Updated: Nov 16, 2019
Traditions of Christmas fairs in Poland is quite long, but in recent years their splendour is growing.
There's no room for cheap products from Asia here. Artists and craftsmen from Poland and abroad exhibit and sell their own products.
You can buy good quality Christmas decorations and local crafts - ceramics, paintings, sculptures, jewellery and even clothing.
You can enjoy regional dishes as much as you like, the most popular of which are pierogi, bigos, casseroles, hot oscypek (smoked sheep's cheese), bread with lard and variety of Polish baked meats. You can buy herring in various spices, home-made cold meats and various sweets.
It is also a time of joy for the inhabitants. On the occasion of the fair, a lot of accompanying events are organized - concerts, performances, shows, ice rink, competitions, merry-go-rounds, etc.
Here is a short review of what will happen in Poland this year:
Krakow, 29 November - 26 December
The oldest and probably most famous Christmas Fair in Poland, which takes place on the Main Market Square. It introduces us to the atmosphere of Christmas and makes the Main Square more colorful and bustling than usual.
Among the souvenirs and gifts, it is worth noting the woolen products and sheep's cheese (oscypek), which are characteristic of the region.
One of the biggest attractions of this fair is the Carol Singing Parade.
On December 5th at the Mickiewicz monument there will be a contest of Krakow Nativity Scene (last year this tradition was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List).
Wrocław, 22 November - 31 December
The most recognizable element of the decoration is the great Christmas Windmill.
A lot of attractions for children were prepared. They can get to know the most beautiful fairy tales in the fairy tale forest, turn around on the “Rudolph and friends"; carousel, take part in handicraft workshops or try the Winter Labyrinth.
There will also be Elves and Reindeer Parade.
Only during the fair you can also meet the Gift Dwarf, who fulfils your Christmas wishes.
Gdańsk, 23 November - 2 January
The Gdansk fair is traditionally held at the Coal Market between two famous gates - the Golden and the Upland. It is then that fairy-tale decorations with Angel's Mill, Enchanted Carriage, where you can take a picture, giant bombs or the Marina Pod Jemiołą, especially for lovers, are created.
The ice rink, the Venetian carousel and the 50-metre AmberSky lookout wheel provide great fun.
On weekends you can also see large format animations.
Craftsmen sell jewellery, ceramics and hand-made clothes in festively decorated stalls, and traditional cold cuts and dumplings are prepared.
Poznań, 16 November - 22 December
On Wolności Square there will once again be merry-go-rounds and a 30-metre-long Ferris wheel.
As every year, Poznań Ice Festival will be organized.
The weekend of 7-8 December will be the fourteenth edition of the biggest ice festival in Poland. 24 sculptors from 11 countries from all over the world (including the United States, the Philippines, Malaysia and Mexico) will come to the festival of ice sculptures to the capital of Wielkopolska.
The Old Market Square will host for the second time an ice town with an area of over 100 square meters.
Warsaw, 23 November - 6 January
Every year there are several dozen wooden cottages on the Barbican, where you can taste Christmas dishes and drinks, as well as buy original gifts and handicrafts: ornaments, jewelry, souvenirs.
It is worthwhile to take a walk along the royal route with magnificent Christmas illumination.
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