here to learn our tips on Warsaw Philharmonic concerts for children.

Railway Modeling Event
Location: Warsaw Railway Museum (Stacja Muzeum), Towarowa 3 Street (Wola), 10 am – 2 pm (the Museum is open on Sundays 9 am – 5 pm). A chance to buy model railways and trains and meet railway modeling enthusiasts. During the event reduced tickets for everyone (6 PLN, children up to 7 free entrance). The Museum website in English. Facebook event in Polish.

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