January 2022 in Warsaw: ideas and tips for making the most of your winter in Warsaw

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Ice skating rinks in Warsaw

When the temperature drops in Poland, that means it’s time to go ice-skating. If you’re itching to strap on the blades or learn skating, Warsaw has many rinks to explore. And it’s not just during Christmas that you can get your skates on, as there are plenty of rink options starting from November until March.

The first ice rink in Warsaw (Torwar in the city center) opened for this season already in September! The ice rinks in Warsaw are usually open until March, weather permitting. This season – after a one-year break – the free ice rink in Warsaw’s Old Town is open from December. Did you know that in Ursynów there is an indoor ice rink (Figlowisko) open 24/7?

Skate rentals operate at most ice rinks in Warsaw, so you don’t need your own equipment (there are also usually available skate supports for skaters needing extra help).

You can read more about indoor and outdoor ice rinks in Warsaw (locations, opening hours, photos) in our post: Ice skating rinks in Warsaw.

Where to go sledging in Warsaw

When it starts to snow we often are asked where is a good place to go sledging and build a snowman in Warsaw. Each district in Warsaw has several smaller and larger hills where you can go sledding. 

Most of such spots are in Warsaw parks (eg. Park Górczewska in Bemowo, Las Bielański Park/forest in Bielany, Park Morskie Oko in Mokotów, Park Szczęśliwicki in Ochota, Park Skaryszewski in Praga Południe, Park Praski in Praga Północ, Las Bródnowski in Targówek, Park Sowińskiego in Wola).

Other hills, which are used for sledding in winter, were created after the completion of street construction and renovation or remained after the construction of the metro in Warsaw (eg. Kopa Cwila and Górka Kazurka in Ursynów).

Click here to read our post with a rundown of some popular places to go sledging in Warsaw by the district.

What to do with a Christmas tree in Warsaw – replanting & recycling

Where to return Christmas trees IN POTS for replanting:

  • Saturday, January 8, 9 am – 3 pm: Lasy Miejskie – Warszawa (forest management office for the Warsaw area), Korkowa 170 Street (Wawer).
  • Saturday, January 15, 9 am – 3 pm: Forest and Nature Education Center (Centrum Edukacji Przyrodniczo-Leśnej), Rydzowa 1 Street, Las Kabacki (Kabaty Forest).
  • The collected trees will be planted in Warsaw’s forests.
  • The chances of planted trees surviving depend on their condition, the condition of the roots and how long the trees have been in a warm room. Christmas trees grown directly in pots have a good chance of adapting to forest conditions.

Recyclable Christmas trees, two options to choose from:

  • You can leave the Christmas tree in a bulky waste collection site designated by the property administrator.
  • You can take the Christmas tree to the Municipal Waste Selective Collection Point (Punkt Selektywnej Zbiórki Odpadów Komunalnych), Płytowa 1 Street (Białołęka). Opening hours: Monday – Friday 2 pm – 8 pm; Saturday 9 am – 8 pm.

Winter illuminations & light displays in Warsaw in January 2022

This winter, two new light exhibitions were created in Warsaw, so there are plenty of options for a winter walk among the magic lights. The illuminated streets and parks look fabulous regardless of the weather!

Illumination and light displays available in Warsaw in January 2022:

  • “The Royal Garden of Light” – illuminations festival in Wilanów Palace Garden.
  • A new light display for the first time in Warsaw in the 2021/2022 season: “Garden of Lights – Peter Pan”, in the Botanical Garden in Powsin, a few kilometers south of Warsaw.
  • A new light display for the first time in Warsaw in the 2021/2022 season: illuminated winter garden “Magiczny Botaniczny”, in the Botanical Garden of the Warsaw University located next to the Łazienki Royal Park (in 1818, the Botanical Garden was separated from the Łazienki).
  • Holiday illuminations, a Christmas tree on Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy), lights on Warsaw’s streets in the city center.
  • Winter illuminations in Łazienki Royal Garden.
  • Winter illuminations and multimedia shows with music and lights at Warsaw Multimedia Fountain Park.

