Festive illuminations in Poland: beautiful holiday light displays in Poland

Starting from October/November through the wintertime season, many parks in Poland transform after dark into a magical world of lights, giving you the opportunity to spend time outdoors, walking in winter festive scenery. We take you through selected places across Poland where you can cut yourself off from everyday matters and enjoy autumn and winter in Poland.

Please take into account when planning your visit that there are usually more visitors on weekends, if possible plan your visit outside the weekend.

KRAKÓW: Garden of Lights – “The Smurfs”

The Garden of Lights features this season “The Smurfs” (it’s a new theme this year, in previous seasons it was Peter Pan and Snow White). In addition to almost 30 light installations, all the light figures are surrounded by multimedia illuminations – a combination of sound, image, and music. Other attractions include a multimedia light tunnel, Christmas tree light shows, mappings, and a light maze. All attractions are spread over 6 hectares!

Photo source: Ogród Świateł w Krakowie

GDYNIA: Garden of Lights – “Pinocchio”

The Garden of Lights in Gdynia features this season “Pinocchio” (it’s a new theme this year, last season it was Alice in Wonderland).

The attractions include several dozen light and multimedia attractions, a 14-meter multimedia Christmas tree, laser shows, and food outlets.

Photo source: Ogród Świateł – Gdynia

WROCŁAW: Illuminations in the Zoo

A new exhibition of lights on the map of Poland and Wrocław – illuminations are located in the Wrocław Zoo.

Photo source: Garden of Lights

WROCŁAW: Illuminations in the Botanical Garden

If you need a break from the typical tourist attractions of Wrocław, the Botanical Garden is an oasis of calm in the center of the city (the garden is located about 2 km from the Market Square, in the Ostrów Tumski district – the oldest part of Wrocław that used to be an island). Established in 1811, the park includes ponds with wooden bridges, a greenhouse, and thousands of plants.

Autumn, evening illuminations in the Garden: October 10 – November 30, 2023, 6 pm – 9 pm, tickets 10/15 PLN. The Garden is closed on Mondays.

In winter 2023/2024 there are no illuminations. 

Autumn illuminations:

Photo source: Ogród Botaniczny Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego, Zygmunt Kącki

WROCŁAW area: Illuminations “Lumina Park” at the Topacz Castle (Zamek Topacz)

Zamek Topacz, located 10 km from the city of Wrocław, includes a complex of 6 buildings (hotel, restaurant, automotive museum), a garden, and a pond. The history of this place dates back to the 14th century. In winter, the hotel organizes an illumination exhibition in the park – 11 themed zones with various scenery and music. Over 450,000 points of light have been placed in the castle park with an area of 35,000 sq m and 20 kilometers of the light chain were used to create the exhibition.

A multimedia walk among the trees combined with a pop-culture story – figures of light will lead visitors to the world of iconic films and books (including Star Wars, Pocahontas, King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia).

You can test your knowledge about the movies in a specially prepared Gamification. You can solve the quiz tasks at two levels of difficulty and in three languages (Polish, English, Ukrainian).

Photo source: Lumina Park Wrocław

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

“The Royal Garden of Light” is Warsaw’s must-see sight during the wintertime 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).

Photo source: Muzeum Pałacu Króla Jana III w Wilanowie

WARSAW: illuminated winter garden “Magiczny Botaniczny” / “Magical Botanical”

The visitors can enjoy light structures prepared especially for the Garden (incl. light sculptures of flowers, shrubs, birds, forest animals), referring to the most exciting plants in the Garden’s collection, the relationship between nature and man, and fairy tales and legends related to nature.

Photo source: Lumagica Warszawa

WARSAW area: Garden of Lights – “The Smurfs”

It’s the third season with an outdoor exhibition of illumination in the Botanical Garden in Powsin, a few kilometers south of Warsaw. The main theme of the fairy-tale light display in the 2023/2024 season is “The Smurfs” (Smerfy in Polish). The previous seasons it was “Snow White” and “Peter Pan”.

The exhibition consists of almost 30 light installations, such as a dwarf house in the form of a 12-meter light tunnel, a diamond mine, and many multimedia attractions, laser shows, and mappings. In addition to light decorations related to The Smurfs, the exhibition includes, among others a multimedia Christmas tree made of 42,000 LED lights.

Photo source: Ogród Botaniczny PAN w Powsinie – Botanical Garden in Powsin Warsaw 

ŁÓDŹ: Million Lights Park – “Snow Queen”

In the season 2023/2024 – new installations and decorations!

