Light displays in Warsaw: festive illuminations, lights festivals, decorations in Warsaw during the 2021/2022 season

“The Royal Garden of Light” – illuminations festival in Wilanów Palace Garden

October 9, 2021 – February 27, 2022

“The Royal Garden of Light” (Królewski Ogród Światła) is Warsaw’s must-see sight in autumn and winter evenings 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).

A new light display for the first time in Warsaw in the 2021/2022 season: “Garden of Lights – Peter Pan”

November 5, 2021 – February 27, 2022

In the 2021/2022 season, a new outdoor exhibition of illumination will be opened for the first time in the Botanical Garden in Powsin, a few kilometers south of Warsaw. The main theme of the fairy-tale light display will be “Peter Pan”.

  • Location: Botanical Garden in Powsin, Prawdziwka 2 Street, 02-973 Powsin. The Forest Gate will be closed, the only entrance to the Garden and the light display is from Prawdziwka 2 Street. 700 paid parking spaces are available at a cost of 10 PLN (regardless of the length of your visit in the Garden of Lights). Location on Google map.
  • Opening hours: November 5 – January 31: 4 pm – 9 pm; February 1 – 27: 5 pm – 9 pm. Last entry: 8.30 pm.
  • Tickets are available online or at the ticket office (you can pay with a card).
  • Tickets Monday-Thursday: regular ticket 28 PLN, reduced ticket 23 PLN, family ticket 23 PLN per person, children up to 3 years old 1 PLN.
  • Tickets Friday, Saturday, Sunday, holidays: regular ticket 33 PLN, reduced ticket 28 PLN, family ticket 27 PLN per person, children up to 3 years old 1 PLN.
  • There are two eateries in the exhibition area, where you can buy, for example, fries, hot dogs, gingerbreads, hot chocolate, tea, coffee.
  • Attractions include trees decorated with half a million colored LED lights, 30 light installations, multimedia attractions (e.g. a Christmas tree), laser shows with sound, video-mappings, photo-points.
  • A map of attractions.
  • Click here to read our tips in English on visiting the Powsin Garden.
  • Facebook page. Website in Polish.

Photo source: Ogród Świateł – Piotruś Pan

A new light display for the first time in Warsaw in the 2021/2022 season: illuminated winter garden “Magiczny Botaniczny”

November 27, 2021 – February 27, 2022

  • Location: Botanical Garden of the Warsaw University (Ogród Botaniczny Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego), Aleje Ujazdowskie 4 Street (city center), the garden on Google mapThe Garden is located next to the Łazienki Royal Park (in 1818, the Botanical Garden was separated from the Łazienki).
  • How to get there? By bus:  138, 143, 151, 182, 187, 188, 411, 502, 514, 520, 523, 525 (“pl. Na Rozdrożu” bus stop). By metro: “Politechnika” metro stop. By car: nearest parking spaces at Bagatela Street.
  • Open every day, 5 pm – 9 pm.
  • The visitors can enjoy light structures prepared especially for the Garden (incl. light sculptures of flowers, shrubs, birds, forest animals), referring to the most interesting plants in the Garden’s collection, the relationship between nature and man, but also fairy tales and legends related to nature.
  • There is a play area for children in the garden. The paths are accessible by prams.
  • Garden paths are accessible for people with reduced mobility or in wheelchairs.
  • Online tickets. Regular ticket: 37 PLN, reduced ticket for children up to 16: 27 PLN, family ticket 2+1: 90 PLM, family ticket 2+2, up to 6 visitors: 110 PLN. Children up to 5 free entrance.
  • Website in Polish. Facebook page in Polish.
  • Our tips in English on visiting the Garden.
  • In case of a bad weather forecast, e.g. very strong wind, the garden is closed. The information will be published on the Garden’s Facebook

Photo source: Lumagica Warszawa

Holiday illuminations, a Christmas tree, and lights on Warsaw’s streets

From December 4, 2021 until February 15, 2022

The largest Christmas tree in Warsaw is lit on Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy) in Warsaw’s Old Town. In 2021, the lights on Warsaw’s Christmas tree are on from December 1.

Every year the main attractions on Warsaw streets are focused on “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).

It is worth visiting the Old Town Square where you can take a photo with the illuminated monument to the Warsaw Mermaid and buy a small takeaway snack (several restaurants sell take-out food out of the counters/windows). You can buy, among others hot chocolate, red borscht, grilled oscypek cheese, bigos (cabbage stew), dumplings.

The illuminations in the 2021/2022 season (the same as last season) reflect the spirit of pre-war Warsaw. Key attractions:

  • The 27-meter-high Christmas tree on Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy), decorated with classic baubles in gold, silver, and red colors.
  • The “balloon seller” and the “Warsaw barrel organ” on Castle Square.
  • 54 m long “light tunnel”, “chess pieces”, and “chessboard” in the square of ks. Jan Twardowski (Skwer ks. Jana Twardowskiego).
  • “Horse tram” at the monument of Nicolaus Copernicus, Krakowskie Przedmieście/Nowy Świat Street.
  • “Carousel”, “gazebo for lovers”, and a “greeting card” in Hoover Square (Skwer Hoovera).

The photos below show current Christmas illuminations in Warsaw:

The photos below show Christmas illuminations in Warsaw in previous years:

Winter illuminations in Łazienki Royal Garden

From December 4, 2021 until February 28, 2022 

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).

Location: Łazienki Królewskie, Agrykola 1 Street (city center). The park is open every day: 6 am – 8 pm, free entrance.

Our tips:

  • In the center of Łazienki Park (next to the main building ‘Palace on the Isle’), there is a small café offering take-out coffee and different kinds of gofry/waffles (location on Google map).
  • Łazienki Park is poorly lit after dark, so it is worth helping yourself with a phone or other flashlight.
  • When you are in Łazienki Park after dark, take a close look at the trees around the pond – you will notice black silhouettes of peacocks sitting on the trees!

Click here to read more about visiting the Łazienki Park in our post.

Winter illuminations in Warsaw Lazienki Garden

Photo source: Łazienki Królewskie

Winter illuminations at Warsaw Multimedia Fountain Park

From December 4, 2021 to mid-February 2022

Multimedia Fountain Park is a free fountain complex located between the Old Town/New Town area and the Vistula river. In the 2021/2022 season, the multimedia shows with music and lights are back. The illuminations in the Fountain Park are turned on every day after dark, and the multimedia shows are held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm.

Thousands of fabulously colored LED lights create a unique, magical atmosphere. In the 2021/2022 season, there are new elements of the festive display, including light labyrinth. It is the perfect place to take Instagram photos in a beautiful, Christmas scenery.

More in English about the fountain park.

Photo source: www.park-fontann.pl  

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