You will find detailed information (opening hours, tickets, locations) about Warsaw illuminations and light displays in 2022 in our post: Light displays in Warsaw: festive illuminations, lights festivals, and decorations in Warsaw during the 2021/2022 season.

Ideas for things to do in Warsaw in January

For things to do INDOOR in Warsaw, please read our post that includes the list of ideas for fun (indoor!) activities for a bad weather day in Warsaw: Indoor things to do in Warsaw.

“Caravaggio and Other Masters” – a temporary exhibition at the Royal Castle
Until February 13. Location: the Royal Castel, 2nd floor, Plac Zamkowy / Royal Square, online tickets. The exhibition includes Boy Bitten by a Lizard painting by Caravaggio and over forty paintings by artists from Italy and Northern Europe (16th and 17th century). Facebook event in Polish. More about the exhibition in English.

A winter walk in the center of Warsaw: Krakowskie Przedmieście and Nowy Świat Streets a car-free zone 
Until January 9. Nowy Świat and Krakowskie Przedmieście streets (from rondo gen. Ch. de Gaulle’a traffic circle to Miodowa Street) change into a car-free zone, accessible only to pedestrians and cyclists. It is part of the so-called Royal Route, a historic part of Warsaw, leading from Rondo de Gaulle’a (the famous traffic circle with a palm tree) to the Castle Square with the Sigismund’s Column and the Royal Castle. It is worth going for a walk there, especially after dark, when the Christmas illuminations are already on!

A new exhibition of buildings made of LEGO bricks
Until June 26. Location: Galeria Mokotów shopping mall, Wołoska 12 Street (Mokotów). Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10 am – 10 pm, Sunday 10 am – 8 pm (including trade ban Sundays). Online tickets. More in Polish about the Exhibition. Facebook page in Polish.

A new temporary exhibition of Christmas nativity scenes (Szopki Krakowskie)
Until February 6. Location: part of the Royal Castel complex of buildings: Copper-Roof Palace (Pałac pod Blachą), Royal Square, online tickets (regular ticket 20 PLN, reduced ticket 10 PLN). The Exhibition features 50 Christmas nativity scenes of the city of Kraków (Szopki Krakowskie). They are nothing like the nativity scenes we know. They are modeled on Kraków’s architecture, having unique constructions resembling colorful castles. The Nativity Scene (szopka krakowska) tradition is included in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Facebook event in Polish. More in Polish about the Exhibition.

Van Gogh Multi-Sensory Exhibition
Until January 14. Location: EXPO XXI, Prądzyńskiego 12/14 Street (Wola), open every day: 10 am – 8 pm, online tickets. Monday-Friday: regular ticket 55 PLN, reduced for students 45 PLN, children 6-19 35 PLN, family ticket 2 adults + 2 children 135 PLN, children up to 6 free entrance. Weekends & holidays: regular ticket 65 PLN, reduced for students 55 PLN, children 6-19 45 PLN, family ticket 2 adults + 2 children 165 PLN, children up to 6 free entrance. The visual spectacle – digital projection presenting Van Gogh’s images at a big scale, filling screens, walls, columns, ceilings. The visual part of the exhibition is enriched with music. Facebook page in Polish. Website in Polish.

Outdoor Christmas Market in the Old Town
Until January 6. Location: Warsaw Old Town, the Warsaw Barbican area, opposite the Royal Castle. Open every day, Sunday-Thursday: 11 am – 8 pm, Friday-Saturday: 11 am – 9.30, December 25, 26, 31: 11 am – 9.30 pm, January 1: 11 am – 9.30 pm, free entrance. Souvenirs, gifts, local crafts and food like pierogi, hot chocolate or… ice-cream. Facebook page in Polish.

Swimming in “Wodny Park Warszawianka” – indoor water park in Mokotów
Location: Wodny Park Warszawianka, Dominika Merliniego 4 Street, 02-511 Warszawa (location on Google map). 4 km from the city center (in the Mokotów district). The recreational part of the Water Park includes a recreational and swimming pool with a maximum depth of 1.40 m, a paddling pool for children with an elephant-shaped slide, an artificial river, pipe-shaped slides (45 and 72 meters long) with separate landing pads, an open slide inside the swimming pool hall (15 meters long), outdoor year-round heated pool, connected to the main pool hall. The sports part of the Water Park includes 50-meter “Olympic” swimming pool with 10 lanes. Website in EnglishFacebook page.