The lights display is located in the oldest park in Łódź – Park Źródliska. In the 15-hectare garden, you will find mysterious characters, animals telling fairy tales, creaking doors, and a magic tree with signposts that will show you the direction of your visit. Visitors will be surprised by the longest colorful light tunnel in Poland and a garden of spells where you will be able to admire a light and music spectacle.

Photo source: Park Miliona Świateł – Łódź

POZNAŃ: Lumina Park

A park of illumination among trees and shrubs of the Dendrological Garden of the University of Life Sciences in Poznań. 

A Botanical Journey around the world among light and sound. You can test your knowledge about the countries you visit in a specially prepared Gamification. You can solve the quiz tasks at two levels of difficulty and in three languages (Polish, English, Ukrainian).

Photo source: Lumina Park

POZNAŃ area: Winter illuminations and decorations in Deli Park

Deli Park is a park with mini landmarks, giant insects, mini zoo, located 18 km from the city of Poznań. During Christmas and the wintertime, festive illuminations are installed there. You can walk among the illuminated and decorated with colorful lamps the alleys of the park and various types of light illuminations such as a globe, a giant Christmas ball, illuminated light tunnels, a traditional Christmas nativity scene with live animals, and Christmas decorations. There is also a Santa’s Grotto, his sleigh with reindeer, at Santa’s desk, and children will be able to sign up for the Book of Good Children.

Photo source: Deli Park

KATOWICE area: Garden of Lights – “Beauty and the Beast” (Chorzów)

The Garden of Lights in Chorzów (3 km from the center of the city of Katowice) features this season “Beauty and the Beast” (it’s a new theme this year, last season it was Pinocchio). In addition, all the light figures are surrounded by multimedia illuminations – a combination of sound, image and music. During the exhibition, selected attractions of the Legendia amusement park will be available.

  • Location on Google map.
  • Address: Legendia Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczkoplac Atrakcji 1, 41-501 Chorzów. The Garden of Lights is located at the “Legendia” – the oldest amusement park in Poland.
  • November 3, 2023 – February 25, 2024.
  • Website in Polish, FacebookInstagram.

Photo source: Ogród Świateł – Chorzów

KATOWICE area: Million Lights Park in Zabrze

The new installations in the 2023/2024 season – Alice’s Magical Land. 

Photo source: Park Miliona Świateł

LUBLIN: Lumina Park – “History of Light”

The exhibition is located in the Botanical Garden in the city of Lublin. The new installations in the 2023/2024 season: “History of Light”.

Photo source: Lumina Park

WAŁBRZYCH: Winter Garden of Lights at the Książ Castle (Zamek Książ) and in the Palm House – Palmiarnia

Książ Castle – located in western Poland – rises picturesquely on rocks among forests, in the heart of the Landscape Park. It’s a huge building – it is estimated that it is the third-largest castle in Poland after the Malbork Castle and the Wawel Castle in Kraków. During the wintertime, the castle garden is enriched with illuminations and festive decorations.

Photo source: Zamek Książ

The illuminations are lit also in the garden at the Palm House in Wałbrzych. An exotic world of colorful animals is created in the park in autumn and winter – illuminated figures of fish, crabs, turtles, flamingos, and a 4-meter giraffe.

Photo source: Palmiarnia Wałbrzych

BYDGOSZCZ: Lumina Park – “Magical Journey”

In the season 2023/2024 – new installations and decorations. The illumination exhibition is located in the Amusement Park with dinosaurs. In the 2023/2024 season, the theme of the exhibition is Magical Journey.

Photo source: Lumina Park

OGRODZIENIEC CASTLE: Fortress of Lights

The Ogrodzieniec castle – located in southern Poland – is a very photogenic castle (the majestic ruins are enhanced by the rocks used to build the walls of the castle), built in the 14th – 15th centuries. It’s available for tours, including small exhibition rooms – torture room (!), armory, and history of the castle. “Across the street”, 300 m from the castle, there is an interesting hotel with a swimming pool, set into the rocky and green surroundings (POZIOM 511 Design Hotel & SPA).

In autumn and winter, the castle turns into a Fortress of Lights – illuminations are installed in the area of the outer bailey and the entire sightseeing route (illuminated majestic ruins and figures). The Fortress of Lights is the story of Ogrodzieniec Castle told with light and sound.

Photo source: Zamek Ogrodzieniec

GDAŃSK: Festive illuminations in Park Oliwski

Every winter, a large historic Park Oliwski, in the Oliwa district of Gdańsk, hosts the illumination exhibition.

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