Christmas folk concert and dance show by Mazowsze – the oldest and biggest Polish folk dancing and singing group
Location: Matecznik “Mazowsze, Świerkowa 2 Street, 05-805 Otrębusy (a village about 25 km from the center of Warsaw), online ticketsFacebook page in PolishMore in English about the Mazowsze group.

Chopin music piano recitals
Every day at 7 pm. Location: Fryderyk Concert Hall, Podwale 15 Street (the old town), 7 pm, online tickets. The recitals feature Fryderyk Chopin’s most famous compositions. Facebook page in English and Polish. Website in English.

Cosmos Discovery – Space Exhibition 
Until February 27. Location: Muzeum Nowa Praga, Jagiellońska 82A Street (Praga), Location on Google map. Open every day 9 am – 8 pm. Tickets to be purchased onsite or online. Children up to 6 free entrance. The exhibition shows the development of space flights from the first historical attempts up to today’s missions. It features 200+ original objects from the United States, Russia, and Poland. The Exhibition’s Museum website in PolishFacebook event in Polish. The Exhibition runs from September 15 until October 31, 2021. There are 2 versions of the audio guide: one intended mainly for adult visitors and high school students. The second version is simplified and fun in the form of a boy-astronaut conversation, this version is suitable for children under the age of 14. Both versions of the audio guide are also available in English.

The NBA Exhibition – an interactive exhibition presenting the culture, history and lifestyle associated with the NBA
Until February 27. Location: Centrum Praskie Koneser, Plac Konesera (Praga). Online tickets. The bespoke touring exhibition will provide fans of all ages with multiple touch points to interact with the NBA. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in customized activations including VR experiences, an opportunity to have a photo taken with the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, play the latest NBA2K22 game and much more. The exhibition also includes a 50+ pieces display of rare and autographed items of NBA merchandise from players past and present. More in English. Facebook page in English.

Planetarium in the Copernicus Science Center
Location: the Planetarium building next to Copernicus Science Center, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle), online tickets. The Planetarium screens films for adults and kids at a different age – some for 3+ audiences, and some shows for teenagers (2D and 3D screenings). Most of the screenings can also be viewed in the English audio version with headphones (and some in Russian). Admission to the Planetarium only for children over 3 years old. Click here to read our tips on visiting the Planetarium.

A visit to the museum – a good idea to escape the rain and cold
Too cold to stay outside? Another rainy day? It’s time to visit the museum! Explore the city with our list of museums and galleries in Warsaw. Click here to read our post about museums and galleries in Warsaw – there’s one to suit every interest and many of them are free to visit. The list includes for example – The Museum for Children, Warsaw Railway Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Warsaw, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Chopin Museum in Warsaw, Museum of Life under Communism.

Eating out in one of Warsaw indoor food halls
Are you going out for lunch with a group of friends or family, but everyone wants something different? Sounds familiar? Food halls will settle restaurant selection fights. They offer a wide variety of ethnic cuisines and local restaurant concepts. A great solution for breakfast, lunch or dinner in a group – everyone orders from a different restaurant and eats at a common table. Click here to read our post featuring food halls in Warsaw (Elektrownia Powiśle, Hala Gwardii, Hala Koszyki, Browary Warszawskie – Warsaw Breweries, Fabryka Norblina).

Ice skating 
The first ice rink in Warsaw (Torwar in the city center) opened for the new season in September! The ice rinks in Warsaw are usually open until March, weather permitting. This season – after a one-year break – the free ice rink in Warsaw’s Old Town returns in December. Did you know that in Ursynów there is an indoor ice rink (Figlowisko)  open 24/7? You can read more about indoor and outdoor ice rinks in Warsaw (location, opening hours) in our post: Ice skating rinks in Warsaw.

The exhibition of live spiders and scorpions
Location: the Palace of Culture and Science, pl. Defilad 1, entrance from Marszałkowska Street, open every day, 10 am – 7 pm, online tickets: regular 22 PLN, reduced 18 PLN, family 2+2 60 PLN, children up to 4 free entrance. Each weekend (every hour on the hour), the visitors can hold a spider (the most gentle tarantula) in their hand and take close photographs with the assist of an exhibition employee. More in Polish about the Exhibition.

A winter walk among the magic lights 
During the winter season, many parks in Warsaw transform after dark into a magical world of lights, giving you the opportunity to spend time outdoors, walking in winter festive scenery. Add to that a Christmas tree on Plac Zamkowy and illuminated streets in the center of Warsaw! You will find detailed information about Warsaw illuminations festivals and lights displays in the 2021/2022 season in our post: Light displays in Warsaw: festive illuminations, lights festivals, and decorations in Warsaw during the 2021/2022 season.

And if it snows – it’s time for a sledge!
When it starts to snow in Warsaw we often are asked where is a good place to go sledging and build a snowman in Warsaw. Here is a rundown of some popular places in Warsaw by district: Sledging in Warsaw: best spots for sledding in Warsaw.

The Viewing Platform of the Palace of Culture and Science
Location: Plac Defilad 1 (city center). The platform is located on the 30th floor (114 m high) of the Palace of Culture and Science. Opening hours in December: 10 am – 8 pm. Online ticketsOur tips about visiting the platform. Opening hours on January 1, 2022: 12 pm – 8 pm.

Warsaw Zoo
Location: Ratuszowa 1/3 Street (Praga), opening hours in December: 9 am – 4 pm (weekends and holidays), 9 am – 3.30 pm (Monday-Friday). Last admission one hour before the Zoo closes. Online ticketsThe Zoo is open every day, including all public holidays! Website in English.

Mini zoo/petting zoo  
Location: Mini Zoo, Kolorowa 19 lok. 156 Street, poziom/level -1 (Ursus), Monday – Friday 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm. At the Mini Zoo, you can feed and stroke the animals. The visits take place in the company of a Mini ZOO employee who will show and teach how to deal with animals. The Mini Zoo is located in the indoor heated room; tickets available for purchase on-site, no reservation required. Facebook page. Website in Polish.

Skiing slope in Ochota – Górka Szczęśliwicka
Location: Górka Szczęśliwicka, Park Szczęśliwicki, Drawska 22 Street (Ochota). The Górka Szczęśliwicka ski slope is located the center of the Park Szczęśliwicki – the biggest (30 ha) park in the Ochota district of Warsaw. Location on Google map. It’s the highest hill in Warsaw, a 152 m slope called in Polish Górka Szczęśliwicka. The biggest attraction of Górka Szczęśliwicka is the ski slope. It’s a year-round artificial ski slope (the only year-round ski slope in Warsaw and the Mazowieckie Voivodeship). The height of the ski slope is 74.9 m, the length of the run is 227 m, a plate lift and a chairlift are available. Website and Facebook page in Polish.

Railway Modeling Fair (Giełda Modeli Kolejowych)
January 16. Location: Warsaw Railway Museum(Stacja Muzeum), Towarowa 3 Street (Wola), 10 am – 2 pm (the Museum is open 10 am – 6 pm). A chance to buy model railways and trains and meet railway modeling enthusiasts. During the event reduced tickets for everyone (7 PLN, children up to 7 free entrance). The Museum website in EnglishFacebook event in Polish.

Runmageddon – mud run & obstacle course race 
January 22-23. Location: Twierdza Modlin, Józefa Bema 200C, Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki. The winter edition of the event includes intro, recruit, and hardcore runs (children and a family run will be held during the spring edition of the event, in May). More in Polish. Facebook event in Polish.

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. 

The day keeps getting longer – 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 2022

In January 2022, there is one shopping Sunday in Poland: January 30. January 2, 9, 16, and 23 are trade ban Sundays in Poland. Click here to read our post about shopping Sundays in Poland in 2022.

Public holidays and dates to remember in Poland in January 2022

  • January 1

New Year’s Day (Nowy Rok)
A public 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 public 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 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.

  • January 30

Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, 30th Grand Finale (Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy)
The biggest charity event in Poland. 2022 winter fundraiser will be held to raise funds to aid children’s eye diseases and disorders. 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. The Foundation’s website in English.

Read more about public holidays and dates to remember in Poland in winter.

Things to do in Warsaw on 2 public holidays: January 1 and January 6 (what’s open)

  • January 6

Epiphany / The Three Wise Kings (Trzech Króli)
A public 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.

The Three Kings Parade 
Location: the parade starts at the Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy), continues down Krakowskie Przedmieście Street, Królewska Street and goes to the Piłsudski Square (Plac Piłsudskiego), 12 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 English.

Cosmos Discovery – Space Exhibition 
Location: Muzeum Nowa Praga, Jagiellońska 82A Street (Praga), Location on Google map. 9 am – 8 pm. Tickets to be purchased onsite or online. Children up to 6 free entrance. The exhibition shows the development of space flights from the first historical attempts up to today’s missions. It features 200+ original objects from the United States, Russia, and Poland. The Exhibition’s Museum website in PolishFacebook event in Polish. There are 2 versions of the audio guide: one intended mainly for adult visitors and high school students. The second version is simplified and fun in the form of a boy-astronaut conversation, this version is suitable for children under the age of 14. Both versions of the audio guide are also available in English.

Bushcraft Forest School IN ENGLISH dedicated to children
Location: Powsin Forest / Powsin Park (Kabaty area), meeting point on a map (a car park next to Park Kultury in Powsin), 10 am – 2 pm. Ages: children aged 3-15. Activities include preparing a ‘leave no trace’ site, hanging hammocks and tarps, basic survival and bushcraft skills, flora and fauna identification, how to start and maintain a fire safely, forest craft, animal tracking, tool usage. More information: info@pinesforestschool.plMore in English about the Pines Forest School.

A new exhibition of buildings made of LEGO bricks
Location: Galeria Mokotów shopping mall, Wołoska 12 Street (Mokotów). January 6: 10 am – 8 pm. Online tickets. More in Polish about the Exhibition. Facebook page in Polish.

Swimming in “Wodny Park Warszawianka” – indoor water park in Mokotów
Location: Wodny Park Warszawianka, Dominika Merliniego 4 Street, 02-511 Warszawa (location on Google map). 4 km from the city center (in the Mokotów district). January 6: 6.30 am – 10 pm. The recreational part of the Water Park includes a recreational and swimming pool with a maximum depth of 1.40 m, a paddling pool for children with an elephant-shaped slide, an artificial river, pipe-shaped slides (45 and 72 meters long) with separate landing pads, an open slide inside the swimming pool hall (15 meters long), outdoor year-round heated pool, connected to the main pool hall. The sports part of the Water Park includes 50-meter “Olympic” swimming pool with 10 lanes. Website in EnglishFacebook page.

An outdoor free ice skating rink in the Old Town
Location: Old Town Square, Rynek Starego Miasta (city center). Free entrance. Opening hours January 6: 10 am – 9 pm. Website and Facebook page.

Outdoor Christmas Market in the Old Town
Location: Warsaw Old Town, the Warsaw Barbican area, opposite the Royal Castle. January 6: 11 am – 8 pm, free entrance. Souvenirs, gifts, local crafts and food like pierogi, hot chocolate or… ice-cream. Facebook page in Polish.

“The Royal Garden of Light” – the illuminations festival in the Wilanów Palace Garden
Location: Wilanów Garden, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street, 4 pm – 9 pm. Click here to read Kids in the City tips in English about the illuminations festival (opening hours, tickets, parking lots etc.). The outdoor Exhibition runs until February 27, 2022.

Van Gogh Multi-Sensory Exhibition
Location: EXPO XXI, Prądzyńskiego 12/14 Street (Wola), 10 am – 8 pm, online tickets. Monday-Friday: regular ticket 55 PLN, reduced for students 45 PLN, children 6-19 35 PLN, family ticket 2 adults + 2 children 135 PLN, children up to 6 free entrance. Weekends & holidays: regular ticket 65 PLN, reduced for students 55 PLN, children 6-19 45 PLN, family ticket 2 adults + 2 children 165 PLN, children up to 6 free entrance. The visual spectacle – digital projection presenting Van Gogh’s images at a big scale, filling screens, walls, columns, ceilings. The visual part of the exhibition is enriched with music. Facebook page in Polish. Website in Polish.

An outdoor ice skating rink in Wilanów
Location: Royal Wilanów, Klimczaka 1 Street. Opening hours: 1 pm – 9 pm (sessions start on the hour and the hour: 1 pm, 2 pm, etc). Facebook in Polish.

Stegny outdoor ice rink
Location: Inspektowa 1 Street (Mokotów). January 6: 12 pm – 2 pm, 3 pm – 5 pm, 6 pm – 8 pm. Website, info about tickets (to be purchased on the spot, at the ice rink ticket offices), and Facebook page.

The outdoor light display “Garden of Lights – Peter Pan” 
Location: Botanical Garden in Powsin, Prawdziwka 2 Street, 02-973 Powsin, 4 pm – 9 pm. Attractions include trees decorated with half a million colored LED lights, 30 light installations, multimedia attractions (e.g. a Christmas tree made of 30,000 LED lights), laser shows with sound, video-mappings, photo-points. Click here to read our tips in English on visiting the Powsin Garden. Facebook page. Website in Polish.  Find out more in our post on Warsaw’s illuminations in the 2021/2022 season.

The National Museum 
Location: The National Museum in Warsaw (Muzeum Narodowe), Aleje Jerozolimskie 3 Street (city center), January 6: 11 am – 6 pm. Our tips in English about visiting the National Museum.

The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews 
Location: Anielewicza 6 Street (Muranów), 10 am – 6 pm, free entrance on Thursdays. Our tips in English on visiting the Museum. Our featured story on visiting the Museum with children.

An outdoor ice skating rink in Praga
Location: Plac Konesera, Centrum Praskie Koneser (Praga).  December 24: January 6:  10 am – 10 pm. If you show a receipt for a minimum amount of PLN 20 (for shopping and restaurants at the Koneser Center on that day), entry to the ice rink and rental are free. You can only buy a ticket for the nearest slot. It is not possible to purchase a ticket earlier and use it at another time. Free entry for children up to 14 years of age accompanied by an adult, from 10 am to 2 pm. More in Polish and Koneser’s Facebook page.

The Frederic Chopin Museum in Warsaw 
Location: Okólnik 1 Street (Powiśle), 11 am – 7 pm. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Chopin Museum.

Indoor “flying” – freefall simulators/tunnel flight and Boeing 737 simulator
Location: Flyspot, Wspólna Droga 1 Street, 05-850 Mory near Warsaw. Flyspot offers freefall simulators – vertical tunnels with a closed air circuit where high power fans  produce air flow at speed up to 310 km/h (which enables floating freely in the air). You can board the replica of the Boeing 737-800 passenger cockpit. With the help of instructors, you will see what the pilots of passenger planes face during the key stages of their flight. You can choose from 2,400 available airports and many flight scenarios. Facebook pageWebsite in English.

Museum of Life under Communism 
Location: Muzeum życia w PRL, Piękna 28/34 Street, next to Plac (Square) Konstytucji (city center). January 6: 10 am – 6 pm. The Museum presents how people used to live during communist times in Poland. There are few different sections where you can experience propaganda, lifestyle, politics or ordinary day from the times. The exhibition has descriptions in Polish and English. There is also an audio guide available in English (to be downloaded on the phone). More in English about the Museum.

The outdoor light display at the Botanical Garden of the Warsaw University
Location: Ogród Botaniczny Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego), Aleje Ujazdowskie 4 Street (city center), the garden on Google map. The Garden is located next to the Łazienki Royal Park (in 1818, the Botanical Garden was separated from the Łazienki). Opening hours: 4 pm – 9 pm. 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. Our tips in English on visiting the Garden.  Find out more in our post on Warsaw’s illuminations in the 2021/2022 season.

The exhibition of live spiders and scorpions
Location: the Palace of Culture and Science, pl. Defilad 1, entrance from Marszałkowska Street, 10 am – 7 pm, online tickets: regular 22 PLN, reduced 18 PLN, family 2+2 60 PLN, children up to 4 free entrance. Each weekend (every hour on the hour), the visitors can hold a spider (the most gentle tarantula) in their hand and take close photographs with the assist of an exhibition employee. More in Polish about the Exhibition.

Museum and park at the birthplace of Frederic Chopin in Żelazowa Wola 
Location: Chopin Museum and Park, 96-503 Sochaczew, Żelazowa Wola 15 (60 km from Warsaw). Opening hours: 9 am – 5 pm, online ticketsClick here to read our tips in English about visiting the Park.

Mini zoo/petting zoo  
Location: Mini Zoo, Kolorowa 19 lok. 156 Street, poziom/level -1 (Ursus). January 6: 10 am – 6 pm. At the Mini Zoo, you can feed and stroke the animals. The visits take place in the company of a Mini ZOO employee who will show and teach how to deal with animals. The Mini Zoo is located in the indoor heated room; tickets available for purchase on-site, no reservation required. Facebook pageWebsite in Polish.

The Viewing Platform of the Palace of Culture and Science
Location: Plac Defilad 1 (city center). The platform is located on the 30th floor (114 m high) of the Palace of Culture and Science. Online ticketsOur tips about visiting the platform.  January 6, 2022: 10 am – 8 pm.

Be Happy Museum – Selfie Point 
Location: Atrium Reduta shopping center, al. Jerozolimskie 148 Street (Ochota), 10 am – 9 pm, online tickets. Dozens of scenes to take photos and rooms with the illusion (e.g. a pool with Marshmallow foams, a banana swing, magical unicorns). More in English about the Museum.

Warsaw Zoo
Location: Ratuszowa 1/3 Street (Praga), opening hours: 9 am – 4 pm (weekends and holidays), 9 am – 3.30 pm (Monday-Friday). Last admission one hour before the Zoo closes. Online tickets. Website in English.

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.

Winter illuminations in the Łazienki Royal Garden
Location: Agrykola 1 Street (city center). The museums are closed, the park is open every day: 6 am – 8 pm, free entrance. 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). 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. More about the Łazienki Park in our post.

A Christmas tree, festive illuminations, and decorations along Warsaw’s streets; Krakowskie Przedmieście and Nowy Świat Streets a car-free zone until January 9  
The lights are switched starting from dusk. The main attractions focus on the “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). Find out more in our post on Warsaw’s illuminations in the 2021/2022 season.

Multimedia Fountain Park – illuminations and shows with music & lights
Location: Multimedia Fountain Park (Multimedialny Park Fontann), a fountain complex located in between the Old Town/New Town area and the Vistula river, location on Google map, free entrance. The illuminations in Fountain Park are turned on every day after dark. The multimedia shows are held on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm. More in English about the fountain parkOur post on Warsaw’s illuminations in 2021/2022.

  • January 1

New Year’s Day (Nowy Rok)
A public 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.

“The Royal Garden of Light” – the illuminations festival in the Wilanów Palace Garden
Location: Wilanów Garden, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street, 4 pm – 9 pm. Click here to read Kids in the City tips in English about the illuminations festival (opening hours, tickets, parking lots etc.). The outdoor Exhibition runs until February 27, 2022.

An outdoor free ice skating rink in the Old Town
Location: Old Town Square, Rynek Starego Miasta (city center). Free entrance. Opening hours January 1: 4 pm – 9 pm. Website and Facebook page.

Museum of Life under Communism 
Location: Muzeum życia w PRL, Piękna 28/34 Street, next to Plac (Square) Konstytucji (city center). January 1: 10 am – 6 pm. The Museum presents how people used to live during communist times in Poland. There are few different sections where you can experience propaganda, lifestyle, politics or ordinary day from the times. The exhibition has descriptions in Polish and English. There is also an audio guide available in English (to be downloaded on the phone). More in English about the Museum.

Van Gogh Multi-Sensory Exhibition
Location: EXPO XXI, Prądzyńskiego 12/14 Street (Wola), January 1: 12 pm – 8 pm, online tickets. Monday-Friday: regular ticket 55 PLN, reduced for students 45 PLN, children 6-19 35 PLN, family ticket 2 adults + 2 children 135 PLN, children up to 6 free entrance. Weekends & holidays: regular ticket 65 PLN, reduced for students 55 PLN, children 6-19 45 PLN, family ticket 2 adults + 2 children 165 PLN, children up to 6 free entrance. The visual spectacle – digital projection presenting Van Gogh’s images at a big scale, filling screens, walls, columns, ceilings. The visual part of the exhibition is enriched with music. Facebook page in Polish. Website in Polish.

The outdoor light display “Garden of Lights – Peter Pan” 
Location: Botanical Garden in Powsin, Prawdziwka 2 Street, 02-973 Powsin, 4 pm – 9 pm. Attractions include trees decorated with half a million colored LED lights, 30 light installations, multimedia attractions (e.g. a Christmas tree made of 30,000 LED lights), laser shows with sound, video-mappings, photo-points. Click here to read our tips in English on visiting the Powsin Garden. Facebook page. Website in Polish.  Find out more in our post on Warsaw’s illuminations in the 2021/2022 season.

Stegny outdoor ice rink
Location: Inspektowa 1 Street (Mokotów). January 1: 3 pm – 5 pm, 6 pm – 8 pm. Website, info about tickets (to be purchased on the spot, at the ice rink ticket offices), and Facebook page.

The National Museum 
Location: The National Museum in Warsaw (Muzeum Narodowe), Aleje Jerozolimskie 3 Street (city center), Januar 1: 12 pm – 6 pm. Our tips in English about visiting the National Museum.

An outdoor ice skating rink in Praga
Location: Plac Konesera, Centrum Praskie Koneser (Praga). January 1: 4 pm – 10 pm. If you show a receipt for a minimum amount of PLN 20 (for shopping and restaurants at the Koneser Center on that day), entry to the ice rink and rental are free. You can only buy a ticket for the nearest slot. It is not possible to purchase a ticket earlier and use it at another time. Free entry for children up to 14 years of age accompanied by an adult, from 10 am to 2 pm. More in Polish and Koneser’s Facebook page.

The Viewing Platform of the Palace of Culture and Science
Location: Plac Defilad 1 (city center). The platform is located on the 30th floor (114 m high) of the Palace of Culture and Science. Online ticketsOur tips about visiting the platform. January 1: 12 pm – 8 pm.

The outdoor light display at the Botanical Garden of the Warsaw University
Location: Ogród Botaniczny Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego), Aleje Ujazdowskie 4 Street (city center), the garden on Google map. The Garden is located next to the Łazienki Royal Park (in 1818, the Botanical Garden was separated from the Łazienki). Opening hours: 4 pm – 9 pm. 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. Our tips in English on visiting the Garden.  Find out more in our post on Warsaw’s illuminations in the 2021/2022 season.

Warsaw Zoo
Location: Ratuszowa 1/3 Street (Praga), opening hours: 9 am – 4 pm (weekends and holidays), 9 am – 3.30 pm (Monday-Friday). Last admission one hour before the Zoo closes. Online tickets. Website in English.

Outdoor Christmas Market in the Old Town
Location: Warsaw Old Town, the Warsaw Barbican area, opposite the Royal Castle. January 1: 11 am – 9.30 pm, free entrance. Souvenirs, gifts, local crafts and food like pierogi, hot chocolate or… ice-cream. Facebook page in Polish.

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.

Winter illuminations in the Łazienki Royal Garden
Location: Agrykola 1 Street (city center). The museums are closed, the park is open every day: 6 am – 8 pm, free entrance. 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). 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. More about the Łazienki Park in our post.

A Christmas tree, festive illuminations, and decorations along Warsaw’s streets; Krakowskie Przedmieście and Nowy Świat Streets a car-free zone until January 9  
The lights are switched starting from dusk. The main attractions focus on the “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). Find out more in our post on Warsaw’s illuminations in the 2021/2022 season.

Multimedia Fountain Park – illuminations and shows with music & lights
Location: Multimedia Fountain Park (Multimedialny Park Fontann), a fountain complex located in between the Old Town/New Town area and the Vistula river, location on Google map, free entrance. The illuminations in Fountain Park are turned on every day after dark. The multimedia shows are held on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm. More in English about the fountain parkOur post on Warsaw’s illuminations in 2021/2022.

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